Now in its eleventh edition, Writing and Reporting for the Media continues to be a top resource for journalism courses. A fundamental introduction to newswriting and reporting, this classic text focuses on the basics of reporting, including critical thinking, thorough reporting, excellent writing and creative visual communication skills for stories across all media.
NEW TO THIS EDITION · The book's updated title, Writing and Reporting for the Media, reflects the expanded breadth of journalism to include text, audio, photos, video and design for all media · Innovative collaborations of journalism and digital media are covered in Chapter 13, Digital Media: Online, Mobile and Social Media, which includes instruction on how digital journalism differs from print and how to combine multiple elements for a digital package · The complementary relationship of visuals and reporting is demonstrated in Chapter 14, Visual Journalism, which covers basic skills for shooting still and video images and recording audio · A newly revised Chapter 4, The Language of News, includes guidance on usage and grammar for the news media · In full-color for the first time, the text's updated visuals now represent all media, including television, the Internet and mobile media · A fully updated and expanded AP Style Guide is available to package with the text or purchase as a separate supplement
John R. Bender is Professor of Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Lucinda D. Davenport is Director and Professor of Journalism at Michigan State University.
Michael W. Drager is Associate Professor of Journalism at Shippensburg University.
Fred Fedler is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Central Florida.
Table of Contents
SECTION I: THE TOOLS OF JOURNALISM
Chapter 1: JOURNALISM TODAY The Journalism Profession More News from More Sources The News as a Business What Does It Take to Be a Successful Journalist? Journalism Style
Chapter 2: SELECTING AND REPORTING THE NEWS News Characteristics and News Elements Types of News--Hard News and Soft News What Is Not Newsworthy? The Importance of Accuracy
Chapter 3: NEWSWRITING STYLE Simplify Words, Sentences and Paragraphs Eliminate Unnecessary Words Quiz Remain Objective Respecting Diversity
Chapter 4: THE LANGUAGE OF NEWS The Effectiveness of Words Mastering Grammar Basic Sentence Structure Common Grammatical Errors Spelling Punctuation Writing Like a Pro Problems to Avoid
Chapter 7: BASIC NEWS LEADS Prewriting The News Lead Sentence Structure in Leads Guidelines for Writing Effective Leads Avoiding Some Common Errors
Chapter 8: ALTERNATIVE LEADS Criticisms "Buried" or "Delayed" Leads Multiparagraph Leads Using Quotations Using Questions Types of Alternative Leads
Chapter 9: THE BODY OF A NEWS STORY The Inverted-Pyramid Style The Hourglass Style The Focus Style The Narrative Style Using Transitions Explain the Unfamiliar The Importance of Examples The Use of Description The Need to Be Fair The Final Step: Edit Your Story
Chapter 10: QUOTATIONS AND ATTRIBUTION Quotations Blending Quotations and Narrative Attribution
Chapter 11: INTERVIEWING Preparing for the Interview Conducting the Interview Writing the Interview Story
Chapter 12: WRITING FOR RADIO AND TV NEWS Story Structure Leads The Body of a Story Updating Broadcast News Stories Guidelines for Copy Preparation Sources for Broadcast News Broadcast Interviewing The Newsroom
Chapter 13: DIGITAL MEDIA: ONLINE, MOBILE AND SOCIAL MEDIA Linear vs. Nonlinear Writing Elements of the Story Package Blogging and Digital Media
Chapter 14: VISUAL JOURNALISM The Roots of Visual Journalism Visual Journalism Today The Digital News Package Technology You Will Need
SECTION IV: APPLYING THE SKILLS OF JOURNALISM
Chapter 15: SPEECHES AND MEETINGS Advance Stories Covering the Speech or Meeting Follow Stories Remember Your Readers Adding Color
Chapter 17: FEATURE STORIES Finding Story Ideas and Gathering Information Parts of Feature Stories Types of Feature Stories
Chapter 18: PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORTING Crime and Accidents Local Government Courts
Chapter 19: INTRODUCTION TO INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING Investigative Reporting in American Journalism What Is Investigative Reporting? Whom and What to Investigate Developing an Investigative Story The Investigative Interview Writing the Investigative Story Using Technology in Investigative Reporting Ethical Issues in Investigative Reporting
Chapter 20: JOURNALISM AND PUBLIC RELATIONS What Is Public Relations? Becoming a Public Relations Practitioner Working With News Media Tips for Effective News Releases From the Journalist's Perspective: Working With Press Releases The No. 1 Problem: Lack of Newsworthiness Focusing on the News Tightening the Writing The No. 2 Problem: Lack of Objectivity Eliminating Puffery Other Problems With News Releases
Appendix A: City Directory Appendix B: Rules for Forming Possessives Appendix C: Answer Keys Credit Lines Index