Writing and Reporting the News

Writing and Reporting the News

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Writing and Reporting the News, Second Edition, by Gerald Lanson and Mitchell Stephens provides thorough instructions on writing and reporting and extensive opportunities to apply those instructions. Based on the authors' careers as journalists and on the experience of dozens of other first-rate reporters, this unique textbook/workbook combination gives students a sense of the challenges, pressures, and rewards of the profession. It supplies hundreds of real-life examples and problems designed to accomplish four goals: 1) teach a comprehensive set of complex writing and reporting skills; 2) expose students to real-life sources of information; 3) train students to think and act like reporters; and 4) help students think about words and how they are used.show more

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 208.3 x 276.9 x 25.4mm | 1,020.59g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations, 1 map, ports.
  • 019515519X
  • 9780195155198

Table of contents

Preface; List of Newspapers and Wire Services; Introduction; WRITING; PART 1 THE NEWS; CHAPTER 1 NEWS JUDGMENT; Impact; Weight; Controversy; Emotion; The Unusual; Prominence; Proximity; Timeliness; Currency; Usefulness; Educational Value; Additional Reading; Exercises; CHAPTER 2 FAIRNESS; Rooting; Ignoring; Agreeing; Concluding; Stereotyping; Excluding; Additional Reading; Exercises; CHAPTER 3 THE LANGUAGE OF NEWS; Precision; Clarity; Conciseness; Directness; Additional Reading; Exercises; PART 2 LEADS; CHAPTER 4 TRADITIONAL LEADS; Length; Choosing the Lead; The Five Ws; Details; Context; The Lead's Lead; Points; Label Leads; The Angle; Additional Reading; Exercises; CHAPTER 5 OTHER LEADS; Zingers; Anecdotes; Scene Setters; Quotations; The Angle; Appropriateness; Dilly-Dallying; Control; Additional Reading; Exercises; PART 3 STORIES; CHAPTER 6 ATTRIBUTION; When to Attribute; Guidelines; Exercises; CHAPTER 7 QUOTATIONS; Direct Quotes; Partial Quotes; Paraphrasing; Form; Length; Choruses; Dishonest Quotes; Editing Quotes; Responsibility for Quotes; Exercises; CHAPTER 8 INFORMATION SELECTION; Selectivity; Thoroughness; Exercises; CHAPTER 9 ORGANIZATION; Paragraphs; The Inverted Pyramid; Supporting the Lead; Elaborating; Secondary Themes; Like Ideas Together; Two or More Primary Themes; Chronology; Transitions; Bullets; After Soft Leads; Additional Reading; Exercises; CHAPTER 10 BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT; The Past; Comparison; Patterns; The Future; Exercises; CHAPTER 11 GRAPHICS; Highlight Boxes; Charts and Infographics; Maps; Additional Reading; Exercises; REPORTING; PART 4 TECHNIQUES; CHAPTER 12 FACTS; Checking; Proof; Interpretation; Additional Reading; Exercises; CHAPTER 13 STORY ORIGINATION; Press Releases; Tips; Records; Localizing; Regionalizing; Follow-Up; Unannounced Stories; Additional Reading; Exercises; CHAPTER 14 RESEARCH; The Clips; References; Computers; Records; Statistics; Reporters' Files; Additional Reading; Exercises; CHAPTER 15 SOURCES; Who; Cultivating; Avoiding Being Cultivated; Ground Rules; Exercises; CHAPTER 16 INTERVIEWING; The Preinterview; Interview Strategies; Questions; Note Taking; Staying in Control; Listening; The End; The Postinterview; Additional Reading; Exercises; PART 5 COVERAGE; CHAPTER 17 OBITUARIES; Form; Getting the Information; Enterprise; Additional Reading; Exercises; CHAPTER 18 MEETINGS, SPEECHES AND PRESS CONFERENCES; Meetings; Speeches and Press Conferences; Exercises; CHAPTER 19 GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS; Sources; Records and Documents; Budgets; Bids; Campaigns; Polls; Additional Reading; Exercises; CHAPTER 20 POLICE; Beat Checks; Sources; Crime; Fires, Accidents and Disasters; Enterprise; Additional Reading; Exercises; CHAPTER 21 COURTS; Records; Sources; Criminal Court; Civil Court; Enterprise; Additional Reading; Exercises; CHAPTER 22 FEATURES; Observation; Description; Tone; Types; Additional Reading; Exercises; PART 6 SPECIALIZED COVERAGE; CHAPTER 23 MUNICIPAL SERVICES; Sources; Records; Basic Stories; Enterprise; Story Approaches; Additional Reading; Exercises; CHAPTER 24 EDUCATION; Sources; Documents; Basic Stories; Enterprise; Additional Reading; Exercises; CHAPTER 25 BUSINESS AND LABOR; Business Sources; Labor Sources; Documents; Basic Stories; Enterprise; Additional Reading; Exercises; CHAPTER 26 SCIENCE; Preparation; Complexity and Uncertainty; Whom Do You Trust?; Sources; Journals; References; Basic Stories; Enterprise; Additional reading; Exercises; CHAPTER 27 BROADCAST JOURNALISM; Broadcast Writing; Radio Reporting; Television Reporting; Additional Reading; Exercises; THE BASICS; A. FORMAT; Computer Format; Traditional Format; Exercises; B. STYLE; Abbreviations; Capitalization; Names and Courtesy Titles; Numbers; Punctuation; Spelling; Sexism; Additional Reading; Exercises; C. SPELLING AND GRAMMAR; Who, Which and That; Verb Tense; Agreement; Misplaced Modifiers; Parallel Construction; Additional Reading; Exercises; D. ANALOGIES, METAPHORS AND CLICHES; Analogies; Mixed Metaphors; Cliches; Additional Reading; Exercises; E. ETHICS; Freebies; Checkbook Journalism; Conflict of Interest; Misrepresentation; Private Lives; Additional Reading; F. LAW; Libel; Privacy; Protecting Sources; Access; Additional Readings; INDEXshow more

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