News Writing

News Writing

by Anna McKane
     
 

Anna McKane's News Writing is a pioneering book dealing exclusively with the all-important craft of writing news stories. The ability to write a good news story is the starting point for all young journalists' careers.

The book deals fully with all aspects of writing news, including how to write a good intro, or first paragraph; how to order theSee more details below

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Anna McKane's News Writing is a pioneering book dealing exclusively with the all-important craft of writing news stories. The ability to write a good news story is the starting point for all young journalists' careers.

The book deals fully with all aspects of writing news, including how to write a good intro, or first paragraph; how to order the information and assemble a winning story; and what language to use. It provides a step-by-step guide to constructing a story, with good and bad examples, and a detailed analysis of style, language, and grammar. There are checklists to help inexperienced writers to measure their work.

The book is written in a clear and practical way and provides guidance for students and trainee journalists to enable them to write everything from a snappy short agency-style news story to a more reflective piece appropriate for a quirky news item. It will be invaluable for trainee and student journalists at every level from first year undergraduate to graduate courses. It is also likely to be of benefit to the many amateur journalists writing local or society newsletters.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412919159
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
12/18/2006
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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Undergraduate studies programme director, BA Journalism and Contemporary History, City University

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Table of Contents


Foreword     vii
Preface     ix
Acknowledgements     xi
What Makes News?     1
Gathering the News     16
The Intro     27
Structure Part 1: The Inverted Pyramid     46
Structure Part 2: The News Story as Answers     57
Structure Part 3: Avoiding Narrative     68
Other News Writing Models for Intros     77
Accuracy     85
The Language of News 1: Choosing the Right Words     94
The Language of News 2: Sentence Structure, Brevity and Clarity     105
The Language of News 3: Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation     113
Subbing and Presentation: The View from the Bridge   Christopher McKane     141
Other Models Used on News Pages     148
Epilogue     162
Further Reading     163
Glossary     165
News Stories in the National Press July 18/19 2005     171
Index     195

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