Essential Public Affairs for Journalists

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Essential Public Affairs for Journalists is an invaluable guide for journalism students and those already in the industry. Offering comprehensive coverage of the workings of both central and local government, it provides all the information students and professionalism will need to cover public affairs with confidence.

Beginning by outlining the constitutional framework and the governing institutions of the UK, the book then moves on to explore Britain's role in the EU and the ...

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Overview


Essential Public Affairs for Journalists is an invaluable guide for journalism students and those already in the industry. Offering comprehensive coverage of the workings of both central and local government, it provides all the information students and professionalism will need to cover public affairs with confidence.

Beginning by outlining the constitutional framework and the governing institutions of the UK, the book then moves on to explore Britain's role in the EU and the wider world of international relations. In the second half of the text, the focus shifts to local government, where such headline-grabbing subjects as school catchment areas, council tax and public transport, are reviewed and explained. The second edition is fully up-to-date with the 2010 general election, and includes the latest details of the coalition government's policy agenda.

Essential Public Affairs for Journalists is also supported by an Online Resource Centre with the following features:

· Regular Updates: New developments in central and local government are succinctly summarized so that the book is always up-to-date

· News Feeds: Real life articles from different news sites are linked to via RSS

· Audio podcasts on reporting public affairs in practice

· Tables

· Web links

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a wonderfully thorough, clear and up-to-date guide to the political mechanics of the country. James Morrison takes readers by the hand and leads them expertly through the twisty byways of British public life and its multifarious institutions."--Roger Alton, former editor, The Independent

"This book is an invaluable text for both journalism students and industry practitioners. Morrison not only explains how the political system works, he explains why it matters to both training and working reporters and the relevance of political stories to the daily lives of readers, viewers and listeners."--Amanda Ball, NCTJ Chief Examiner in Public Affairs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199663859
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/6/2013
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 1,350,310
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

James Morrison is Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Kingston University, a freelance journalist and writer, and a senior examiner in public affairs for the National Coiuncil for the Training of Journalists and a member of its Public Affairs board. Previously, he was course leader of the NCTJ-accredited newspaper and magazine journalism programs at City College Brighton and Hove in the UK.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The British Constitution and Monarchy
2. Parliamentary Democracy in the UK
3. Prime Minister, Cabinet, and the Government
4. The Electoral System
5. Political Parties, Party Funding, and Lobbying
6. The National Health Service (NHS)
7. The Treasury, Industry and the Utilities
8. Social Welfare and Home Affairs
9. The European Union (EU)
10. International Relations
11. Origins and Structure of Local Government
12. Financing Local Government
13. Local Government Decision-Making
14. Local Government Accountability and Elections
15. Local Authorities and Education
16. Planning Policy and Environmental Protection
17. Local Authorities and Housing Policy
18. Children's Services and Adult Social Care
19. Transport, Environment, and 'Quality of Life' Issues
20. Freedom of Information
Glossary

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