The Word Weavers: Newshounds and Wordsmiths

The Word Weavers: Newshounds and Wordsmiths

by Jean Aitchison
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521832454

ISBN-13: 9780521832458

Pub. Date: 06/11/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Modern journalism is often the subject of criticism and opposition. Written by one of the foremost authorities on language and the media writing today, this engaging book suggests that view is unfair, and that journalists are in fact skilled 'word weavers' whose output is cleverly worked into planned patterns. Drawing on a range of authentic news articles, it traces…  See more details below

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Modern journalism is often the subject of criticism and opposition. Written by one of the foremost authorities on language and the media writing today, this engaging book suggests that view is unfair, and that journalists are in fact skilled 'word weavers' whose output is cleverly worked into planned patterns. Drawing on a range of authentic news articles, it traces the development of journalism from its origins to the present day. Aitchison shows how contemporary news writers have inherited an age-old oral tradition, which over the centuries was incorporated into public notices, ballads and storybooks - eventually providing the basis of the journalism we see today. She argues that, while journalists have very different aims to literary writers, their work can in no way be regarded as inferior. Entertainingly written, The World Weavers provides a fascinating insight into journalistic writing, and will be enjoyed by anybody wanting to know more about media language.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521832458
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/11/2007
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

1. Weaving and worrying: journalism versus literature; 2. Singers of tales: oral narrative; 3. The tongue of the hand: speech and writing; 4. Hanging, histories, marvels, mysteries: the birth of journalism; 5. Calendars of roguery and woe: daily newspapers; 6. Story telling: narrating and the news; 7. Glimmering words: boiling down and polishing; 8. Painting with words: imaginative creativity; 9. Two ideas for one: exploring metaphor; 10. The role of journalism: evaluating the views; epilogue; notes; references.

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