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10 Terms Every Freelance Writer Should Know

A refresher course on the jargon of journalism

By Kristen Fischer - January 2, 2013
When in doubt, ask. Unfortunately, many rookie freelance writers don't follow that advice for fear of appearing uneducated or inexperienced. Instead, they just assume that when an editor said a spring cleaning idea was too "evergreen" that she meant it was too environmentally focused; in fact, the term refers to stories that are general and not timely.

And that's just one of the many words or phrases you might hear in a newsroom or see in an email from an editor. This is why we've put together a list of terms that you should know -- but may not. Granted, these are just a handful of the most common and are, in some cases, unique to print publications. So, feel free to add others to the comments section.

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