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Table of Contents
PART ONE: The Basics
1. What is News?
2. History of Journalism in the United States
3. The Role of the News Media in American Society
4. Kershner's Five Rules of Journalism
5. Basics of Good Journalism
6. A Stylebook Primer
7. How to Read a Newspaper
PART TWO: Grammar and Usage
8. Commonly Misused Words
10. Punctuating Quotations
11. Active and Passive Voice
12. Spell Checkers
PART THREE: Writing News Stories
13. How to Write a News Story in 15 Steps
14. How to Write a Strong Lead
15. How to Structure a News Story
16. How to Conduct an Interview
PART FOUR: Covering Beats
17. How to Cover Meetings and Speeches
18. How to Cover the Police and Courts
19. How to Cover Disasters and Tragedies
20. How to Write Obituaries
PART FIVE: Specialized Writing
21. How to Write Reviews and Criticism
22. How to Write Editorials and Columns
23. How to Write Feature Stories
24. How to Write Profiles
25. How to Market Feature Stories
PART SIX: Editing Newspapers
26. How Newspapers Are Organized
27. How to Plan a Newspaper
28. How to Lay Out a Page
29. How to Write Headlines
30. How to Write Cutlines
31. How to Use Photos and Graphics
32. How to Edit Stories
PART SEVEN: Advanced Topics
33. Legal Considerations in Journalism
34. Ethical Considerations in Journalism
35. The Future of the Mass Media
36. Tips From the Best