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The Democratic Craft

G. Stuart Adam and Roy Peter Clark

Publication Date - November 2005

ISBN: 9780195182071

416 pages
6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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An anthology and textbook in one, Journalism: The Democratic Craft enhances students' critical thinking skills and overall understanding of their discipline.


How does an instructor integrate journalism theory and practice in ways that are meaningful to students? G. Stuart Adam and Roy Peter Clark answer this question by combining relevant and engaging readings and practical writing instruction in Journalism: The Democratic Craft. An anthology and textbook in one, this volume enhances students' critical thinking skills and overall understanding of their discipline. It begins with inspirational reflections on journalism and democracy, followed by commentary on the journalistic craft. Adam and Clark, seasoned instructors at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and elsewhere, present published works from a diversity of voices--from George Orwell, V. S. Naipaul, Susan Sontag, and John Hersey, to Seymour Hersh, David Halberstam, and Tom Wolfe. The book's content and organization are designed to strengthen students' practical skills. The authors introduce and promote the development of "The Editor's Lexicon"--terms that guide the creation of journalistic texts and direct their repair and evaluation. A language that master editors speak in their supervisory roles, this lexicon is also used by reporters when they make news judgments, gather evidence, compose stories, and interpret events. Each section features a concluding study guide and exercises that have been class-tested by the authors. These features provide for the effective use of the book by educators and students alike. Journalism: The Democratic Craft narrows the gap between the classroom and the profession, providing an all-in-one solution to the long lists of required books for advanced news writing and reporting courses.

Table of Contents

    Part I: Authorship & Craft
    1. Introduction
    2. George Orwell, "Why I Write"
    3. V.S. Naipaul, "On Being a Writer"
    4. Joan Didion, "Why I Write"
    5. Salman Rushdie, "In Good Faith"
    6. George Plimpton, "Maya Angelou"
    7. Robert Stone, "The Reason for Stories"
    8. Study Guide: Talking Points and Workbench
    Part II: The Elements of Journalism
    A. NEWS
    9. Introduction
    10. Walter Lippmann, "The Nature of News"
    11. Helen MacGill Hughes, "From Politics to Human Interest"
    12. Frank Luther Mott, "What's the News?"
    13. Daniel Boorstin, "From News Gathering to News Making: A Flood of Pseudo-Events"
    14. Max Ways, "What's Wrong with News? It's Not New Enough"
    15. Study Guide: Talking Points and Workbench
    16. Introduction
    17. Walter Lippmann, "News, Truth, and a Conclusion"
    18. John Carey, "Introduction"
    19. James S. Ettema & Theodore L. Glasser, "On the Epistemology of Investigative Journalism"
    20. John G. Morris, "Tuesday Was a Good D-Day for Life"
    21. David Halberstam, "Getting the Story in Vietnam"
    22. John Hersey, "The Legend on the License"
    23. Seymour Hersh, "How I Broke the Mylai 4 Story"
    24. Bill Kovach & Tom Rosenstiell, "Journalism of Verification"
    25. Christopher Lydon, "The Boston Hoax: She Fought It, He Bought It"
    26. Victor Cohn, "The Scientific Way"
    27. Susan Sontag, "In Plato's Cave"
    28. Roy Peter Clark, "The Line Between Fact and Fiction"
    29. Robert Ezra Park, "News as a Form of Knowledge"
    30. Study Guide: Talking Points and Workbench
    31. Introduction
    32. George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language"
    33. Hugh Kenner, "The Politics of Plain Style"
    34. S.I. Hayakawa & Alan R. Hayakawa, "Reports, Inferences, Judgments"
    35. Robert Scholes & Robert Kellog, "The Narrative Tradition"
    36. Tom Wolfe, "The Feature Game", "Like a Novel, "Seizing the Power"
    37. Study Guide: Talking Points and Workbench
    38. Introduction
    39. Commission on Freedom of the Press, "The Requirements"
    40. James Carey, "The Dark Continent of American Journalism"
    41. Paul Starobin (with Pamela Varley), "Covering Campaign '96: The Conceptual Scoop"
    42. Study Guide: Talking Points and Workbench
    Part III: Summation
    43. An Introduction
    44. G. Stuart Adam, Notes Towards a Definition of Journalism: Understanding an Old Craft as an Art Form
    45. Study Guide: Talking Points and Workbench

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