9780195306668

Writing and Reporting the News

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  • ISBN13:

    9780195306668

  • ISBN10:

    019530666X

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/2/2007
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

Writing and Reporting the News, Third Edition, is a comprehensive and accessible introductory text for journalism students. Jerry Lanson and Mitchell Stephens provide thorough instruction on writing and reporting, hundreds of examples of good and bad writing and extensive opportunities toapply their advice through practical exercises. Based on the authors' careers as journalists and journalism professors--and on the experience of dozens of other first-rate reporters--this unique textbook/workbook gives students a clear, logical introduction to the craft of journalism. The book isdesigned to accomplish three goals: * to teach clear, concise and accurate writing * to teach students how to find reliable information about newsworthy events and issues and how to set this information within an understandable and meaningful context * to explain the workings of print, online and broadcast newsrooms and how the gathering and delivery of news are changing in today's increasingly digital and cross-media age Discussions and examples have been updated throughout for this new edition. A new section covers writing for the Internet, and the authors have also added boxed sections in which reporters offer tips on how to cover specific types of stories and beats.

Author Biography


Jerry Lanson is Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism at Emerson College and served as its first chair. A former editor at the San Jose Mercury and an experienced writing coach, he is the coauthor of News in a New Century: Reporting in an Age of Converging Media (1999).
Mitchell Stephens is Professor in the Department of Journalism at New York University. He is the author of A History of News (OUP, 2007), the rise of the image the fall of the word (OUP, 1998), and Broadcast News (2004).

Table of Contents

Most chapters conclude with a Summary, Additional Reading and Exercises
List of Exercises
Preface
List of Newspapers and Wire Services
Introduction
Writing
The News
News Judgment
Impact
Weight
Controversy
Emotion
The Unusual
Prominence
Proximity
Timeliness
Currency
Usefulness
Educational Value
Fairness
Rooting
Ignoring
Agreeing
Concluding
Stereotyping
Excluding
The Language of News
Precision
Clarity
Conciseness
Directness
Leads
Traditional Leads
Length
Choosing the Lead
The Five Ws
Details
Context
The Lead's Lead
Points
Label Leads
The Angle
Other Leads
Zingers
Anecdotes
Scene Setters
Quotations
The Angle
Appropriateness
Dilly-Dallying
Control
Stories
Attribution
When to Attribute
Guidelines
Quotations
Direct Quotes
Partial Quotes
Paraphrasing
Form
Length
Choruses
Dishonest Quotes
Editing Quotes
Responsibility for Quotes
Information Selection
Selectivity
Thoroughness
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
Background and Context
The Past
Comparison
Patterns
The Future
Reporting in a Multimedia Age
Writing for the Internet
Using Graphics to Tell the Story
Highlight Boxes
Charts and Infographics
Maps
Reporting
Techniques
Facts
Checking
Proof
Interpretation
Story Origination
Press Releases
Tips
Records
Localizing
Regionalizing
Follow-Up
Unannounced Stories
Research
Figure Out a Search Strategy
Find the Best Tools
Computer-Assisted Reporting
Records
Reporters' Files
Sources
Who
Cultivating
Avoiding Being Cultivated
Ground Rules
Interviewing
The Preinterview
Interview Strategies
Questions
Note Taking
Staying in Control
Listening
The End
The Postinterview
Coverage
Obituaries
Form
Getting the Information
Enterprise
Meetings, Speeches and Press Conferences
Meetings
Speeches and Press Conferences
Government and Politics
Sources
Records and Documents
Budgets
Bids
Campaigns
Polls
Police
Beat Checks
Sources
Crime
Fires, Accidents and Disasters
Enterprise
Courts
Records
Sources
Criminal Court
Civil Court
Enterprise
Features
Preparation
Observation
Building the Story
Tone
Types
Specialized Coverage
Municipal Services
Sources
Records
Basic Stories
Enterprise
Story Approaches
Education
Sources
Documents
Basic Stories
Enterprise
Business and Labor
Business Sources
Labor Sources
Documents
Basic Stories
Enterprise
Science, Medicine and the Environment
Preparation
Complexity and Uncertainty
Whom Do You Trust?Sources
Journals
References
Basic Stories
Enterprise
Broadcast Journalism
Broadcast Writing
Radio Reporting
Television Reporting
The Basics
Format
Fundamentals
Editing the Old-Fashioned Way
Exercises
Style
Abbreviations
Capitalization
Names and Courtesy Titles
Numbers
Punctuation
Spelling
Sexism
Spelling and Grammar
Who, Which and That
Verb Tense
Agreement
Misplaced Modifiers
Parallel Construction
Analogies, Metaphors and Cliches
Analogies
Mixed Metaphors
Cliches
Ethics
Freebies
Checkbook Journalism
Conflict of Interest
Misrepresentation
Private Lives
Law
Libel
Privacy
Protecting Sources
Access
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