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Overview

Anna Mc Kane's News Writing is a pioneering book dealing exclusively with the all-important craft of writing news stories. 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.

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Kate Jenner
The author has done a great job in updating and revising her useful book. It deserves to be on every journalism student’s reading list and every tutor’s book shelf. It is clear, straightforward and scholarly in a very accessible way. It is bursting with good advice and insight which should benefit all who all read it.
Kate Shanahan
Anna Mc Kane has written a first-class no-nonsense guide to news writing which is suitable for both journalism students and freelance journalists. Her wealth of experience both as a journalist and a lecturer in journalism gives News Writing the edge over similar tomes. It covers all the tenets of good news reporting for both print and online in a way that is clear, informative, and entertaining.
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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)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

What Makes News
Gathering the News
The Intro
Structure Part 1
The inverted pyramid
Structure Part 2
The news story as answers
Structure Part 3
Avoiding narrative
Other new writing models or intros
Accuracy
The Language of News 1
Choosing the right words
The Language of News 2
Sentence structure, brevity and clarity
The Language of News 3
Grammar and punctuation
Subbing and presentation: The view from the bridge
Christopher Mc Kane, executive editor at The Times
Other models used on news pages

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