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What Is a Graf?


Definition: A graf is, in newsroom parlance, the term for a paragraph. The term graf is usually tossed around by editors and is either written on a story or referred to verbally.

Graf is part of a general editorial short hand that editors at newspapers, magazines and other publications use. For example, an editor might tell you to fix your first graf. An editor might also write out the word "graf" on a story, in reference to a paragraph, so you should know what the term stands for.

Because the term is slang, it would not be used in a sentence. It would, most often, appear on a draft of a story.

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