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Published: 15 October 2014

368 Pages

8 x 10 inches

ISBN: 9780199732340

Bookseller Code (04)

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The Responsible Journalist

An Introduction to News Reporting and Writing

Jennie Dear and Faron Scott

  • Demystifies the practice of journalism so that students understand the reasons for journalistic conventions explicitly rather than through osmosis or appeals to tradition
  • Teaches students how to develop and apply critical thinking skills as both journalists and news consumers, moving beyond superficial cynicism to a considered and tempered approach
  • Emphasizes the journalist's role as a public servant and weaves discussions of ethics throughout the text
  • Examines social values that are reflected in traditional elements of newsworthiness
  • Problematizes ideas about bias, objectivity, truth and reality and provides alternative ways to meet the underlying goals of autonomy, fairness and accuracy
  • Provides numerous, interesting examples and thoughtful analysis that guide students in thinking through both the ideas and skills introduced
  • Assumes that journalists will work in different media, highlighting a skill set that transcends the particular medium
  • Includes in-depth information about how to select sources for stories, emphasizing fairness and accuracy

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