History of Newspaper Lingo

Tolles Posting von The Week anlässlich des 162. Geburtstages der New York Times:

By 1734, you could insult a newspaper by calling it a rag. Know where the bodies are buried? You could make a living as a death-hunter, "one who furnishes a newspaper with reports of deaths," says the OED.

Reporters weren't called reporters until about 1776, as per the OED. By 1810, if you were a writer for hire, you might be called a hack, and in the 1870s, a story you got before a competitor was called a beat or scoop.

A brief history of newspaper lingo (via FJP)