Check it Out!: Great Reporters on What It Takes to Tell the Story

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Overview


Stories with no substance. Talking heads without a clue. Teamcoverage that still misses the big picture. Overheated hype. Cute chatter. Film at eleven. Is it any wonder more and more of us count less and less on the news?It used to be that a news story told you who, what, where, when, how, and why,Art Athens writes. Now the story might tell you who, or it might tell you when, but there's a good chance that when it's over (which won't take long), you'll be the one saying What?Here's a legendary journalist's back to the basics guide to the craft of broadcast news. Combining insights from his own award-winning career with in-depth conversations with leading newspeople, Art Athens offers a primer on the best practices in reporting, writing, and delivering the news.And he lets some of the best in the business talk frankly and passionately about what it takes to do the job right: Dan Rather, Charles Osgood, Mike Wallace, Brian Williams, Andy Rooney, Charles Kuralt, Linda Ellerbee, and Don Hewitt.What kind of skills-and spirit-does it take to be a successful, serious broadcast journalist? How are the good stories conceived and written? And in today's cynical age of news as entertainment, what should reporters and editors do to restore confidence in the media? In this funny, sharp, honest book, anyone who cares about the news will find answers on every page.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823223534
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Communications and Media Studies Series , #11
  • Edition description: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Art Athens spent 40 years as a print and broadcast journalist, including 25 years at WCBS, New York City's all-news station. The winner of Pew and Columbia/Peabody awards for excellence, he died in 2000.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 All I ever wanted to be 1
Ch. 2 "It" : what ya gotta have 18
Ch. 3 Hankering to be anchoring 29
Ch. 4 Tell me a story 34
Ch. 5 So what's news? 49
Ch. 6 Coochy, coochy, coo 71
Ch. 7 Is that fair? 78
Ch. 8 Wireitis (y-er-eye'-tis) 96
Ch. 9 To act or not to act : that is the debate 105
Ch 10 How can they ask that? 122
Ch. 11 Get your news from us 134
Ch. 12 It's the writing, stupid! 150
Ch. 13 If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out! 158
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