What Is a Deck in Journalism?

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In journalism, a deck is a small secondary headline that summarizes the story. It is also called a "dek," a "deck copy" or "bank."

The news writing style is the standard for reporting news in media outlets, such as television, newspapers and radio. One aspect that it covers is the correct usage of journalistic terminologies.

The deck comes before the headline and the main story. It is usually a phrase, a sentence or a paragraph, which is placed near a story's title and may serve as an article teaser. Other terms used in journalism are "deadline," "direct route," "freelancer" and "hard copy."