Writing & Reporting News: A Coaching Method, 5th Edition

  • Carole Rich
  • ISBN-10: 0495004235
  • ISBN-13: 9780495004233
  • 560 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 2003
  • © 2007 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $157.25 
 

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Overview

WRITING AND REPORTING NEWS prepares students for the changing world of journalism by emphasizing traditional basic skills while also stressing new trends in the convergence of print, broadcast and online media. With new information about blogs, multimedia writing, and other skills students will need for careers in the media, the Fifth Edition retains its emphasis on writing fundamentals and ethics in journalism, as well as the coaching method, which features tips and techniques from writing coaches and award-winning journalists. The text's strong "storytelling" approach with stories about journalists and its built-in instructional material make it accessible and easy for students to learn effective writing and reporting techniques for every news medium.


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Features/Benefits

  • THE COACHING METHOD. This proven approach to training in the journalism profession helps students improve their writing and reporting techniques. Coaching tips and techniques from writing coaches and award-winning journalists precede every chapter.
  • CURRENT MATERIAL ON ETHICS. In addition to a chapter on Media Ethics (Chapter 14), 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 students might face as media professionals.
  • MULTIMEDIA SIMULATED ASSIGNMENTS HELP STUDENTS PRACTICE THEIR REPORTING SKILLS. Available at no additional cost, NEWS SCENE: INTERACTIVE NEWS ASSIGNMENTS is an innovative, award-winning multimedia program that uses nine simulated reporting assignments to help students hone their news writing and reporting skills. Each of the program's realistic news events is presented from multiple perspectives and is accompanied by extensive source material, including videotaped interviews, telephone messages, official documents, and database information. The simulations provide practice in specialized reporting for news conferences, government meetings, court proceedings, and other events, to help sharpen necessary skills to write for print, broadcast and online formats. Available via the Internet with an access code that can be purchased separately, or through an access card that may be bundled with the text.
  • A UNIQUE CHAPTER ON WEB JOURNALISM prepares students for communicating effectively via the Internet.
  • A SPECIFIC CHAPTER ON GRAMMAR AND USAGE (Chapter 6) and emphasis throughout the text, assists students who struggle with the mechanics of writing.
  • A COMPLETE CHAPTER ON MULTICULTURAL SENSITIVITY (Chapter 15) encourages students to consider their own bias and how it could impact their objectivity as journalists.
  • AN ABBREVIATED AP STYLE GUIDE at the end of the book serves as a quick reference for common problems and uses for students.
  • ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE VIA THE WEB. The accompanying Book Companion Web Site provides a wealth of new and updated resources, including style quizzes, writing exercises, Web links, Internet exercises, and access to InfoTrac® College Edition.

What's New

  • INCREASED EMPHASIS ON THE INTEGRATION OF PRINT, BROADCAST AND ONLINE SKILLS. Every chapter includes boxed multimedia reporting and writing tips to prepare students for media careers that require a combination of these skills. A new opening chapter, "Changing Concepts of News," introduces students to this rapidly changing and converging media and begins the discussion of the growing problem of plagiarism and fabrication in journalism.
  • CHAPTER RE-ORGANIZATION. Three chapters in former editions have been merged with other chapters in this edition for increased clarity and closer integration. Information on obituary writing is now found with Profiles (Chapter 22). The chapter on Story Structure (Chapter 8) now includes coverage of the writing process. The chapter on Government and Statistical Stories (Chapter 19) includes coverage of computer-assisted reporting.
  • A NEW CHAPTER ON GLOBAL JOURNALISM (Chapter 16) exposes students to international issues on writing and reporting news.
  • NEW EXAMPLES AND EXERCISES. Each chapter features new information to keep students abreast of the most recent trends and techniques in journalism. Of particular note, Chapter 4, "Sources and Online Research," features an expanded section on anonymous sources, including the case of Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper and THE NEW YORK TIMES reporter Judith Miller, who was jailed after she refused to reveal her sources to a grand jury; and Chapter 21, "Disaster, Weather and Tragedies," features a compelling new interview with a photographer who survived after being buried alive in the 9/11 disaster.

Table of Contents

Part One: UNDERSTANDING NEWS.
1. Changing Concepts of News.
2. The Basic News Story.
Part Two: COLLECTING INFORMATION.
3. Curiosity and Story Ideas.
4. Sources and Online Research.
5. Interviewing Techniques.
Part Three: CONSTRUCTING STORIES.
6. Grammar and Usage.
7. Leads and Nut Graphs.
8. Story Structure.
9. Storytelling and Feature Techniques.
10. Public Relations Writing.
11. Broadcast Reporting and Writing.
12. Web Journalism.
Part Four: UNDERSTANDING MEDIA ISSUES.
13. Accuracy and Media Law.
14. Media Ethics.
15. Multicultural Sensitivity.
16. Global Journalism.
Part Five: APPLYING THE TECHNIQUES.
17. Beat Reporting.
18. Speeches, News Conferences and Meetings.
19. Government and Statistical Stories.
20. Crime and Punishment.
21. Disasters, Weather and Tragedies.
22. Profiles.
23. Media Jobs and Internships.
Appendix A. Style Guide.

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Meet the Author

About the Author

Carole Rich

Carole Rich is a retired journalism professor, formerly at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she served as 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 (Connecticut) Courant. Rich has been a visiting writing coach at newspapers throughout the United States and has conducted many writing seminars for journalism organizations, including a seminar for professional journalists in Spain. She is the author of multiple well-regarded media and reporting textbooks.

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