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Reporting for the Media

Tenth Edition

John R. Bender, Lucinda D. Davenport, Michael W. Drager, and Fred Fedler

Publication Date - April 2012

ISBN: 9780199944446

608 pages
8-1/2 x 11 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $87.95

The best introduction to the fundamentals of writing for today's journalism student


Now in its tenth edition, Reporting for the Media continues to be an essential resource for journalism instructors. A sweeping introduction to newswriting and reporting, this classic text focuses on the basics of reporting--how to become more curious about the world, generate provocative ideas, gather vital information and write incisive stories.

The authors emphasize such central topics as grammar basics, and common ethical dilemmas. In addition to its excellent pedagogy and coverage of the converged newsroom, the text also explores a variety of advanced topics including broadcast writing, law, ethics and public relations.

Now available with a FREE Appendix on Style

New to this Edition

  • * A new chapter on writing for digital media and cross-platform storytelling
  • * An introductory chapter that combines chapters 1 and 2 of the last edition
  • * A new four-part organization that presents the chapters on libel and ethics earlier in the book
  • * Chapters 12 and 22, exercises on copyediting symbols and an appendix containing the abridged AP Stylebook are now on a Companion Website
  • * More coverage of new and emerging forms of media

About the Author(s)

John R. Bender is Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lucinda D. Davenport is Professor of Journalism, Michigan State University

Michael W. Drager is Assistant Professor of Journalism, Shippensburg University

Fred Fedler is Professor of Journalism, University of Central Florida


"This is a terrific text, one of the best in the field. It is comprehensive, reliable, and useful. The authors provide a simple, easy-to-understand narrative and an ample supply of thoughtful, relevant exercises." --Joseph Hayden, University of Memphis

"The most satisfying text I ever used in my news reporting course. I've used it for the past year and have recommended it to other instructors who were equally praiseworthy after using it. The book's strengths lie in its straightforward delivery of the basic elements of journalism and the many examples at the ends of chapters, which allow students to put into practice the teachings of the chapter." --Scott Brown, CSU Northridge

"Reporting for the Media teaches the fundamentals of journalism through excellent examples and exercises while including up-to-date information on the issues and challenges facing today's news media." --Deborah Givens, Eastern Kentucky University

"I'm especially impressed with the public affairs reporting examples, including the Dahmer 911 transcript and the statistics chapter." --Berrin Beasley, University of North Florida

Table of Contents

    Chapter One - Journalism Today
    Chapter Two - Grammar and Spelling
    Chapter Three - Newswriting Style
    Chapter Four - The Language of News
    Chapter Five - Selecting and Reporting the News
    Chapter Six - Libel, Privacy and Newsgathering Issues
    Chapter Seven - Ethics
    Chapter Eight - Basic News Leads
    Chapter Nine - Alternative Leads
    Chapter Ten - The Body of a News Story
    Chapter Eleven - Quotations and Attribution
    Chapter Twelve - Interviews
    Chapter Thirteen - Writing for Radio and TV News
    Chapter Fourteen - Writing for Digital Media
    Chapter Fifteen - Speeches and Meetings
    Chapter Sixteen - Brights, Follow-Ups, Roundups, Sidebars and Obituaries
    Chapter Seventeen - Feature Stories
    Chapter Eighteen - Public Affairs Reporting
    Chapter Nineteen - Advanced Reporting
    Chapter Twenty - Journalism and Public Relations
    Appendix A - City Directory
    Appendix B - Rules for Forming Possessives
    Appendix C - Answer Keys