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Writing and Reporting for the Media

Eleventh Edition

John R. Bender, Lucinda D. Davenport, Michael W. Drager, and Fred Fedler

Publication Date - February 2015

ISBN: 9780190200886

504 pages
Paperback
8-1/2 x 11 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $96.95

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Description

Now in its eleventh edition, Writing and Reporting for the Media continues to be a top resource for journalism courses. A fundamental introduction to newswriting and reporting, this classic text focuses on the basics of reporting, including critical thinking, thorough reporting, excellent writing and creative visual communication skills for stories across all media.

NEW TO THIS EDITION
· The book's updated title, Writing and Reporting for the Media, reflects the expanded breadth of journalism to include text, audio, photos, video and design for all media
· Innovative collaborations of journalism and digital media are covered in Chapter 13, Digital Media: Online, Mobile and Social Media, which includes instruction on how digital journalism differs from print and how to combine multiple elements for a digital package
· The complementary relationship of visuals and reporting is demonstrated in Chapter 14, Visual Journalism, which covers basic skills for shooting still and video images and recording audio
· A newly revised Chapter 4, The Language of News, includes guidance on usage and grammar for the news media
· In full-color for the first time, the text's updated visuals now represent all media, including television, the Internet and mobile media
· A fully updated and expanded AP Style Guide is available to package with the text or purchase as a separate supplement

New to this Edition

  • The book's updated title, Writing and Reporting for the Media, reflects the expanded breadth of journalism to include text, audio, photos, video and design for all media
  • Innovative collaborations of journalism and digital media are covered in Chapter 13, Digital Media: Online, Mobile and Social Media, which includes instruction on how digital journalism differs from print and how to combine multiple elements for a digital package
  • The complementary relationship of visuals and reporting is demonstrated in Chapter 14, Visual Journalism, which covers basic skills for shooting still and video images and recording audio
  • A newly revised Chapter 4, The Language of News, includes guidance on usage and grammar for the news media
  • In full-color for the first time, the text's updated visuals now represent all media, including television, the Internet and mobile media
  • A fully updated and expanded AP Style Guide is available to package with the text or purchase as a separate supplement

About the Author(s)

John R. Bender is Professor of Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Lucinda D. Davenport is Director and Professor of Journalism at Michigan State University.

Michael W. Drager is Associate Professor of Journalism at Shippensburg University.

Fred Fedler is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Central Florida.

Previous Publication Date(s)

November 2011
March 2008
August 2004

Reviews

"The very best part about this textbook is the pace and easy-to-read writing. A journalism text should be written in plain English, and this one is."-Sharon O'Malley, University of Maryland University College

"Stands out as a point-by-point guide to publishable journalistic writing."-Vincent Arnold Mackowiak, Eastern Michigan University

"The ease of reading it, the clear descriptions and the exercises make this an excellent book for beginning students."-Karen Cristiano, Drexel University

Table of Contents

    Preface


    SECTION I: THE TOOLS OF JOURNALISM

    Chapter 1: JOURNALISM TODAY
    The Journalism Profession
    More News from More Sources
    The News as a Business
    What Does It Take to Be a Successful Journalist?
    Journalism Style

    Chapter 2: SELECTING AND REPORTING THE NEWS
    News Characteristics and News Elements
    Types of News--Hard News and Soft News
    What Is Not Newsworthy?
    The Importance of Accuracy

    Chapter 3: NEWSWRITING STYLE
    Simplify Words, Sentences and Paragraphs
    Eliminate Unnecessary Words
    Quiz
    Remain Objective
    Respecting Diversity

    Chapter 4: THE LANGUAGE OF NEWS
    The Effectiveness of Words
    Mastering Grammar
    Basic Sentence Structure
    Common Grammatical Errors
    Spelling
    Punctuation
    Writing Like a Pro
    Problems to Avoid


    SECTION II: THE LAW AND ETHICS OF JOURNALISM

    Chapter 5: LIBEL, PRIVACY, AND NEWSGATHERING ISSUES
    Libel
    Privacy
    Newsgathering Issues

    Chapter 6: ETHICS
    Ethical Decision Making
    Ethics Matters
    Ethics Issues Regarding Conduct
    Ethics Issues Regarding Content


    SECTION III: THE BASIC SKILLS OF JOURNALISM

    Chapter 7: BASIC NEWS LEADS
    Prewriting
    The News Lead
    Sentence Structure in Leads
    Guidelines for Writing Effective Leads
    Avoiding Some Common Errors

    Chapter 8: ALTERNATIVE LEADS
    Criticisms
    "Buried" or "Delayed" Leads
    Multiparagraph Leads
    Using Quotations
    Using Questions
    Types of Alternative Leads

    Chapter 9: THE BODY OF A NEWS STORY
    The Inverted-Pyramid Style
    The Hourglass Style
    The Focus Style
    The Narrative Style
    Using Transitions
    Explain the Unfamiliar
    The Importance of Examples
    The Use of Description
    The Need to Be Fair
    The Final Step: Edit Your Story

    Chapter 10: QUOTATIONS AND ATTRIBUTION
    Quotations
    Blending Quotations and Narrative
    Attribution

    Chapter 11: INTERVIEWING
    Preparing for the Interview
    Conducting the Interview
    Writing the Interview Story

    Chapter 12: WRITING FOR RADIO AND TV NEWS
    Story Structure
    Leads
    The Body of a Story
    Updating Broadcast News Stories
    Guidelines for Copy Preparation
    Sources for Broadcast News
    Broadcast Interviewing
    The Newsroom

    Chapter 13: DIGITAL MEDIA: ONLINE, MOBILE AND SOCIAL MEDIA
    Linear vs. Nonlinear Writing
    Elements of the Story Package
    Blogging and Digital Media

    Chapter 14: VISUAL JOURNALISM
    The Roots of Visual Journalism
    Visual Journalism Today
    The Digital News Package
    Technology You Will Need


    SECTION IV: APPLYING THE SKILLS OF JOURNALISM

    Chapter 15: SPEECHES AND MEETINGS
    Advance Stories
    Covering the Speech or Meeting
    Follow Stories
    Remember Your Readers
    Adding Color

    Chapter 16: BRIGHTS, FOLLOW-UPS, ROUNDUPS, SIDEBARS AND OBITUARIES
    Brights
    Follow-ups
    Roundups
    Sidebars
    Obituaries

    Chapter 17: FEATURE STORIES
    Finding Story Ideas and Gathering Information
    Parts of Feature Stories
    Types of Feature Stories

    Chapter 18: PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORTING
    Crime and Accidents
    Local Government
    Courts

    Chapter 19: INTRODUCTION TO INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
    Investigative Reporting in American Journalism
    What Is Investigative Reporting?
    Whom and What to Investigate
    Developing an Investigative Story
    The Investigative Interview
    Writing the Investigative Story
    Using Technology in Investigative Reporting
    Ethical Issues in Investigative Reporting

    Chapter 20: JOURNALISM AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
    What Is Public Relations?
    Becoming a Public Relations Practitioner
    Working With News Media
    Tips for Effective News Releases
    From the Journalist's Perspective: Working With Press Releases
    The No. 1 Problem: Lack of Newsworthiness
    Focusing on the News
    Tightening the Writing
    The No. 2 Problem: Lack of Objectivity
    Eliminating Puffery
    Other Problems With News Releases


    Appendix A: City Directory
    Appendix B: Rules for Forming Possessives
    Appendix C: Answer Keys
    Credit Lines
    Index