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1st Edition

News Production
Theory and Practice

ISBN 9780415371414
Published November 27, 2006 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

Bringing to the forefront a much-needed book that bridges the gap between journalistic theory and practice, Sarah Niblock and David Machin provide here an invaluable real-life account of reporting in the context of contemporary newsrooms.

Providing eight detailed ethnographies of eight different news production settings, News Production includes individual chapters that follow two news workers through their daily routines, detailing the exact nature of their jobs.

It provides students with:

  • case studies to compare to their own experiences
  • concrete examples to consolidate their skill-based training
  • questions to raise about their placements
  • information on how to prepare reports
  • constraints they may encounter, and how to deal with them. 

With chapters including ‘News Agencies’, ‘The Roving Reporter’, ‘Photojournalism’ and ‘The New Reporter Learning the Ropes’, for anyone taking practical units in news reporting, sub-editing, and law and ethics, News Production will provide them with all the information they need to succeed in this hectic, competitive and exciting world.

Table of Contents

1. News Journalism: Bridging the Theory Practice Divide  2. Analyzing News Output  3. News Values for Consumer Groups  4. News Beats and Collecting News  5. Conflict Reporting and Propaganda  6. Humanitarian Reporting  7. Visual Journalism: Reading the Re-Designs  8. The Best Job in the World  9. Conclusion

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'The book is written in clear and accessible language and includes a wide range of references ... this book is recommended for the media library and for the teacher's shelf. It will provide stimulating material for getting students interested in news.' - Media Education Association