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Practical Newspaper Reporting

3rd Edition

By David Spark, Geoffrey Harris


272 pages

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Paperback: 9780240515113
pub: 1997-08-13
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This guide to all aspects of the reporter's job, has been extensively revised and updated for a third edition. It considers:
What is news?
How the modern newsroom operates
How facts are gathered and checked
The reporter and picture ideas
District reporting
Techniques of interviewing
News writing and newspaper language
How to summarize
Reporting the courts
Political and industrial reporting
Aspects of sportswriting
Feature writing and arts reviewing

The book also includes an important new chapter on the place of local government in newspaper coverage and it examines a newspaper's internal structure and the reporter's daily work in the light of the latest technology.

This classic textbook is a must for all journalism and media courses and offers the ideal career introduction for the young journalist.


'The book would stand on its own as a style manual - but it goes much further than that… It is very much the journalist's how-to manual.'

Table of Contents

What is news?; Gathering the news; Picture ideas; District reporting; Interviewing; News writing; Newspaper language; Reporting the courts; Reporting local government; Politics; Business and industry; Reporting religions; Some thoughts on sportswriting; Summarizing; Feature writing; Arts reviewing; Newspaper structure; Looking things up; A note on ethics; Careers in journalism; Appendices

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies