Universal Journalist - Second Edition / Edition 2

Universal Journalist - Second Edition / Edition 2

by David Randall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745316417

ISBN-13: 9780745316413

Pub. Date: 05/20/2000

Publisher: Pluto Press


The world's bestselling textbook on journalism, written by the Assistant Editor of the Independent on Sunday.

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The world's bestselling textbook on journalism, written by the Assistant Editor of the Independent on Sunday.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745316413
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
05/20/2000
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.27(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vii
Preface     viii
What Makes A Good Reporter?     1
Attitudes
Character
A great reporter
The Limitations of Journalism     16
Owners' priorities
The journalistic culture
Readers' values
What Is News?     25
What is news?
News values
News value factors
A sliding scale for stories
Where Do Good Stories Come From?     35
The habits of successful reporters
Non-obvious sources
News editors
Stories that good reporters avoid
Research     49
What you should be looking for
Where to get it
Researching online
Printed sources
Research as a foreign correspondent
Handling Sources, Not Them Handling You     62
Guidelines for dealing with any source
Official sources
Handling unauthorised sources
Unattributable sources 'off the record'
Getting too close to sources
Questioning     72
How to approach people
The most useful questions in journalism
Questioning uneasy sources
Questioning elusive, evasive and hostile sources
Questioning by email
Press conferences
Celebrity interviews
Reporting Numbers and Statistics     90
Questioning data
Averages
Distribution
Percentages
Per head
Surveys
Opinion polls
Correlation
Projections
Real versus apparent rise
Investigative Reporting     106
What is investigative reporting?
Productive areas toinvestigate
Investigative reporting skills
How to run investigative operations
How To Cover Major Incidents     119
How to make sure your coverage of a disaster doesn't turn into one
Death tolls
The death call
All reporters are tough, aren't they?
Mistakes, Corrections and Hoaxes     131
Mistakes
How should you respond to mistakes?
Great newspaper hoaxes
Ethics     142
General guidelines
Grey areas
Writing for Newspapers     153
Planning
Clarity
Fresh language
Honesty
Precision
Suitability
Efficiency
Revision
The joys of writing
Intros     175
How to write sharp intros
Hard news approach
Other approaches
A word about feature intros
Construction and Description     189
Construction guidelines
Analysing story structures
Payoffs
Attribution
Description
Handling Quotes     203
When do you use quotes?
Accuracy
Efficiency
Attributing quotes
Inventing quotes
Different Ways To Tell A Story     212
Different approaches
How to write everything from a fly-on-the-wall piece to a backgrounder
Comment, Intentional and Otherwise     218
Comment in news stories
The big I
Political correctness
Analysis
Leaders or editorial opinion pieces
Columnists
Obituaries
Reviews
How To Be A Great Reporter     231
Hard work
The application of intelligence
Intellectual courage
Meticulousness
Consuming appetite for books
A good knowledge of journalism's past
Obsessive nature
Reading for Journalists     237
Index     240

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