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Essential Public Affairs for Journalists

Third Edition

James Morrison

Publication Date - April 2013

ISBN: 9780199663859

688 pages
Paperback
9.2 x 6.0 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $40.00

Description

Essential Public Affairs for Journalists is an invaluable guide for journalism students and those already in the industry. It introduces readers to the constitutional framework and the governing institutions of the UK; covers the NHS, the Treasury, industry, utilities, social welfare, and home affairs; explores Britain's role in the EU and the wider world of international relations; before turning to focus on local government issues which introduce a wealth of subjects for aspiring and practicing journalists.

The third edition has been updated with a full explanation of the large-scale programmes of reforms introduced by the coalition since the 2010 election, and includes up-to-date and relevant news stories and issues. It provides clear and engaging explanations of major recent and ongoing political events including the Libor-fixing scandal, eurozone sovereign debt crisis, the 2012 Budget, and the background to the setting up of the Leveson Inquiry, and includes new sections focusing on key topical issues and debates related to particular policy areas. A fully revised glossary includes previously specialist terms that have entered the public discourse. The contents have been developed to ensure the best possible fit with the NCTJ essential public affairs syllabus, and there is clearly signposted advice on the practicalities of reporting.

Features

* Designed to map on to NCTJ-accredited courses, it contains all the information necessary for students to pass the NCTJ essential public affairs exam and practical assessment.
* The only textbook to combine coverage of central and local government specifically geared towards journalism students.
* Supplemented with regular updates on the accompanying Online Resource Centre, to ensure that students are always aware of the latest developments in this rapidly moving field.
* Includes practically orientated pedagogic features based on real-life pieces of journalism, together with examples of issues on which journalists routinely report.

The text is supported by an Online Resource Centre:

Online Resource Centre

- Regular updates
- New developments in central and local government are succinctly summarised
- News feeds and links to real life articles from different news sites via RSS
- Audio podcasts on reporting public affairs in practice
- Tables
- Web links

New to this Edition

  • Full explanations of the huge programmes of reforms introduced by the coalition in the NHS, school system, social welfare, planning system, and regulation of the financial sector.
  • Numerous new examples of relevant stories and issues, with fully updated pedagogic content.
  • A fully revised glossary of key terminology, including previously specialist terms that have entered the public discourse.
  • Concise and engaging explanations of the main details of major recent and ongoing political events, including the Libor-fixing scandal, the eurozone sovereign debt crisis, the 2012 budget, and the background to the establishment of the Leveson Inquiry.
  • New sections focusing on key topical issues/debates related to particular policy areas.

About the Author(s)

James Morrison, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Kingston University

Previous Publication Date(s)

April 2013
May 2011
March 2009

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The British Constitution and Monarchy
    2. Parliamentary Democracy in the UK
    3. Prime Minister, Cabinet, and the Government
    4. The Electoral System
    5. Political Parties, Party Funding, and Lobbying
    6. The National Health Service (NHS)
    7. The Treasury, Industry and the Utilities
    8. Social Welfare and Home Affairs
    9. The European Union (EU)
    10. International Relations
    11. Origins and Structure of Local Government
    12. Financing Local Government
    13. Local Government Decision-Making
    14. Local Government Accountability and Elections
    15. Local Authorities and Education
    16. Planning Policy and Environmental Protection
    17. Local Authorities and Housing Policy
    18. Children's Services and Adult Social Care
    19. Transport, Environment, and 'Quality of Life' Issues
    20. Freedom of Information
    Glossary

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