Writing and Reporting News: A Coaching Method / Edition 6

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This practical text introduces students to the basic skills required of a news reporter (conceiving, researching, organizing and writing the news story), emphasizing the fundamentals as well as emerging issues, such as technology and ethics, in journalistic writing.

Writing And Reporting News prepares students for the changing world of journalism by emphasizing traditional basic skills while also stressing new trends in the convergence of print, broadcast and online media. With new information about blogs, multimedia writing, and other skills students will need for careers in the media, the Fifth Edition retains its emphasis on writing fundamentals and ethics in journalism, as well as the coaching method, which features tips and techniques from writing coaches and award-winning journalists. The text's strong "storytelling" approach with stories about journalists and its built-in instructional material make it accessible and easy for students to learn effective writing and reporting techniques for every news medium.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I think that this text offers a very realistic and comprehensive overview of the fundamentals for future communicators."

"I usually get really great feedback from students on the textbook - as they seem to find it easy to follow and very helpful. One student, in fact, was so excited about the textbook that she asked to make an announcement in class about its ability to help her better understand the various story structures."

"It covers the range of media writing that the course is intended to cover, but it also breaks down content into specific story types (example: disaster stories), which many media writing books don't do."

"Carole Rich's Writing and Reporting News presents a clear and current overview of journalism and communication. The text provides students who have little or no experience in the field with a comprehensive introduction, while raising some of the leading issues in the field."

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"[WRITING AND REPORTING NEWS is] A really good text for beginning journalism students with enough there for those who want to advance further than the basics. It's particularly helpful at universities, such as mine, that do not have journalism schools and where journalism is one part of a larger communication program."

"[WRITING AND REPORTING NEWS is] a book rich with theory and real working examples. The examples are strong, useful and relevant to teaching."

"[WRITING AND REPORTING NEWS is] a good text that stays current with the journalism field. The updates every couple of years reflect ongoing industry trends."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495569879
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/8/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 531
  • Sales rank: 755,398
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Carole Rich is a retired journalism professor, formerly at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she was the Atwood professor before accepting a full-time position. She also served as chair of the journalism department at Hofstra University in New York for two years, taught journalism at the University of Kansas for 11 years, and worked for 16 years in the newspaper industry. She was a reporter for the former PHILADELPHIA EVENING BULLETIN, city editor of the SUN-SENTINEL in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and deputy metropolitan editor of the HARTFORD COURANT in Connecticut. In addition to serving as a visiting writing coach at newspapers throughout the United States, Professor Rich has conducted many writing seminars for journalism organizations, including a group of professional journalists in Spain. She is the author of multiple highly regarded media and reporting textbooks.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: UNDERSTANDING NEWS. 1. Write from the Start: A Coaching Method. 2. Changing Concepts of News. 3. The Basic News Story. 4. Grammar and Usage. 5. Story Ideas. PART TWO: COLLECTING INFORMATION. 6. Curiosity and Observation. 7. Sources of Information. 8. Listening and Note-Taking Skills. 9. Interviewing Techniques. PART THREE: CONSTRUCTING STORIES. 10. The Writing Process. 11. Leads and Nut Graphs. 12. Body Building. 13. Story Structures. 14. Storytelling and Feature Techniques. 15. Public Relations Writing. 16. Broadcast Writing. PART FOUR: UNDERSTANDING MEDIA ISSUES. 17. Accuracy and Libel. 18. Media Ethics. 19. Multicultural Sensitivity. PART FIVE: APPLYING THE TECHNIQUES. 20. Beat Reporting. 21. Obituaries. 22. Speeches, Press Conferences and Meetings. 23. Government and Statistical Stories. 24. Crime and Punishment. 25. Disasters and Tragedy. 26. Profiles. 27. Computer-assisted Journalism. 28. Media Jobs and Internships. APPENDICES: Style Guide. Online Resources for Journalists. CREDITS. INDEX.
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