Confessions of a Community Journalist: How to Juggle Reporting, Photography and Design and Still Compete with Daily Newspapers and TV

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If you work for a community newspaper and are having difficulty handling the multitasking that comes with community journalism, then this book is for you. In "Confessions of a Community Journalist," you'll learn how to juggle reporting, photography and design. You'll figure out how to plan a story board, develop a dummy and execute sharp pages on deadline. This book will help the community journalist compete with the mega-dailies in ways your newspaper never thought possible. Michael Shawn Smith, a community ...
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Overview

If you work for a community newspaper and are having difficulty handling the multitasking that comes with community journalism, then this book is for you. In "Confessions of a Community Journalist," you'll learn how to juggle reporting, photography and design. You'll figure out how to plan a story board, develop a dummy and execute sharp pages on deadline. This book will help the community journalist compete with the mega-dailies in ways your newspaper never thought possible. Michael Shawn Smith, a community journalist with 11 years of experience and who's won numerous state and national press awards, will show you how one person can accomplish what it takes three people to do at the major dailies. He'll also show you how community journalists can use social media and websites to compete with the dailies and TV people. An homage to community journalists everywhere, "Confessions of a Community Journalist" is a must read for any journalist whose focus or interest is in hyperlocal news coverage.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781475187137
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 6/4/2012
  • Pages: 234
  • Sales rank: 1,235,883
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    If Michael has anything to "confess" in this book, it'

    If Michael has anything to "confess" in this book, it's that
    he's been hiding his light under a basket for far too long. I've know
    Michael—and followed his work—for more than a few years now and I'm
    happy to see he is taking the bold step of sharing his first-hand
    knowledge with other community journalists. Michael is passionate about
    his craft and has done the hard work needed to become a community
    journalist, in the best sense of the phrase. His book is well
    organized, crafted and brightly written. It is informed by learning and
    guided by experience. I'm happy to recommend it to others. Ed
    Henninger Director Henninger Consulting

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

    Most of us have heard the phrase “Never judge a book by it

    Most of us have heard the phrase “Never judge a book by its cover.” But I do. I also judge by the book title and genre. I have never been one to read non-fiction books. The remind me of school, and I don’t want to be reminded of school when I am out for the summer. So, when Michael contacted me requesting a review for his book, I agreed but was also thinking, “What did I just get myself into?” I thought I was going to be bored, and it would take me forever to get through, but I was hoping he would prove me wrong.

    When I opened the file on my Nook and began reading, my reaction was – WOW. I was completely hooked. From the very first page. It took me a little less than two days to complete.

    Michael writes to inform. He infuses his personal experience from over a decade in the journalism business, and also uses examples from others as well. He doesn’t claim to know everything about the profession, and includes the fact that he is still learning himself, because things change every day. His aim with this book wasn't to give an all-inclusive guide to the art of community journalism, but rather (as it seemed to me) his purpose was to create a handbook that was short and sweet. He doesn’t drag on about a subject until it runs dry, leaving the reader begging for the section to be over. He includes a very organized mix of information and examples to help the reader understand what he is trying to say.

    The sections are not very long, which make them easy to reference from day to day, and there is also a very useful table of contents at the beginning. You will be able to find what you are looking for without hassle.
    Michael’s writing style in this book seemed informal, which is what this type of book needs. Having too formal of a tone will turn readers away right from the beginning. Instead, he takes a more laid-back approach and doesn’t make his opinions appear as facts. He states that some writers, photographers, designers, etc. have different styles than he does, and he doesn’t put down their techniques.

    This book is very informative and encompasses a large range of different things a community writer will have to go through. He doesn’t go into long, hard to read details as I mentioned before. So, I believe this is a must-read for anyone going into the journalism field, or even that is already in the journalism field. It is always nice to have a reference book, and since this book isn’t very long, I would suggest just keeping it in a desk drawer and note the pages that you use often.

    I give this book a 5/5 and I hope to see it used in Journalism classes in the future.

    Personal note: I prefer the use of the pen tool rather than the lasso to cut out images, but what works for one designer doesn’t always work for another!

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