Reporting for the Media / Edition 7

Reporting for the Media / Edition 7

by Fred Fedler, John R. Bender, Lucinda Davenport, Michael Drager
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0155073184

ISBN-13: 9780155073180

Pub. Date: 07/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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ISBN-13:
9780155073180
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Edition description:
7TH
Pages:
628

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Table of Contents

Preface v
Note of Thanks x
The Authors xi
The Basics: Format and AP Style
1(21)
News Story Format
1(2)
Copy-editing Symbols
3(4)
The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual
7(1)
Accuracy of Names and Facts
8(1)
Checklist for Copy Preparation
8(2)
The Writing Coach-The Lucky 13 Ways to Become a Good Writer
10(1)
Suggested Readings
10(1)
Exercises
11(11)
Grammar and Spelling
22(17)
Basic Sentence Structure
22(1)
Active and Passive Voice
23(1)
Agreement
24(1)
Ambiguous Pronouns
25(1)
Plurals and Possessives
25(1)
"That" and "Which"
26(1)
"Who" and "Whom"
27(1)
Misplaced Modifiers
27(1)
Dangling Modifiers
28(1)
Personification
28(1)
Parallel Form
29(1)
Articles
29(1)
Spelling
30(1)
Grammar Checklist
30(1)
Suggested Readings
30(2)
Exercises
32(7)
Newswriting Style
39(31)
Prewriting
39(2)
Simplify Words, Sentences and Paragraphs
41(5)
Remain Objective
46(4)
The Writing Coach-Find the Clear Path to Writing Glory
50(4)
Checklist for Newswriting Style
54(1)
Suggested Readings
54(2)
Exercises
56(14)
The Language of News
70(37)
The Effectiveness of Words
70(1)
Be Precise
71(2)
Use Strong Verbs
73(1)
Avoiding Problems in Your Writing
74(2)
Words to Avoid
76(5)
Other Problems to Avoid
81(4)
Keep Related Words Together
85(1)
Checklist for the Language of News
86(1)
The Writing Coach-Become a Power Lifter When Picking Verbs
87(1)
Suggested Readings
88(1)
Exercises
89(18)
Selecting and Reporting the News
107(24)
The Characteristics of News
107(5)
Types of News
112(2)
Public/Civic Journalism
114(2)
Applying the Principles of News Selection
116(1)
The Concept of Objectivity
116(1)
Details Newspapers Are Reluctant to Publish
117(3)
The Importance of Accuracy
120(3)
Suggested Readings
123(1)
The Writing Coach-Acronyms Lift Your Writing
124(3)
Exercises
127(4)
Basic News Leads
131(30)
The Summary News Lead
131(2)
Sentence Structure in Leads
133(1)
Guidelines for Writing Effective Leads
134(5)
Avoiding Some Common Errors
139(4)
Apply the Guidelines to Other Kinds of Leads
143(1)
Checklist for Writing Leads
143(1)
The Writing Coach-Oh Where, Oh Where Does the Time Element Go?
144(1)
Suggested Readings
145(1)
Exercises
146(15)
Alternative Leads
161(17)
Criticisms
162(1)
"Buried" or "Delayed" Leads
162(1)
Multiparagraph Leads
163(1)
Using Quotations
164(1)
Using Questions
164(1)
Suspenseful Leads
165(1)
Descriptive Leads
166(1)
Shocking Leads-With a Twist
166(1)
Ironic Leads
167(1)
Direct-Address Leads
167(1)
Unusual Words Used in Unusal Ways
168(1)
Other Unusual Leads
168(1)
The Writing Coach-Too Many Words Can Muddle Writing
169(2)
Exercises
171(7)
The Body of a News Story
178(39)
The Inverted Pyramid Style
178(6)
The Hourglass Style
184(2)
The Focus Style
186(3)
The Narrative Style
189(3)
Using Transitions
192(5)
Explain the Unfamiliar
197(1)
The Importance of Examples
198(1)
The Use of Description
199(1)
The Use of Humor
200(1)
The Writing Coach-How to Find the Endings to Stories
201(1)
The Need to Be Fair
202(1)
The Final Step: Edit Your Story
202(1)
Checklist for Writing News Stories
203(1)
Suggested Readings
203(1)
Exercises
204(13)
Quotations and Attribution
217(28)
Quotations
217(4)
Blending Quotations and Narrative
221(3)
Attribution
224(8)
Guidelines for Capitalizing and Punctuating Quotations
232(2)
Checklists for Quotations and Attribution
234(2)
Exercises
236(9)
Interviews
245(22)
Why Am I Interviewing?
245(1)
Whom Should I Interview?
246(1)
When Should I Conduct My Interviews?
247(1)
Where Should I Conduct the Interview?
248(1)
What Questions Should I Ask?
249(1)
How Should I Conduct Interviews?
250(2)
Writing the Interview Story
252(1)
