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Writing and Reporting the News

Third Edition

Jerry Lanson and Mitchell Stephens

Publication Date - July 2007

ISBN: 9780195306668

560 pages
Paperback
8-1/2 x 11 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $99.95

This unique textbook/workbook gives students a clear, logical introduction to the craft of journalism.

Description

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.

About the Author(s)

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).

Previous Publication Date(s)

January 1994
July 1993

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