cover story


Definition of cover story

: a story accompanying a magazine-cover illustration

Examples of cover story in a Sentence

The magazine recently did a cover story on diabetes.

Recent Examples on the Web

Armada — through public voting and a panel of judges — could be named the nicest place in a cover story in the magazine's November issue. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Town overcame senseless tragedy. Now, it's vying to be the nation's nicest place," 9 July 2019 Rebecca is a business reporter covering stories of innovation and entrepreneurship across the state. Rebecca Lurye,, "After 26 years without a black mayor, six Hartford residents try to break the streak without splitting the vote," 6 July 2019 Growing up, your parents most likely diverted your attention away from invented tabloid cover stories at the supermarket checkout counter. Alexander Heffner, WIRED, "Greed Is to Blame for the Radicalization of Social Media," 30 June 2019 Article failed to address legality of picking plants in open spaces The Union-Tribune heard loudly from readers last week about Wednesday’s Food section cover story. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Readers tore into food story on foraging," 28 June 2019 Alison Wonderland told Billboard in her March cover story. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 32 Best Dance Songs of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 27 June 2019 And please take a moment to read the cover story for the July issue of Fortune, a highly readable account by Aric Jenkins about what has gone wrong—and what may yet go right—with virtual reality. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency and Its Generational Divide — Data Sheet," 20 June 2019 These papers play an important role in the U.S. media landscape by covering stories and topics that go unreported by their mainstream counterparts. Chad Painter, The Conversation, "How the New York media covered the Stonewall riots," 19 June 2019 Our cover story this month, from editor Eric Betz, takes you through the new world of the tyrannosaurs. Discover Magazine, "Table of Contents April 2019," 16 June 2019

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First Known Use of cover story

1948, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cover story

: an important story or article that is the main subject shown on the cover of a magazine

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