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.
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.
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.
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
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
Further Reading 163
News Stories in the National Press July 18/19 2005 171