Reporting for the Media

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-03-24
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Now in its ninth edition, Reporting for the Media continues to be anessential resource for journalism students and instructors. A comprehensiveintroduction to newswriting and reporting, this classic text offers astraightforward guide to crafting effective journalism. Moreover, it groundsstudents firmly in the basics of reporting--how to become more curious about theworld, generate provocative ideas, gather vital information and write incisivestories. The authors provide students with the skills they need to produce engagingjournalism by focusing on such central topics as grammar basics, newswritingstyle, traditional story structures and styles, interviewing techniques,reporting on speeches and meetings and common ethical dilemmas. The text alsoexplores a variety of advanced topics including broadcast writing, law, ethicsand public relations. In every chapter, students encounter vital tools for thecreation of versatile journalism; these tools enable them to apply theirknowledge to any type of journalism in any medium. The ninth edition features a new introductory chapter, "Journalism Today,"which discusses recent developments in the field, from technology and newsroomconvergence to the proliferation of blogs. In addition, all chapters andexamples have been updated throughout. The text's lively end-of-chapterexercises have also been updated and continue to encourage students to "learn bydoing" through the practical application of skills. An updated list of CommonWriting Errors is now featured on the inside back cover; along with a condensedversion of the AP stylebook, this resource offers helpful grammar and styleassistance to students as they interact with the material. As in previouseditions, the book also integrates advice from professional journalists,discussion questions, suggested projects, four useful appendices andend-of-chapter checklists. The leading text for newswriting and reporting courses, Reporting for theMedia, Ninth Edition, offers outstanding and unparalleled training for dynamicjournalists.

Author Biography

John R. Bender is Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Lucinda D. Davenport is Professor of Journalism at Michigan State University.
Michael W. Drager is Associate Professor of Journalism at Shippensburg University.
Fred Fedler is Professor of Journalism at the University of Central Florida.

Table of Contents

Journalism Today
The Basics: Format, Copyediting and AP Style
Grammar and Spelling
Newswriting Style
Language of News
Selecting and Reporting the News
Basic News Leads
Alternative Leads
The Body of a News Story
Quotations and Attribution
Writing Obituaries
Speeches and Meetings
Specialized Types of Stories
Feature Stories
Public Affairs Reporting
Advanced Reporting
Writing for Broadcast
The News Media and PR Practitioners
Libel, Privacy and Newsgathering Issues
Becoming a Professional
City Directory
The Associated Press Stylebook
Rules for Forming Possessives
Answer Keys
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