The Associated Press Guide to Newswriting: The Resource for Professional Journalists / Edition 3

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Created by a distinguished Associated Press editor and used in AP bureaus nationwide, this practical handbook is the ideal guide to writing style for all reporters, feature writers, editors, and journalism students. AP General News Editor Rene J. Cappon explains the essentials of top-quality news writing, with examples drawn straight from today's newspapers, and demonstrates sound professional techniques you can use to give your stories clarity, precision, and polish. Featured topics include:
  • What makes a good news story
  • How to construct a good lead
  • How to make effective word choices
  • How to use quotes and cite sources
  • How to write a good feature story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028637556
  • Publisher: Peterson's
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Author
Author's Note

  1     LANGUAGE: Pompous, Pedantic and Plain
  2     NEWS WRITING: Information Is Not Enough
  3     LEADS: The Agony of Square One
  6     TONE: The Inner Music of Words
  7     PITFALLS: Attributive Verbs and Loaded Words
  8     QUOTES: Your Words or Mine?
  9     COLOR: Dip Your Brush in Small Details
10     PSEUDO-COLOR: Cliches and Other Trespasses
11     FEATURES: A View from the Poets' Corner
12     USAGE: Handling Those Hectoring Hangups
13     BESTIARY: A Compendium for the Careful and the Crotchety

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    Guide to News Writing 3rd Edition; The Associated Press: The Resource for Professional Journalist

    The author, Rene (Jack) Cappon was born in Vienna in 1924. He speaks German and Hungarian (which he has forgotten the latter). He was AP News features editor from 1958 to 1962 and then later become AP Managing Editor. As General News Editor he took over stewardship of Poet¿s Corner in 1977. This handbook is used in AP bureaus nationwide and I personally found it enlightening. I had always felt that my writing might be `long winded¿ and full of unnecessary descriptive words. He brings this all to light. I initially picked up this handbook because I have had a long dream to someday make my debut as a journalist and thought this might be a place to start. I find now that after having read this handbook I do not look at the newspaper in the same way. I find myself critiquing the journalist and rewriting local breaking news for writing exercises. I promise you that you will never look at your writing the same way. He shows you how to identify the `journalese¿ in your work. He encourages you to write `visually¿ and shows you the proper way and when you should quote. He touches on examples of when wordiness is way too much and how to simplify without losing information &/or impact of your writing. He points out that qualifiers are inevitable in journalism, but he warns to be careful not to get carried away with them. I love the way that he takes real life news and rewrites it showing how to cut down on wasted words, wasted space. I not only recommend this book to individuals that want to break into journalism, but I recommend this book to any writer of any genre. This book has made it to my reference stack on my writing desk. It is 136 pages of pure gold for the writer in everyone.

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