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Overview

Irrespective of language or culture, good journalists share a common commitment to the search for truth, often in far from ideal circumstances. With this assertion, David Randall emphasises that good journalism isn't just about universal objectives: it must also involve the acquisition of a range of skills that will empower journalists to operate in an industry where ownership, technology and information is constantly changing. This acclaimed handbook challenges old attitudes, procedures and techniques of journalism where they are seen as cynical and sloppy. This fully updated edition includes new sections on handling numbers and statistics, computer assisted reporting and writing for the Web, as well as an extensively revised chapter on what makes a good reporter, and a new section on sources. Now more than ever this handbook is an invaluable guide to the 'universals' of good journalistic practice for professional and trainee journalists worldwide.

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Editorial Reviews

Press Wise Bulletin
This is one of the best books around about plying the trade. Packed with handy hints and anecdotes.. An essential, down-to-earth guide to what the job is all about.
Val Williams
I like its common-sense practicality, its firm belief in honest reporting, and its commitment to quality... David Randall's fluent style and his superb range of examples make this book a pleasure to read. Anyone who wants to be a journalist should go through it again, and again, and again.
Booknews
A British news executive updates his 1996 guide to what makes a good reporter with a chapter on online journalism. The CiP lists the ISBN of the British hardback edition (0-7453-1642-5), but the back cover shows the correct ISBN for the paperbound US edition. Distributed by Stylus Publishing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745316413
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/2000
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Randall has worked as a journalist, reporter and editor for more than twenty years. A former home editor of the Observer, he is currently assistant editor at the Independent on Sunday.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
1 What Makes A Good Reporter? 1
2 The Limitations of Journalism 14
3 What Is News? 22
4 Where Do Good Stories Come From? 31
5 Research 42
6 Handling Sources, Not Them Handling You 49
7 Questioning 58
8 Reporting Numbers and Statistics 72
9 Online Research 86
10 Investigative Reporting 99
11 How To Cover Major Incidents 112
12 Mistakes, Corrections and Hoaxes 123
13 Ethics 132
14 Writing for Newspapers 141
15 Intros 162
16 Construction and Description 174
17 Handling Quotes 186
18 Different Ways To Tell A Story 193
19 Comment, Intentional and Otherwise 198
20 Journalism on the Net 208
Recommended Reading 218
Index 221
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