2nd Edition

Reporting in a Multimedia World An introduction to core journalism skills

By Gail Sedorkin Copyright 2012
    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.



    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

    8. Interviewing

    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.

    'Theoretical and practical aspects of journalism are perfectly matched, making it an invaluable resource for students and teachers alike.' - Padma Iyer in AsiaPacific MediaEducator