The Writing Coach-Figure It: Poetry Can Be in Newspaper Stories
253(1)
Suggested Readings
254(1)
Exercises
255(12)
Writing Obituaries
267(20)
Obituaries Are Not News Stories
268(1)
Obituaries Are Not Funeral Notices
268(1)
Sources of Information for Obituaries
268(1)
The Content of an Obituary
269(3)
Additional Guidelines for Writing Obituaries
272(1)
Obituaries for Celebrities
273(1)
Reporting the Good-And the Bad
274(1)
Some Final Suggestions
275(1)
Checklists for Writing Obituaries
276(1)
Suggested Readings
277(1)
Exercises
278(9)
Speeches and Meetings
287(26)
Advance Stories
287(1)
Covering the Speech or Meeting
288(1)
Follow Stories
289(4)
Remember Your Readers
293(1)
Adding Color
294(1)
Checklists for Reporting Speeches and Meetings
295(1)
The Writing Coach-Go Beyond the Stick
296(1)
Exercises
297(16)
Specialized Types of Stories
313(22)
Brights
313(2)
Follow-ups
315(1)
Roundups
316(1)
Sidebars
317(1)
Checklists for Writing Specialized Stories
317(2)
Exercises
319(16)
Feature Stories
335(23)
Selecting a Topic
335(1)
Types of Feature Stories
336(7)
Types of Feature Leads
343(1)
The Body of a Feature Story
344(2)
The Ending of a Feature Story
346(1)
Suggested Readings
347(1)
The Writing Coach-Reports, Stories Vital to Newspapers
348(2)
Exercises
350(8)
Public Affairs Reporting
358(49)
Crime and Accidents
359(5)
Local Government
364(7)
Courts
371(5)
A Note About This Chapter's Exercises
376(1)
Checklists for Public Affairs Reporting
377(1)
Suggested Readings
377(1)
The Writing Coach-The "Knows" Have It for Police and Court Reporters
378(2)
Exercises
380(27)
Understanding and Using the Internet
407(12)
A Brief History
407(1)
Journalists and the Internet
407(1)
E-Mail
408(1)
Internet Addresses or URLs (Universal Resource Locators)
409(2)
Search Engines and Subject Directories
411(3)
Mailing Lists and Newsgroups
414(2)
Ethical Considerations
416(1)
Suggested Readings
416(1)
Exercises
417(2)
Advanced Reporting
419(28)
Using Statistics
419(1)
Conducting Informal Polls
420(3)
Using Computers to Get Answers
423(1)
Checklist for Using Statistics
424(1)
Checklist for Conducting Informal Polls
424(1)
Suggested Readings
424(2)
Exercises
426(21)
Writing for Broadcast
447(24)
Writing for Your Listener
447(2)
Writing for Your Announcer
449(1)
Types of Leads for Broadcast Stories
450(3)
The Body of a Broadcast News Story
453(1)
Updating Broadcast News Stories
453(1)
Guidelines for Copy Preparation
454(2)
Editing Copy
456(1)
Putting Together a Newscast
456(1)
Sources for Broadcast News
457(2)
The Newsroom Environment
459(1)
Checklists for Broadcast Writing
459(1)
Suggested Readings
460(1)
Exercises
461(10)
The News Media and PR Practitioners
471(34)
What Is Public Relations?
471(1)
Public Relations Agencies
471(1)
Corporate and Nonprofit Public Relations
472(1)
Becoming a Public Relations Practitioner
473(1)
Working with News Media
473(1)
Elements of a News Release
474(3)
Types of News Releases
477(3)
The Journalist's Perspective: Working with Press Releases
480(1)
The No.1 Problem: Lack of Newsworthiness
481(2)
The No.2 Problem: Lack of Objectivity
483(2)
Other Problems with News Releases
485(2)
Some Final Guidelines
487(1)
Checklist for PR Practitioners
487(1)
Checklist for Handling News Releases
488(1)
Suggested Readings
488(3)
Exercises
491(14)
Communications Law
505(32)
Libel
505(10)
Privacy
515(5)
Newsgathering
520(5)
Checklists
525(2)
Suggested Readings
527(3)
Exercises
530(7)
Ethics
537(34)
Media Credibility
537(1)
Ethical Decision Making
538(2)
Ethics Issues
540(22)
Checklist for Improving Media Credibility
562(1)
Suggested Readings
563(1)
Exercises
564(7)
Careers
571(9)
A Journalist's Attributes
571(1)
Be the Applicant Who Gets Hired
572(3)
Job Satisfaction
575(3)
The Industry Needs More Women and Minorities
578(1)
Free-lance Writing
578(1)
Checklist for Finding the Right Journalism Job
578(1)
Suggested Readings
579(1)
Appendix A City Directory 580(15)
Appendix B The Associated Press Stylebook 595(9)
Appendix C Rules for Forming Possessives 604(2)
Appendix D Answer Keys 606(8)
Appendix E Common Writing Errors 614(3)
Credits 617(2)
Index 619

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