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Reporting for the Media

Tenth edition

John Bender, Lucinda Davenport, Michael Drager, and Fred Fedler

Publication Date - November 2011

ISBN: 9780199846412

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.

New to this Edition

  • * More coverage of new and emerging forms of media
  • * Chapters 12 and 22, exercises on copyediting symbols and an appendix containing the abridged AP Stylebook are now on a Companion Website
  • * 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

About the Author(s)

Bender: Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Davenport: Professor of Journalism, Michigan State University Drager: Assistant Professor of Journalism, Shippensburg University Fedler: Professor of Journalism, University of Central Florida

Previous Publication Date(s)

March 2008
May 2004
July 2000


"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

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