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Journalism Unbound

New Approaches to Reporting and Writing

Mitchell Stephens

Publication Date - 17 January 2014

ISBN: 9780195189926

208 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


Journalism is rapidly changing. Journalism education must too. In Journalism Unbound, Mitchell Stephens introduces new methods of teaching reporting and writing--for video, audio and the written word. In lively chapters full of examples and anecdotes, he explores a number of ways journalism might take advantage of the current digital revolution to become less formulaic and more engaging, searching, diverse in its concerns and relevant, particularly to younger audiences. Although the focus is on what journalism might be, the book employs as examples the best of what journalism has been--from Joan Didion to Nate Silver, Edward R. Murrow to Samantha Power, and James Baldwin to Adrian Nicole LeBlanc.

About the Author(s)

Mitchell Stephens, Professor of Journalism in the Carter Institute at New York University, is the author of Beyond News: The Future of Journalism (2014); the rise of the image the fall of the word (1998); A History of News; and Broadcast News (1998). He is also coauthor of Writing and Reporting the News (2007) and coeditor of Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11 (2003).


"Journalism Unbound's greatest strength is the author's use of masterful writing. Stephens uses great examples that should inspire any student."--Jennifer Atwater, Towson University

"I really like the author's recognition of the value of studying the basics and the classics and how the field of journalism is changing."--Peter Ellertsen, Benedictine University at Springfield

Praise for Mitchell Stephens' earlier books on journalism and media: "Thorough, scrupulous and witty; in all respects first-rate, and original, work."--Washington Post

"Lively and original. At every stage Mr. Stephens's wide knowledge of his subject furnishes him with striking facts and analogies."--New York Times

"A thoughtful and measured challenge, the kind of scholarship that helps push us forward."--American Journalism Review

"Perhaps we should make our students dive deeper. Perhaps we should ourselves. This book does."--Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly

Table of Contents

    Introduction: Aiming higher
    1. Wondering: New Perspectives
    2. Learning: More-Penetrating Approaches
    3. Wandering: Less-Familiar Places
    4. Recognizing: Deeper Truths
    5. Pondering: Wiser Understandings
    6. Enlivening: More Engaging Styles
    7. Elevating: Finer Wordings
    8. Sculpting: More Shapely Forms

Teaching Resources

ยท          Companion Website: (oup.com/us/stephens) includes chapter assignments, written by the author, and links to full articles excerpted in the text.