News Writing and Reporting for Today's Media

News Writing and Reporting for Today's Media

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Designed for introductory news writing and reporting classes, this text focuses on real reporters in real situations. It presents up-to-date coverage of writing principles, with a wide variety of actual news stories from a variety of newspapers. The third edition includes a new chapter on multicultural reporting, expanded coverage of information gathering, and broader coverage of ethics. Its special features are as follows: it uses first-person accounts from working reporters and editors to give students a sense of the excitement of the profession and to show how concepts and principles work in real situations; it provides detailed, comprehensive discussions of the rudiments of news writing and reporting, including coverage on leads, story organization, interviewing, quotations and attribution, and qualities of good writing and gathering of information; it integrates sections on broadcast writing and discusses the differences and similarities between print and broadcast reporting and writing; and it exposes students to a wide variety of current examples of news stories, such as writing excerpts and story sources from small daily newspapers to regional and metropolitan ones.
Aspects new to this edition include: a new chapter on multicultural reporting, which stresses how important it is for students to be sensitive to cultures, ethnic groups, religions and lifestyles different from their own; a new chapter on developing a news story, which shows students how to develop a story from day to day and week to week; a chapter on specialized reporting, which now includes coverage of environmental writing and medical and science writing, and features examples and tips from environmental reporter Casey Bukro of "Chicago Tribune"; and it includes broader coverage of ethics and how the journalist's story impacts on society.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 736 pages
  • McGraw-Hill Education (Ise Editions)
  • London, United Kingdom
  • International 2 Revised ed
  • 0071133844
  • 9780071133845

Table of contents

Part 1 The fourth estate: the modern media; ingredients of news. Part 2 The rudiments: summary leads; special leads; organizing a news story; developing a news story; quotations and attributions; qualities of good writing. Part 3 Gathering information: written sources; electronic sources; human sources - interviews; human sources - surveys. Part 4 Basic assignments: obituaries; press releases; press conferences and speeches; weather and disasters. Part 5 Beats: multicultural; city government; police and fire; courts; sports. Part 6 Advanced assignments: features; in-depth and investigative reporting; business and consumer news; other specialists. Part 7 Writing for radio, television and the wires: broadcast writing; wire services. Part 8 Beyond the writing: law; ethics - responsibility to society. Appendices: associated press style rules; codes of ethics; glossary.
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