Writing and Reporting the News

Paperback | June 6, 2007

byJerry Lanson, Mitchell Stephens

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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.

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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. ...

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 Departmen...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 8.31 × 10.79 × 1.1 inPublished:June 6, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019530666X

ISBN - 13:9780195306668

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Most chapters conclude with a Summary, Additional Reading and Exercises.List of ExercisesPrefaceList of Newspapers and Wire ServicesIntroductionWRITINGPart I: The News1. News JudgmentImpactWeightControversyEmotionThe UnusualProminenceProximityTimelinessCurrencyUsefulnessEducational Value2. FairnessRootingIgnoringAgreeingConcludingStereotypingExcluding3. The Language of NewsPrecisionClarityConcisenessDirectnessPart II: Leads4. Traditional LeadsLengthChoosing the LeadThe Five WsDetailsContextThe Lead's LeadPointsLabel LeadsThe Angle5. Other LeadsZingersAnecdotesScene SettersQuotationsThe AngleAppropriatenessDilly-DallyingControlPart III: Stories6. AttributionWhen to AttributeGuidelines7. QuotationsDirect QuotesPartial QuotesParaphrasingFormLengthChorusesDishonest QuotesEditing QuotesResponsibility for Quotes8. Information SelectionSelectivityThoroughness9. OrganizationParagraphsThe Inverted PyramidSupporting the LeadElaboratingSecondary ThemesLike Ideas TogetherTwo or More Primary ThemesChronologyTransitionsBulletsAfter Soft Leads10. Background and ContextThe PastComparisonPatternsThe Future11. Reporting in a Multimedia AgeWriting for the InternetUsing Graphics to Tell the StoryHighlight BoxesCharts and InfographicsMapsREPORTINGPart IV: Techniques12. FactsCheckingProofInterpretation13. Story OriginationPress ReleasesTipsRecordsLocalizingRegionalizingFollow-UpUnannounced Stories14. ResearchFigure Out a Search StrategyFind the Best ToolsComputer-Assisted ReportingRecordsReporters' Files15. SourcesWhoCultivatingAvoiding Being CultivatedGround Rules16. InterviewingThe PreinterviewInterview StrategiesQuestionsNote TakingStaying in ControlListeningThe EndThe PostinterviewPart V: Coverage17. ObituariesFormGetting the InformationEnterprise18. Meetings, Speeches and Press ConferencesMeetingsSpeeches and Press Conferences19. Government and PoliticsSourcesRecords and DocumentsBudgetsBidsCampaignsPolls20. PoliceBeat ChecksSourcesCrimeFires, Accidents and DisastersEnterprise21. CourtsRecordsSourcesCriminal CourtCivil CourtEnterprise22. FeaturesPreparationObservationBuilding the StoryToneTypesPart VI: Specialized Coverage23. Municipal ServicesSourcesRecordsBasic StoriesEnterpriseStory Approaches24. EducationSourcesDocumentsBasic StoriesEnterprise25. Business and LaborBusiness SourcesLabor SourcesDocumentsBasic StoriesEnterprise26. Science, Medicine and the EnvironmentPreparationComplexity and UncertaintyWhom Do You Trust?SourcesJournalsReferencesBasic StoriesEnterprise27. Broadcast JournalismBroadcast WritingRadio ReportingTelevision ReportingTHE BASICSAppendix A: FormatFundamentalsEditing the Old-Fashioned WayExercisesAppendix B: StyleAbbreviationsCapitalizationNames and Courtesy TitlesNumbersPunctuationSpellingSexismAppendix C: Spelling and GrammarWho, Which and ThatVerb TenseAgreementMisplaced ModifiersParallel ConstructionAppendix D: Analogies, Metaphors and ClichesAnalogiesMixed MetaphorsClichesAppendix E: EthicsFreebiesCheckbook JournalismConflict of InterestMisrepresentationPrivate LivesAppendix F: LawLibelPrivacyProtecting SourcesAccess