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1st Edition

The 21st Century Journalism Handbook
Essential Skills for the Modern Journalist

ISBN 9781405846325
Published September 24, 2012 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

Set against the background of the fundamental issues facing the industry today, The 21st Century Journalism Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the core principles and practices essential to the modern journalist.  Convergence, online, the growth of magazine formats, challenges presented by technology and new demands in news and feature writing are all covered from conceptual and practical perspectives. A thorough grounding in the key debates and techniques is provided; while clear, no-nonsense practical advice helps you develop your journalism skills and make a success of your studies and career.  

Key Features:

  • A combination of professional insight, academic study and practical exercises allows you to develop at your own pace
  • Thinking it through activities at the end of each chapter allow you to think over the topics discussed and to think about how you could apply these skills
  • Case studies and Closer Look boxes explore real-life examples in more depth
  • Key points to remember and chapter summaries highlight the essential things you need to know
  • Comprehensive but digestible coverage of the key elements of ethics, regulation and law ensures you are fully equipped with the essential frameworks for informed practice

With an emphasis on developing the ‘whole journalist’, a creative and visual reporter who can think across different platforms, this text is ideal for all for journalism students training in newspapers, magazines and online reporting.

Table of Contents

1. Structure of the industry  2. Researching  3. News writing  4. Feature writing  5. Production  6. Sub editing  7. Specialist journalists  8. Convergence  9. Law, regulation and ethics  10.  Working as a journalist 


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Tim Holmes has a background in magazine journalism and publishing. He is Director of Curriculum Development (Practice) at Cardiff University's School of Journalism where he also co-ordinates the postgraduate magazine programmes.?

Sara Hadwin is a former editor of newspapers, magazines and news websites, now teaching international news production, media law and the business of journalism at Cardiff University.

Glyn Mottershead is a former newspaper reporter, feature writer, subeditor and production journalist teaching digital journalism, print production and reporting skills at Cardiff University.