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Now in its tenth edition, Reporting for the Media continues to be an essential resource for journalism instructors. A sweeping introduction to newswriting and reporting, this classic text focuses on the basics of reporting—how to become more curious about the world, generate provocative ideas, gather vital information and write incisive stories.

The authors emphasize such central topics as grammar basics, and common ethical dilemmas. In addition to its excellent pedagogy and coverage of the converged newsroom, the text also explores a variety of advanced topics including broadcast writing, law, ethics and public relations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a terrific text, one of the best in the field. It is comprehensive, reliable, and useful. The authors provide a simple, easy-to-understand narrative and an ample supply of thoughtful, relevant exercises."—Joseph Hayden, University of Memphis

"The most satisfying text I ever used in my news reporting course. I've used it for the past year and have recommended it to other instructors who were equally praiseworthy after using it. The book's strengths lie in its straightforward delivery of the basic elements of journalism and the many examples at the ends of chapters, which allow students to put into practice the teachings of the chapter."—Scott Brown, CSU Northridge

"Reporting for the Media teaches the fundamentals of journalism through excellent examples and exercises while including up-to-date information on the issues and challenges facing today's news media."—Deborah Givens, Eastern Kentucky University

"I'm especially impressed with the public affairs reporting examples, including the Dahmer 911 transcript and the statistics chapter."—Berrin Beasley, University of North Florida

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199846412
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/22/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bender: Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Davenport: Professor of Journalism, Michigan State University Drager: Assistant Professor of Journalism, Shippensburg University Fedler: Professor of Journalism, University of Central Florida

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Table of Contents


Chapter One - Journalism Today

Chapter Two - Grammar and Spelling

Chapter Three - Newswriting Style

Chapter Four - The Language of News

Chapter Five - Selecting and Reporting the News

Chapter Six - Libel, Privacy and Newsgathering Issues

Chapter Seven - Ethics

Chapter Eight - Basic News Leads

Chapter Nine - Alternative Leads

Chapter Ten - The Body of a News Story

Chapter Eleven - Quotations and Attribution

Chapter Twelve - Interviews

Chapter Thirteen - Writing for Radio and TV News

Chapter Fourteen - Writing for Digital Media

Chapter Fifteen - Speeches and Meetings

Chapter Sixteen - Brights, Follow-Ups, Roundups, Sidebars and Obituaries

Chapter Seventeen - Feature Stories

Chapter Eighteen - Public Affairs Reporting

Chapter Nineteen - Advanced Reporting

Chapter Twenty - Journalism and Public Relations

Appendix A - City Directory

Appendix B - Rules for Forming Possessives

Appendix C - Answer Keys

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