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Overview

WRITING AND REPORTING NEWS: A COACHING METHOD prepares students for the changing world of journalism by integrating new trends in the convergence of print, broadcast, and online media while teaching fundamental skills. With new information about social media, mobile media, blogs, and new skills students will need for careers in emerging media, the seventh edition features practical tips and techniques from writing coaches and award-winning journalists. Real-life stories of working journalists and built-in instructional material make the text accessible and interesting, enabling students to easily learn effective writing and reporting techniques for media careers now and in the future.

Carole Rich,

Carole Rich is a retired journalism professor, formerly at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she was the Atwood professor before accepting a full-time position. She also served as chair of the journalism department at Hofstra University in New York for two years, taught journalism at the University of Kansas for 11 years, and worked for 16 years in the newspaper industry. She was a reporter for the former PHILADELPHIA EVENING BULLETIN, city editor of the SUN-SENTINEL in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and deputy metropolitan editor of the HARTFORD COURANT in Connecticut. In addition to serving as a visiting writing coach at newspapers throughout the United States, Professor Rich has conducted many writing seminars for journalism organizations, including a group of professional journalists in Spain. She is the author of multiple highly regarded media and reporting textbooks.
  • A Social Media chapter (Ch. 4) contains material from the old Blog chapter in the 6th edition, and adds all new material about how to understand and write for social networks.
  • Social Media boxes have been specially written for every chapter along with revised Convergence Coach and Ethics boxes.
  • A completely revised Convergence chapter (Ch. 3) now includes mobile media.
  • A new full-color design features color photographs throughout the book for an engaging and enhanced learning experience.
  • Exercises have been added to focus on social media skills.
  • The student workbook is available as a print or digital product. The digital version is incorporated into the CourseMate at no extra charge, and exercises have been revised to coordinate with the revisions in the textbook.
  • The text's unique coaching method, a proven approach to training in the journalism profession, helps students improve their writing and reporting skills through tips and techniques from writing coaches and award-winning journalists.
  • In addition to a complete chapter on media ethics, every chapter includes highlighted boxes of ethical dilemmas to teach students the importance of critical thinking about ethical issues and to explore some of the dilemmas they might face as media professionals.
  • Dedicated chapters on web journalism, English grammar and usage, and multicultural sensitivity provide in-depth coverage of key topics such as communicating effectively via the Internet and the mechanics of writing, as well as considerations of personal bias and how it can impact journalistic objectivity.
  • An abbreviated AP style guide at the end of the book serves as a quick reference for common problems and uses, introducing students to this indispensable guide used widely by professional journalists.
  • Every chapter includes boxed multimedia reporting and writing tips to prepare students for careers that require a combination of skills and integrate print, broadcast, and online media. A special opening chapter introduces students to this rapidly changing world of converging media and begins the discussion of the growing problem of plagiarism and fabrication in journalism.
  • Each chapter features new information, examples, and exercises to keep students abreast of the most recent trends and techniques in journalism and help them develop the skills needed for success in this highly dynamic industry.
  • Revised Ethics boxes and new Convergence Coach boxes in every chapter provide special emphasis to help students prepare for professional success by developing the skills and judgment needed to excel in a modern media environment.
  • Revised Web Journalism/Broadcasting and Reporting/Writing chapters include updated information and extensive new material to better reflect the current media environment and engage students with interesting, highly relevant examples.
  • Award-winning multimedia program NewsScene features 11 online interactive news assignments based on realistic news events and using extensive source material, including videotaped interviews, telephone messages, official documents, and database information, to help students sharpen their writing skills for print, broadcast and online media. Two newly created assignments are presented in this revised version. NewsScene can be included in the Printed Access Card or Instant Access Code bundle.
1. Changing Concepts of News.
2. The Basic News Story.
3. Convergent and Mobile Media.
4. Social Media.
5. Sources and Online Research.
6. Interviewing Techniques.
7. Leads and Nut Graphs.
8. Story Organization.
9. Story Forms.
10. Storytelling and Feature Techniques.
11. Broadcast News Writing.
12. Online Journalism.
13. Public Relations Writing.
14. Media Law.
15. Media Ethics.
16. Multicultural Sensitivity.
17. Profiles and Obituaries.
18. Speeches, News Conferences and Meetings.
19. Government and Statistical Stories.
20. Crime and Punishment.
22. Disasters, Weather and Tragedies.
24. Media Jobs and Internships.

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  • ISBN-10: 1111344442
  • ISBN-13: 9781111344443
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  • RETAIL $209.95

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

FOR INSTRUCTORS

Online Instructor's Resource Manual

ISBN: 9781305077348
Available electronically via e-mail, this valuable manual contains teaching and exercise tips, handouts, resources, and test questions for exams. The Instructor's Manual is also available electronically on the password-protected section of the Instructor Resource Website.

Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781305077386

Guide to Online Resources for Journalism

ISBN: 9781305077379

Student Workbook for Rich's Writing and Reporting News: A Coaching Method, 8th

ISBN: 9781305577428
The Student Workbook features several exercises in each chapter to reinforce the concepts taught in Writing and Reporting News, Eighth Edition. These include quizzes, exercises designed to give students more opportunities to improve their reporting and writing skills, and exercises designed to encourage critical thinking by asking students to critique news stories and analyze websites. This edition of the workbook also includes practice in using social media skills.

FOR STUDENTS

Student Workbook for Rich's Writing and Reporting News: A Coaching Method, 8th

ISBN: 9781305577428
The Student Workbook features several exercises in each chapter to reinforce the concepts taught in Writing and Reporting News, Eighth Edition. These include quizzes, exercises designed to give students more opportunities to improve their reporting and writing skills, and exercises designed to encourage critical thinking by asking students to critique news stories and analyze websites. This edition of the workbook also includes practice in using social media skills.