Designed with the beginning journalism student in mind, this undergraduate textbook for fledgling reporters is a reference guide and an instructive text full of real-world examples and writing exercises. Conrad C. Fink, a longtime reporter and bureau chief with the Associated Press, leads intro journalism students through the basics of news writing, followed by analytical, interpretive, and opinion writing, including specialty coverage—sports, science, business, technology, and profiles. This text makes use of a wide range of real-world examples and uses a direct, minimalist writing style developed by the author in 45 years of experience in journalism and teaching. Chapters include exercises that introduce students to a writing opportunity or problem, reproduce a real-life example of how a seasoned journalist handled it, then discuss the point made. In this wise and highly usable text, Fink will ease the path toward becoming a better writer—giving students the tools they need to communicate clearly and effectively in an ever-changing world.
Conrad C. Fink is William S. Morris Professor of Newspaper Strategy and Management at the College of Journalism at the University of Georgia. He was with the Associated Press for over 20 years, where he held a number of positions as reporter, foreign correspondent, bureau chief, and vice president and secretary of the corporation. He is the author of a number of textbooks on journalism, the media, and newspaper management. He is the recipient of the Freedom Forum's Journalism Educator of the Year Award for 2002.
Know Your Audience
Know Your Subject
Sharpening Your Tools
Achieving Precision and Clarity
Becoming a Stylist
Capturing-and Holding-Their Attention
Hey, Reader! Look at This!
Lead Readers Gently by the Hand
Getting Started in Specialty Writing
Sports, Science, Business
Features, Profiles and "Soft" Pieces
Handling Longer Narratives
Writing that Explains and Advocates
Explanatory Writing in News
Writing Personal Commentary
Ethics, the Law, and You
Codes of Ethics, Rule of Law