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The Elements of News Writing

by
Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780205386512

ISBN10:
0205386512
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2005
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon

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Summary

Modeled on Strunk's classicThe Elements of Style,this text is a clear, concise handbook that presents the essential rules of journalism.The Elements of News Writingcovers the basics of news writing with none of the extra verbiage that bogs down many textbooks. The author pays extra attention to grammar and usage, with easy-to follow basic tips on writing.

Table of Contents

PART ONE The Basics
What Is News?
1(5)
Kershner's Five Rules of Journalism
6(4)
Basics of Good Journalism
10(5)
A Stylebook Primer
15(3)
How to Read a Newspaper
18(5)
PART TWO Grammar and Usage
Commonly Misused Words
23(4)
A Concise Guide to Comma Usage
27(5)
Colons and Semicolons
32(4)
Punctuating Quotations
36(4)
Active and Passive Voice
40(4)
Spelling Checkers
44(3)
PART THREE Writing News Stories
How to Write a News Story in 15 Steps
47(6)
How to Write a Strong Lead
53(6)
How to Structure a News Story
59(7)
How to Conduct an Interview
66(7)
PART FOUR Covering Beats
How to Cover Meetings and Speeches
73(6)
How to Cover Police and Courts
79(5)
How to Cover Disasters and Tragedies
84(5)
How to Write Obituaries
89(3)
PART FIVE Specialized Writing
How to Write Reviews and Criticism
92(5)
How to Write Editorials and Columns
97(4)
How to Write Profiles
101(3)
How to Write Feature Stories
104(4)
How to Market Feature Stories
108(5)
PART SIX Editing Newspapers
How Newspapers Are Organized
113(5)
How to Plan a Newspaper
118(5)
How to Lay Out Pages
123(4)
How to Write Headlines
127(3)
How to Write Cutlines
130(3)
How to Use Photos and Graphics
133(4)
How to Edit Stories
137(3)
PART SEVEN Advanced Topics
History of Journalism in the United States
140(6)
Legal Considerations in Journalism
146(4)
Ethical Considerations in Journalism
150(7)
The Role of News Media in American Society
157(6)
Tips From the Best
163(3)
Index 166


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