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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.
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|
|List of Newspapers and Wire Services|
|The Language of News|
|Choosing the Lead|
|The Five Ws|
|The Lead's Lead|
|When to Attribute|
|Responsibility for Quotes|
|The Inverted Pyramid|
|Supporting the Lead|
|Like Ideas Together|
|Two or More Primary Themes|
|After Soft Leads|
|Background and Context|
|Reporting in a Multimedia Age|
|Writing for the Internet|
|Using Graphics to Tell the Story|
|Charts and Infographics|
|Figure Out a Search Strategy|
|Find the Best Tools|
|Avoiding Being Cultivated|
|Staying in Control|
|Getting the Information|
|Meetings, Speeches and Press Conferences|
|Speeches and Press Conferences|
|Government and Politics|
|Records and Documents|
|Fires, Accidents and Disasters|
|Building the Story|
|Business and Labor|
|Science, Medicine and the Environment|
|Complexity and Uncertainty|
|Whom Do You Trust?Sources|
|Editing the Old-Fashioned Way|
|Names and Courtesy Titles|
|Spelling and Grammar|
|Who, Which and That|
|Analogies, Metaphors and Cliches|
|Conflict of Interest|
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