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Journalism Quiz


  1. What word essentially means the act of publishing a false statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone?
  2. Which London street became synonymous with British journalism, with a history of printing and publishing as far back as the start of the 16th century?
  3. What term describes the practice of paying the participants in a news event a large sum of money for the exclusive rights to their story?
  4. Which prize established in 1917 was created to honour the best of American journalism and is administered by Columbia University?
  5. Which weekly British magazine on politics, current affairs and culture, first published in 1828, is the oldest weekly magazine in the world?
  6. Which term used to describe the press was attributed to British politician Edmund Burke by Thomas Carlyle, who used it in a parliamentary debate in 1787?
  7. What four letter term is often used by some UK journalists as a form of self-deprecating, humorous self-description?
  8. What word means the vertical margin of white space where two pages meet, such as in the crease of a newspaper or book?
  9. During World War II, which famous author worked as a journalist and war correspondent at The Observer for seven years?
  10. Which American journalist founded the gonzo journalism movement and rose to prominence with the publication of his 1967 book Hell's Angels?
  11. Which English journalist was Chief News Correspondent for BBC News between 1989 and 2003?
  12. Which 14 letter word is a type of editorial tactic to present stories in a way that is intended to provoke public interest or excitement, at the expense of accuracy?
  13. How long does copyright exist after the creator's death?
  14. Which American broadcast journalist became the first female co-anchor of a network evening news program in 1976?
  15. Rupert Murdoch moved his News International printing and publishing works to which district of London in 1986?


  1. Libel
  2. Fleet Street
  3. Checkbook journalism
  4. The Pulitzer Prize
  5. The Spectator
  6. The Fourth Estate
  7. Hack
  8. Gutter
  9. George Orwell
  10. Hunter Stockton Thompson
  11. Kathryn Adie
  12. Sensationalism
  13. 70 years
  14. Barbara Walters
  15. Wapping