Understanding Journalism

Understanding Journalism

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This bestselling, approachable textbook begins from the assertion that the practice of journalism should be driven by a commitment to service the public interest. With this goal in sight, Understanding Journalism explains in a clear and engaging manner both the principles and techniques required to become a successful - and valued - journalist.

This new edition:

Includes expanded coverage of digital and social media platforms and visual storytelling
Contains a brand new chapter on data journalism which gives students the knowledge and skills required to navigate, interpret and present data effectively
Encourages students to confront the everyday decisions involved in journalistic practice through a series of scenarios and discussion questions
Features a fresh, easy-to-navigate text design to enable easy progress through the book

By presenting the theoretical foundations of the profession alongside practical, step-by-step guidance, this book gives students everything they need to become effective and responsible journalists.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 186 x 232 x 22.86mm | 690g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 1526428091
  • 9781526428097
  • 2,136,487

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Who is a Journalist?
Chapter 3 Journalism as Decision Making
Chapter 4 Finding Stories
Chapter 5 Choosing Stories
Chapter 6 Researching Stories
Chapter 7 Researching Stories: Interviews
Chapter 8 Researching Stories: Data
Chapter 9 Telling Stories
Chapter 10 Editing Stories
Chapter 11 Long-form stories
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Sheridan Burns was among the first to apply a genuine 'reflective practice' approach to journalism education - teaching students how to report effectively within ethical boundaries. The latest edition of Understanding Journalism - co-written with Benjamin J Matthews - retains that mindful approach to the enterprise and applies it to a host of fresh situations - including social media, false news and citizen journalism

- in the digital and geopolitical context. The authors reaffirm the importance of considered and research-based journalism practice in a troubled and divided world. This book continues to set the standard as the truly international primer for journalists. -- Mark Pearson Understanding Journalism is an injunction and a guide to students, journalists and others to think about journalism - what is is, how it is done, and what it means - at time when it has never been more important to do so. -- Michael Bromley This 3rd edition of the classic text on understanding, thinking about and practising journalism hones the argument that, amid the chatter, reflective and ethical journalists are the upholders of journalism's purpose in a rapidly transforming media environment. Understanding Journalism brings theory and practice together to provide a richly informed, scholarly, accessible, engaging and practical step-by-step guide to the decision making process that is public interest journalism. All journalism students and journalists should read and learn from it. -- Bonita Mason
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About Lynette Sheridan Burns

Lynette Sheridan Burns has been a journalist for 25 years first in Sydney, then regional new South Wales, where she won three consecutive journalism awards. In 1989 she moved to the University of Newcastle, Australia, where she established its journalism program in 1992. Today she combines teaching with freelance journalism and award-wining research into problem-based curriculum design.
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