This is a book about the art of writing for newspapers and magazine, but doesn't look at punctuation, spelling, and the stylistic conventions of ‘everyday’ journalism. Instead, Good Writing For Journalists presents extended examples of writing which are powerful, memorable, colorful, or funny. Each piece is contextualized and analyzed encouraging readers to learn from the best practitioners. This book inspires those who want to make their writing individual and memorable. Along the way the major elements of non-fiction writing are introduced, in chapters organized by genre – profile writing, reportage, news analysis, investigation, sports writing, personal and opinion columns and ‘lifestyle’ among them.
Angela Phillips runs all the print journalism programmes and the journalism MA. She launched EastLondonLines.co.uk a local, multi-media, news website that is run by Goldsmiths students and has a significant local audience. She has been a journalist for over thirty years, starting in the alternative press of the 1970s and moving on to work for national newspapers, magazines, television and radio (the BBC and independents). She trained initially as a photographer and worked for several years as a photojournalist before moving into print and online media. More recently, she has moved into the arena of journalism research, working with the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre. She is also the chair of the Ethics Committee of the Coordinating Committee for Media Reform and gave evidence to the Leveson enquiry into the press.
PART I: THINKING ABOUT WRITING
Let's Hear It for Story Tellers
PART II: EXAMPLES OF GREAT WRITING
General News Features
Profiles and Celebrity Interviews
Arts, Sports and Music
Personal and Comment Columns