The Elements of News Writing

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-02-19
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Modeled on Strunk and White's classicThe Elements of Style,this 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 books. The author pays extra attention to grammar and usage, with easy-to-follow basic tips on writing.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
About the Authorp. viii
The Basics
What Is News?p. 1
History of Journalism in the United Statesp. 6
The Role of News Media in American Societyp. 12
Kershner's Five Rules of Journalismp. 18
Basics of Good Journalismp. 22
A Stylebook Primerp. 27
How to Read a Newspaperp. 30
Grammar and Usage
Commonly Misused Wordsp. 34
Commas, Colons, and Semicolonsp. 38
Punctuating Quotationsp. 44
Active and Passive Voicep. 48
Spell Checkersp. 52
Writing News Stories
How to Write a News Story in 15 Stepsp. 54
How to Write a Strong Leadp. 60
How to Structure a News Storyp. 65
How to Conduct an Interviewp. 71
Covering Beats
How to Cover Meetings and Speechesp. 78
How to Cover Police and Courtsp. 84
How to Cover Disasters and Tragediesp. 89
How to Write Obituariesp. 94
Specialized Writing
How to Write Reviews and Criticismp. 97
How to Write Editorials and Columnsp. 102
How to Write Profilesp. 106
How to Write Feature Storiesp. 109
How to Market Feature Storiesp. 113
Editing Newspapers
How Newspapers Are Organizedp. 118
How to Plan a Newspaperp. 123
How to Lay Out Pagesp. 129
How to Write Headlinesp. 133
How to Write Cutlinesp. 136
How to Use Photos and Graphicsp. 139
How to Edit Storiesp. 142
Advanced Topics
Legal Considerations in Journalismp. 145
Ethical Considerations in Journalismp. 149
The Future of the Mass Mediap. 155
Tips from the Bestp. 160
Indexp. 163
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