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The Journalist's Craft

The Journalist's Craft

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by Dennis Jackson (Editor), Jim Naughton (Preface by), John Sweeney (Editor)

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This inspiring collection of 19 essays from veteran news writers explains how to weave storytelling skills into nonfiction narratives. Journalists of all backgrounds and levels of experience will discover dozens of exercises that have been tested successfully in newsrooms, workshops, and classrooms, and will cover everything from the fundamentals of reporting,


This inspiring collection of 19 essays from veteran news writers explains how to weave storytelling skills into nonfiction narratives. Journalists of all backgrounds and levels of experience will discover dozens of exercises that have been tested successfully in newsrooms, workshops, and classrooms, and will cover everything from the fundamentals of reporting, writing and revising to more specialized elements like creating rhythm, cadence, and voice; employing dialogue and scene-building; and such devices as foreshadowing, symbols, and metaphors. Contributors are all veteran journalists, including Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down, and several Pulitzer Prize-winners.

Editorial Reviews

Bob Baker
This book feels real. It's rooted in the messy little struggle that every reporter goes through with every story. The fact that you witness the battle through the eyes of so many experts makes you appreciate how many ways there are to solve the riddle of storytelling, and increases your resolve to do battle again and again until you get it right.
Los Angeles Times and author, Newsthinking
Geneva Overholser
The truth is, I sat down to skim this book as a blurb-writer will, words like 'rich compilation of writing advice' already forming in my head. Forget it. From Hugh Mulligan's opener on 'The Writing Life' to Dennis Jackson on cadence to Lynn Franklin on 'literary theft,' this book is full of delights. But the most remarkable is this: It will leave you itching to write.
Washington Post
Christopher Scanlan
This brilliant collection of essays is a feast of inspiration and advice offered up by Pulitzer Prize-inning journalists, successful authors and top editors, writing teachers and newsroom coaches. With lessons on nearly every page, it's a writing toolbox jammed with practical tips, invaluable insights, and exciting techniques and theories to try out on your next story. If you want to take your writing to the next level, this book belongs on your desk.
Reporting and Writing the News
William Woo
'Good writing depends on good reporting the way human life depends on oxygen,'" says Ken Fuson. So this is a book not just about writing well. It's about reporting accurately, about understanding detail, about hearing and seeing, and most of all about thinking your way through a story, from beginning to end. It's storytelling about storytelling from some masters in the business.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Melvin L. Claxton
On the surface, the task of a journalist appears simple: Tell the truth in a compelling way that will hold the interest of readers. The pursuit of this goal is an art form perfected by the writers represented in this book. From crafting moving narratives to writing powerful investigative reports, this book offers insights and techniques from some of the best in the news business.
Detroit News and 1995 Pulitzer Prizewinner for Public Service Reporting
Jackson (journalism and English, U. of Delaware) and Sweeney (Public Editor, , Wilmington, Delaware) present a collection of practitioner-penned articles on various aspects of the journalist act of "telling the story." The contributions are organized into sections on finding stories, writing nonfiction narrative, developing the craft, and working with words. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Skyhorse Publishing
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Meet the Author

Dennis Jackson has taught writing for 35 years and serves as Director of Journalism at the University of Delaware. He has edited six books on literature and writing and served as editor for three scholarly journals. He has written extensively for books, journals, newspapers, and magazines, and works as a writing coach for various media groups.

John Sweeney is the Public Editor for The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware. He is a founder and current director of the Wilmington Writers' Workshop and is a past president of the Organization of News Ombudsmen. He has served as reporter, copy editor, news editor, editorial writer, and city editor at such newspapers as Bucks County Courier Times, Florida Times Union, and The News Journal. He lives in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Chapter 1: Taken- I wake up to hear distant marching footsteps. Today's Cell Block would be emptied, its occupants taken to the Compound. My Cell Block is #24. We aren't chosen in order. That would take the fun out of things, right? I look around the empty gray room. Empty except for the teenagers, that is. Tons of us. I'm 16. 13-19 year olds are held in this Sector. The other Sector holds 5-12year olds. Below that age are the Un-Altered. They are experimented on, tested. They come out morphed, different. But they don't discover their Alterations until after they reach the Compound. So that they're safe, I was told at the child Sector. But I know better. It's so that they can't escape. We're Altered so that adults can see what may happen to genetically-morphed people. The footsteps get closer. I listen intently. The marching stops outside our Cell Block. I stiffen. It's our turn. The door that only opens on the outside slides away. Soldiers march in. They're all full-grown adults. The soldiers tie each of our hands behind our backs with a flexible metal material, like rope braided from iron. The soldiers shove us out, herding us in a big group. I look around at the gray buildings on either side of me, lined up. The sky is gray, the ground is gray. I look around to see teens peering from the 2 windows in front of each building. The soldier shoves me forward. I drop my head and shuffle on. We leave the rows of buildings, and come across a huge, dark gray building. The soldiers force us all inside. ********** We're all standing in a huge gray room with a set of massive double doors on one wall. "Line up!" Booms a soldier. We obey, lining up shoulder to shoulder. Another soldier walks up and looks on something on the underside each teen's wrist. The tatoo. All of us have one, but not all are the same. He reports to the Sergant what each tatoo means. The soldier comes to me. He gruffly grabs my tied wrists and turns them over, revealing my tatoo. A dragon with a pair of wings slightly extended. "Avian-hybrid, dragon-speaker." He growls and moves on. I blink. What does that mean? Finally, he finishes, leaving me wondering. The soldiers unbound our wrists and lead us to the doors. Two guards open the doors and step aside. The soldiers march us through, and through a huge, open electric fence. They throw us in and shut the fence. We're in a huge grassland. As soon as the gates close, we shake off our confusion and bolt into the wilderness. I wander for a while, curious about everything here. That's when I hear the scream. -Wild Fire