Reporting in a Multimedia World
An introduction to core journalism skills
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Every journalist must be able to conduct an interview and write snappy copy. No matter what field they are working in journalists also need to be able to wield a digital recorder, take photographs, talk to camera convincingly and create content for online delivery.
Reporting in a Multimedia World offers a thorough overview of the core skills journalists need for the 21st century. The authors show how to generate story ideas, handle interviews, write for different audiences, and edit your own copy. They explain the basics of news photography and broadcast media, the requirements of different digital platforms and the challenges of user generated content. They also look at professional issues: the use of social media by journalists, legal and ethical issues, and career strategies.
Thoroughly revised to reflect the rapid changes in media as a result of digital technologies, and written in a lively style with case studies and tips from experienced journalists, Reporting in a Multimedia World is an ideal introduction to an exciting and demanding profession.
Table of Contents
Part I: News - people and institutions
1. The newsroom
2. The audience
3. The watchdogs
Part II: The raw material
4. Sources of news
Part III: News-gathering
5. Generating news stories
6. The rounds
7. Legal and ethical issues
9. Working with numerical information
Part IV: News writing
10. The news story structure
11. News writing - guidelines
12. News writing - grammar
Part V: Putting it all together
13. Writing the news story
14. Feature stories
15. News photography
16. Working with video and audio
17. Working on air and on camera
Part VI: Professional options
18. The career path
BARBARA ALYSEN is a senior lecturer in Journalism at the University of Western Sydney and author of The Electronic Reporter. MANDY OAKHAM is a senior lecturer in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT and editor of Don't Bury the Lead. ROGER PATCHING is Adjunct Associate Professor of Journalism at Bond University and co-author of Journalism Ethics. GAIL SEDORKIN is a features journalist for The Cairns Post, teaches at James Cook University, and is the author of Interviewing.
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