Getting the Whole Story: Reporting and Writing the News

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Guilford Press, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 451 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Journalists Role in Society
7
The Loneliness of the StreetCorner Orator
25
What Journalists Do
28
Truth Is No Stranger
43
How News Writing Is Different
47
The Community as a Context for the News
68
Community Knowledge
94
General Assignment Reporting
241
Covering a Beat
271
InDepth Stories
303
Journalists Rights and Responsibilities
346
Getting a Joband Keeping It
365
The Life of a Reporter
384
Newspaper Jobs
393
Common Mistakes and Unnecessary Words
398

Reporting Basic Informative News Stories
102
Writing Basic Informative News Stories
118
Basic News Stories
153
Framing News Stories
157
Branding the News
180
Interviewing
183
From Knots
207
Observation Curiosity and NoteTaking
208
Adding Photos Graphics and Other Visual Elements
223
Commonly Misspelled Words
408
A Quick Guide for Covering Emergencies
411
Journalists Creeds Platforms and Codes of Ethics
418
Glossary of Newsroom Terms
424
Works Cited
431
Index
437
About the Authors
451
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

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.

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