Because reporting is changing, this volume offers readers a thorough introduction to the rapidly evolving world of gathering information for local news organizations. This easy-to-read text is filled with contemporary examples and solid advice for the beginning reporting student. Designed for students with a foundation in news writing, it provides chapters on such basics as news research, interviewing, and observation skills. It further offers a chapter on the use of personal computers as research and reporting tools. Readers will find useful tips and examples written by award-winning professional journalists that reflect the numerous changes in the art and science of information gathering in the past decade.
Table of Contents
Contents: M. Foley, Foreword. Preface Part I: Introduction to Reporting. Life in the Newsroom. General Assignment and Beat Reporting. Developing and Using Sources. Part II: Reporting Techniques. Background: Researching News Stories. Computer Databases and Document Searching. Interviewing Basics. Interviewing for Television and Radio. Observation Skills. Press Conferences, Hearings, Meetings, Conventions. Part III: Reporting Regulation and Controls. Law Affecting Reporting. News Reporting Ethics. Appendices: Confidential Sources and Anonymity. Public Information Policy. A Writer's Bookshelf From the Orlando Sentinel. Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists. Code of Broadcast News Ethics of the Radio-Television News Directors Association.
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School of Mass Communication, Bowling Green State University