Synopses & Reviews
Includes bibliographical references (p. 431-436) and index.
This comprehensive introductory text combines the "whys" of journalism with the "how-tos." Students are guided toward mastery of the finer points of reporting, beat coverage, and news writing, while also gaining awareness of the important role journalists serve in a democratic society. Rich with pointers, examples, hands-on exercises, and thoughtful discussion questions, and written in an engaging, down-to-earth style, the book reflects the authors' extensive experience in both the newsroom and the classroom. Chapters provide step-by-step coverage of every aspect of the reporter's craft: gathering information; conducting interviews; framing stories; writing clear, well-organized articles; and working with editors and photographers. Helping students understand what makes news relevant and useful to the broader community, the book gives particular attention to the values and practices of civic journalism.
About the Author
Cheryl Gibbs is an assistant professor of journalism at Earlham College. Before joining the Earlham faculty in 1993, she was a cops-and-courts reporter, arts writer, features editor, regional editor, city editor, and weekend news editor at two small daily newspapers.
Tom Warhover is an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and the executive editor of the Columbia Missourian. Previously, he was a reporter and editor at The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot, a 200,000 circulation daily newspaper.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Journalist's Role in Society
Something to Think About: The Loneliness of the Street-Corner Orator
Chapter 2: What Journalists Do
Truth Is No Stranger . . .
Chapter 3: How News Writing Is Different
Chapter 4: The Community as a Context for the News
Learning from Experience: Community Knowledge
Chapter 5: Reporting Basic, Informative News Stories
Chapter 6: Writing Basic, Informative News Stories
Story Portfolio: Basic News Stories
Chapter 7: Framing News Stories
Branding the News
Chapter 8: Interviewing
A Poem by R.D. Laing: From "Knots"
Chapter 9: Observation, Curiosity and Note-Taking
Chapter 10: Adding Photos, Graphics and Other Visual Elements
Chapter 11: General Assignment Reporting
Chapter 12: Covering a Beat
Chapter 13: In-Depth Stories
Chapter 14: Journalists' Rights and Responsibilities
Chapter 15: Getting a Job -- and Keeping It
The Life of a Reporter
Appendix A: Newspaper Jobs
Appendix B: Common Mistakes and Unnecessary Words
Appendix C: Commonly Misspelled Words
Appendix D: A Quick Guide for Covering Emergencies
Appendix E: Journalists' Creeds, Platforms and Codes of Ethics
Appendix F: Glossary