Essential Reporting: The NCTJ Guide for Trainee Journalists

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This is a book for everyone who wants to be a journalist: a practical guide to all you need to know, learn, and do to succeed as a trainee reporter in today's newsroom. Essential Reporting, written by an experienced NCTJ examiner includes:
  • What makes a good reporter
  • What is news, and how to find it
  • How newsrooms work
  • Day-to-day life as a reporter
  • Key reporting tasks
  • Covering courts and councils
  • Successful interviewing
  • Writing news stories
  • Specialist reporting
  • Handling sound, pictures and the web

It also contains a wealth of advice, tips and warnings from working journalists, a guide to NCTJ training and examinations, a glossary and a guide to further reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412947510
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/18/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

What you Need
Character, Attitude, Knowledge, Skills, Equipment
What's News?
What News Stories Have in Common - and Why Some Get Printed
Finding Out
News and Information Sources
A Day in the Life
What it's Like Being a Reporter
First Tasks
Handouts, Calls, Weddings, Anniversaries, Retirements, Deaths
Out and About
Public events, Speeches, Meetings, Press conferences, Pictures
Talking to People
Vox pops, Ring-rounds, Surveys, Interviews, Death knocks
The Unexpected
Major incidents, Weather stories, Human interest
Shaping the Story
Story length, Structure, Angles, Intros
Writing the Words
News stories, Writing for pictures, Presentation
English Matters
Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling, Style
Working Online
Reporting, Writing, Designing, Interacting
Audio and Video
Multi-media, Audio & Radio, Video & TV
Court Reporting
Courts, Inquests, Tribunals, Inquiries
Local Politics
Contacts, Councils, Town halls, Political parties, MPs, Elections
Specialist Areas
Sport, Crime, Education, Environment, Health, Industry, District reporting
News backgrounders, Entertainment features, Reviews
A guide to the NCTJ
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