Journalists are known for getting things wrong whenever the subject is something outside of their area of expertise, i.e., anything other than journalism. (And even then I don’t trust them.) Recent media coverage of semi-automatic rifles and meteors illustrates this.
It’s a meteoroid when it’s in space.
It’s a meteor as it passes through the Earth’s atmosphere creating a streak of light and shedding glowing material in its wake.
It’s a meterorite after it hits the ground.