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This vocabulary will be useful if you ever take a media course in school, for expanding your English vocabulary, or especially for any number of English language exams you may take. Here we will look at the most commonly used words related to media, along with their French translations.


a form of communication that attempts to persuade potential customers to purchase or to consume more of a particular brand of a product or service

And after she threatened legal action, the advertisement was withdrawn.

la publicité


a story based on the facts

An accompanying article suggests red wines that pair nicely with burgers.



a website usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video

Like all Internet phenomena, blogs have a short history.

le blog


communicating in real-time through computers or smart phones by writing messages back and forth

The company started online chats about a year ago.



a programmable electronic device designed to accept data and display the results of these operations

A human player can play against a friend or the computer.



worthy of belief or confidence

You have to raise funds to be credible in any election.



article written by the editor giving his opinion on a problem or event

Editorials in German newspapers over the weekend overwhelmingly favored the decision.



a person who sees an occurrence with his own eyes and is able to give a firsthand account of it

We believe in eyewitnesses testifying to what they saw and heard.

le témoin oculaire


a word or group of words that starts with the number sign (#) and is used to group together similar ideas and topics; for example, #firstworldproblems

Instagram has over 53 million photos tagged with the hashtag #selfie.

le hashtag


title of any newspaper article

He was responding to a headline we had on page one.

le gros titre


a person who writes articles for a news organization

Some Palestinian journalists this week publicly protested Arafat’s decision.

le/la journaliste


a lie that causes damage

Former Atlanta Olympics chief Billy Payne threatened to sue for libel.

la diffamation


a publication generally published on a regular schedule, containing a variety of articles, generally financed by advertising

He was in the newspapers and magazines more than the president.

le magazine


any new information on current events which is presented by print, broadcast, Internet, or word of mouth to a third party or mass audience

Mangan concluded the news conference with a message to the hostages.

les informations

news feed

on Facebook, the center column of a person’s home page

These activities would be published to users’ news feeds.

le fil d’actualités


a written publication containing news, information, and advertising

The ads were placed only in Washington and New York newspapers.

le journal


a person’s thoughts about a particular subject

And it is not supported by Congress or American public opinion.



to put forth as original to oneself the ideas or words of another

Banharn was also accused of plagiarizing his master’s thesis.



a person who gathers and reports news for a news organization

Biden was snared by reporters hungry for any tidbit of news.

le reporter


a false report maliciously uttered and tending to injure the reputation of a person

Korzhakov shot back by slapping a lawsuit on Yeltsin for slander.

la calomnie


someone who gives a reporter information; a supplier of information

What is the source of that statistic?

la source


a news article or report

Murders of infants by au pairs make for sensational news stories.



the action of attaching a person’s name to a picture of them on Facebook

You can post that photo, but please don’t tag me in it.



an electronic device or set for receiving televised broadcasts or similar programming

By television standards, live courtroom coverage is a primitive business.

la télévision

the media

all the means of mass communication (newspapers, TV, radio, websites, magazines)

The media tease also risks confusing voters and turning off editors.

le média


a word, phrase, or topic that is popular on Twitter at any given moment

The song’s performance became a trending topic on Twitter.

faire le buzz


a message sent on Twitter

Schilling deleted and apologized for the controversial tweet the same day.

le tweet


anything that is shared on social networks and gets passed along to many people very rapidly

Within minutes, the picture of the dress had gone viral.


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