News gathering is a large, complicated and often messy task that has traditionally been viewed by journalists as irretrievably idiosyncratic, best learned through trial and error. Advanced Reporting takes the opposite approach, focusing on reporting as a process of triangulation based on three essential activities: analyzing documents, making observations and conducting interviews. In this readable book, veteran journalism professor Miles Maguire shows how the best reporters use these three tools in a way that allows them to cross-check and authenticate facts, to reduce or eliminate unsupportable allegations and to take readers and viewers to a deeper level of insight and understanding.
This book will help to prepare students for a profession marked by increasing complexity and competition. To succeed in this environment, journalists must learn to make the most of digital media to intensify the impact of their work. At the same time, reporters must contend with a host of sophisticated public relations techniques while engaging with news audiences that no longer just consume journalism, but also collaborate in its creation. Discussion questions and exercises help students put theory into practice.
"To those who say great reporting is all about innate skills, Miles Maguire offers a powerful and practical rebuke. Advanced Reporting breaks down the basic elements of journalism, walks us through real-life examples, and guides us on a clear path to the critical thinking where all good reporting begins. It is deeply researched and thoughtfully presented, and will lead journalists of the future well beyond the usual "how to" texts on reporting."
—Ann Cooper, Columbia Journalism School
"Advanced Reporting is an important contribution to our understanding of journalistic practice in our globalized and digital world. All journalists, people who want to be journalists and people who teach and research journalism who are serious about their trade should read this book."
—Leon Barkho, Jönköping University, Sweden
Part I: The Elements of Reporting 1. Connecting the DOT 2. Defining News 3. Digging Into Documents 4. The Eyes Have It 5. Talking Your Way to the Story Part II: From Principle to Practice 6. Getting Started 7. The Journalistic Core 8. Specialized Topics 9. Specialized Forms 10. Enterprise Reporting Part III: 21st Century News Reporting 11. Technology 12. Public Relations and News Management 13. Journalism That Makes a Difference