Introduction to Professional Newswriting: Reporting for the Modern Media

Front Cover
Longman, Aug 1, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 462 pages
0 Reviews
This carefully structured and student oriented text, written by a professional with years of classroom experience, is a comprehensive step-by-step guide to becoming a professional news writer. Through comprehensive chapters and student exercises, it demonstrates how to look at events and facts, select the most crucial elements, and convey this information in the direct, unambiguous language that is the hallmark of good newspaper writing - and the foundation for writing in broadcasting, public relations, and advertising.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

The Professional Context
1
THE INFLUENCE OF AUDIENCE NEEDS
12
SUMMARY CHECKLIST
21
Exercises
24
Exercises 183
29
Your Newswriter Tools
31
WRITING TECHNIQUES THE PROS USE
39
SUMMARY CHECKLIST
56
TRACKING AND INTERPRETING INDICATORS
270
THE EARNINGS REPORT
277
Exercises
284
GETTING STARTED IN SCIENCE NEWS
294
RECOMMENDED READING 362
301
More Than
304
KEEP YOUR FOCUS ON PEOPLE
313
GETTING STARTED IN SPORTS WRITING
319

Lean
65
AVOID THEM LIKE THE PLAGUE
71
NOTES
76
Building Your Personal Writing Style
87
CHOOSING YOUR STORY STRUCTURE AND LEAD
94
SUMMARY CHECKLIST
106
HINTS ON HANDLING THE WHEN ELEMENT
120
THE YOU LEAD
132
KEEPING THE WHAT STRAIGHT
149
CLARITY
162
Chapter Seven Constructing the Bridge of Confidence
172
QUOTING SURVEYS AND DOCUMENTS
180
ALWAYS DOUBLECHECK FACTS
190
RECOMMENDED READING
196
How You Get Published
203
THE NEWSROOM PROCESS
209
SUCCEEDING IN AN INTERVIEW
215
SPOTTING NEWS AND FOLLOWING THE PAPER TRAIL
221
SUMMARY CHECKLIST
231
THE SEMINARDEBATE STORY
244
Exercises
256
READING DISTANT SIGNALS FOR LOCAL IMPACT
264
Exercises
325
HIGHLIGHTING IMPORTANT ANGLES
333
POLLS AND MAKING NEWS
342
Exercises
348
YOU AND YOUR BROADCAST AUDIENCE
354
PREPARING BROADCAST COPY
364
SUMMARY CHECKLIST
370
Chapter Fifteen Press Law and You
377
ADDITIONAL ISSUES IN PRESS LAW
387
RECOMMENDED READING
390
THE BEGINNING
396
WRITING WITH HONESTY
403
SUMMARY CHECKLIST
414
Writing for Public
421
GENERAL WRITING GUIDELINES
427
SUMMARY CHECKLIST
432
LEARN TO HANDLE A JOB INTERVIEW
442
Exercises
445
NAME INDEX
455
Standard Editing Marks
462
Copyright

Other editions - View all

About the author (1997)

Conrad C. Fink is professor of journalism at the University of Georgia.

Bibliographic information