NOT A TEACHER
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Is the news bar at the bottom of the TV screen "subtitles"? Or maybe "footnote"?
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I believe that some people in the American TV industry also refer to it as a:
"breaking news scrawl."
1. Of course, I am no expert in the TV industry. (I could not get into a TV studio to save my life!)
2. My dictionary tells me that "scrawl" is probably an "alteration" of "crawl." In other words, they do not know the
origin of the word.
3. Of course, I went to Professor Google and found these sentences:
a. CNN ... helped popularize the "scrawl" which has become a staple of cable news programming a constant ticker
tape of brief headlines. (Green Culture, 2011, Kevin Wehr.)
b. The bottom of the screen, if we can see it, has one of those message scrawls moving across it."
(Raise the Dead, 2012, Moore, Reppion, and Raicht.)
c. There was a scrawl across the bottom of the screen updating local races. (Funny Zoo Stories)
4. I have absolutely no idea which word is used more frequently in American TV.
5. If I were a TV producer (fat chance!), I should prefer "scrawl." "Crawl" reminds me of spiders; "scrawl" with its
"s" reminds me of "scroll."
P.S. Maybe someone in the entertainment industry will tell us which term is preferred in the TV news world. I am strictly
a journalist manque. So I have no idea.