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Overview

The Missouri Group’s clear and authoritative step-by-step approach comes from years in the field and in the classroom. Through extensive contemporary examples and dependable, no-frills advice, the Missouri Group teaches students the reporting and writing skills they need to become effective journalists in every medium and for every beat. The ninth edition of News Reporting and Writing addresses students’ greatest challenges by providing more writing help than ever before. It prepares students for the realities of today’s news rooms with the most contemporary coverage of new trends in journalism including convergence, citizen journalism, and researching online. A reinvigorated new text design emphasizes what’s important, increases ease of navigation, and makes salient features and examples quicker and easier to find.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312002794
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/13/1990
  • Edition description: 3rd ed
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 600

Meet the Author



BRIAN S. BROOKS is associate dean for undergraduate studies and administration at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. In addition to coauthoring News Reporting and Writing for Bedford/St. Martin’s, he is coauthor of Telling the Story, Third Edition (2007), Working with Words, Sixth Edition (2006), and The Art of Editing, Seventh Edition (2001).

GEORGE KENNEDY, professor emeritus at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, is also a coauthor of Telling the Story, Third Edition (2007) and Beyond the Inverted Pyramid (1993), as well as a former managing editor of the Columbia Missourian and a former bureau chief for the Miami Herald.

DARYL R. MOEN is professor of journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and former editor of three daily newspapers. Moen is also coauthor of Telling the Story, Third Edition (2007) and Beyond the Inverted Pyramid (1993), and author of Newspaper Layout and Design, Fourth Edition (2000).

DON RANLY is professor emeritus of journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and was formerly director of the magazine sequence at the school. He too is coauthor of Telling the Story, Third Edition (2007) and Beyond the Inverted Pyramid (1993), author of Publication Editing (1999), and editor of Principles of American Journalism (1997). He has also produced "Ranly on Writing" audiocassettes and "Ranly on Grammar" and "Refrigerator Journalism" videocassettes.
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Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors

Preface for Students

PART ONE. JOURNALISM AND JOURNALISTS

1. The Nature of News

2. Redefining News: Citizen Journalism and Convergence

PART TWO. REPORTING TOOLS

3. Interviewing

4. In Their Own Words

5. Gathering and Verifying Information

6. Reporting with Numbers

PART THREE. STORYTELLING

7. The Inverted Pyramid

8. Writing to Be Read

9. Alternatives to the Inverted Pyramid

PART FOUR. BASIC STORIES

10. Obituaries and Life Stories

11. Finding the News in News Releases

12. Speeches, News Conferences and Meetings

13. Other Types of Basic Stories

PART FIVE. BEAT REPORTING

14. Covering a Beat

15. Business and Consumer News

16. Sports

PART SIX. SPECIALIZED TECHNIQUES

17. Social Science Reporting

18. Investigative Reporting

PART SEVEN. WRITING FOR SPECIFIC MEDIA

19. Writing News for Radio and Television

20. Writing for the Web

21. Writing for Public Relations

PART EIGHT. RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

22. Media Law

23. Ethics

Appendix 1: Twenty Common Errors of Grammar and Punctuation

Appendix 2: Wire Service Style Summary

Appendix 3: Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics

Appendix 4: Crisis Coverage: An Interactive CD-ROM Journalism Simulation

Glossary

Index
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