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Posted May 5, 2001
Ferguson's Journalism Today is the only high-school journalism text I have found that keeps current with both the burgeoning technology and examples of the discipline. A sixth edition was just released in January. I teach an online, video-conferencing journalism class for students from Alaska to Slovakia, and it has translated well to every locale. It is well laid out, with interesting, relevant examples of students' work to illustrate points. The career profiles at the end of each chapter enable the students to understand the different roads to and venues in journalism. The only suggestions I would make to improve the text are: 1. Place the ethics chapter later in the book or use small vignettes throughout (students need experience before comprehending the possible problems); 2. Expand the sports-writing chapter (many high-school newspapers and e-zines are weeklies, even monthlies, and alternatives to game stories need to be more deeply examined); and 3. Develop an interactive CD to complement the text (especially to address e-zine design and production). Other than that, there isn't a finer text on the subject on the market; it helped me develop a strong curriculum.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.