Heat and Light: Advice for the Next Generation of Journalists

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Three Rivers Press, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 276 pages
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In Heat & Light, a legendary journalist and a journalism professor join forces to offer a one-of-a-kind guide for our next generation of great journalists. Drawing on the authors' decades of experience at the top of the field and inspired directly by beginners' most frequently asked questions, Heat & Light offers invaluable advice on such topics as:

balancing drama and information ('heat' vs. 'light')
generating and evaluating story ideas
the secrets to crafting good ledes
creating strong packages for the internet, tv, and radio
the specific requirements of writing for print and broadcast
the art of the interview

Along the way, the authors share countless anecdotes from their own storied careers--and discuss larger questions such as the rapidly growing role of digital media and what it means for today's aspiring journalists.

Includes an extensive "reporter's toolbox" of checklists, techniques, and resources

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Heat & Light: Advice for the Next Generation of Journalists

User Review  - Barb Kundanis - Book Verdict

According to 60 Minutes correspondent Wallace, "Light is the truth, heat is drama," and that is "what good journalism is all about." With this concept in mind, he and Knobel (communication & media ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

MIKE WALLACE has won nearly every prize a television journalist can, including twenty-one Emmys and three Peabodys, most of them for his work on CBS News's 60 Minutes.

BETH KNOBEL, currently teaching journalism at Fordham University, spent twenty years as a producer and reporter, including a seven-year stint as Moscow bureau chief for CBS News.

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