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Overview


Writing and Reporting the News, Third Edition, is a comprehensive and accessible introductory text for journalism students. Jerry Lanson and Mitchell Stephens provide thorough instruction on writing and reporting, hundreds of examples of good and bad writing and extensive opportunities to apply their advice through practical exercises. Based on the authors' careers as journalists and journalism professors--and on the experience of dozens of other first-rate reporters--this unique textbook/workbook gives students a clear, logical introduction to the craft of journalism. The book is designed to accomplish three goals:

* to teach clear, concise and accurate writing
* to teach students how to find reliable information about newsworthy events and issues and how to set this information within an understandable and meaningful context
* to explain the workings of print, online and broadcast newsrooms and how the gathering and delivery of news are changing in today's increasingly digital and cross-media age

Discussions and examples have been updated throughout for this new edition. A new section covers writing for the Internet, the authors have added boxed sections in which reporters offer tips on how to cover specific types of stories and beats, and the Instructor's Manual to accompany the book is now available on the companion website.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195306668
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/2/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 702,973
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Lanson is Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism at Emerson College and served as its first chair. A former editor at the San Jose Mercury and an experienced writing coach, he is the coauthor of News in a New Century: Reporting in an Age of Converging Media (1999).

Mitchell Stephens is Professor in the Department of Journalism at New York University. He is the author of A History of News (OUP, 2007), the rise of the image the fall of the word (OUP, 1998), and Broadcast News (2004).

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Table of Contents

Most chapters end with a Summary, Additional Reading and Exercises.
List of Exercises
Preface
List of Newspapers and Wire Services
Introduction
WRITING
Part I: The News
1. News Judgment
Impact
Weight
Controversy
Emotion
The Unusual
Prominence
Proximity
Timeliness
Currency
Usefulness
Educational Value
2. Fairness
Rooting
Ignoring
Agreeing
Concluding
Stereotyping
Excluding
3. The Language of News
Precision
Clarity
Conciseness
Directness
Part II: Leads
4. Traditional Leads
Length
Choosing the Lead
The Five Ws
Details
Context
The Lead's Lead
Points
Label Leads
The Angle
5. Other Leads
Zingers
Anecdotes
Scene Setters
Quotations
The Angle
Appropriateness
Dilly-Dallying
Control
Part III: Stories
6. Attribution
When to Attribute
Guidelines
7. Quotations
Direct Quotes
Partial Quotes
Paraphrasing
Form
Length
Choruses
Dishonest Quotes
Editing Quotes
Responsibility for Quotes
8. Information Selection
Selectivity
Thoroughness
9. Organization
Paragraphs
The Inverted Pyramid
Supporting the Lead
Elaborating
Secondary Themes
Like Ideas Together
Two or More Primary Themes
Chronology
Transitions
Bullets
After Soft Leads
10. Background and Context
The Past
Comparison
Patterns
The Future
11. Reporting in a Multimedia Age
Writing for the Internet
Using Graphics to Tell the Story
Highlight Boxes
Charts and Infographics
Maps
REPORTING
Part IV: Techniques
12. Facts
Checking
Proof
Interpretation
13. Story Origination
Press Releases
Tips
Records
Localizing
Regionalizing
Follow-Up
Unannounced Stories
14. Research
Figure Out a Search Strategy
Find the Best Tools
Computer-Assisted Reporting
Records
Reporters' Files
15. Sources
Who
Cultivating
Avoiding Being Cultivated
Ground Rules
16. Interviewing
The Preinterview
Interview Strategies
Questions
Note Taking
Staying in Control
Listening
The End
The Postinterview
Part V: Coverage
17. Obituaries
Form
Getting the Information
Enterprise
18. Meetings, Speeches and Press Conferences
Meetings
Speeches and Press Conferences
19. Government and Politics
Sources
Records and Documents
Budgets
Bids
Campaigns
Polls
20. Police
Beat Checks
Sources
Crime
Fires, Accidents and Disasters
Enterprise
21. Courts
Records
Sources
Criminal Court
Civil Court
Enterprise
22. Features
Preparation
Observation
Building the Story
Tone
Types
Part VI: Specialized Coverage
23. Municipal Services
Sources
Records
Basic Stories
Enterprise
Story Approaches
24. Education
Sources
Documents
Basic Stories
Enterprise
25. Business and Labor
Business Sources
Labor Sources
Documents
Basic Stories
Enterprise
26. Science, Medicine and the Environment
Preparation
Complexity and Uncertainty
Whom Do You Trust?
Sources
Journals
References
Basic Stories
Enterprise
27. Broadcast Journalism
Broadcast Writing
Radio Reporting
Television Reporting
THE BASICS
Appendix A: Format
Fundamentals
Editing the Old-Fashioned Way
Exercises
Appendix B: Style
Abbreviations
Capitalization
Names and Courtesy Titles
Numbers
Punctuation
Spelling
Sexism
Appendix C: Spelling and Grammar
Who, Which and That
Verb Tense
Agreement
Misplaced Modifiers
Parallel Construction
Appendix D: Analogies, Metaphors and Clichés
Analogies
Mixed Metaphors
Clichés
Appendix E: Ethics
Freebies
Checkbook Journalism
Conflict of Interest
Misrepresentation
Private Lives
Appendix F: Law
Libel
Privacy
Protecting Sources
Access

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