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Journalism Workbook

Book Description

Using practical assignments, the authors take each area of journalism, and demonstrate the world which awaits journalists in the early years of their careers.


Each of the assignments spins off a number of tasks which are presented to the reader in the form of briefings, and can be used as a basis for further study. Notes and references are provided with each of the tasks to guide the student and help them understand fully each area of practice. There are also exercises on page planning and design. Workshop projects and study programmes outline ways in which students and trainees in groups or singly can analyse newspaper content, build up readership profiles and consider different methods of practice, social and political attitudes to the media, press regulations and press economics. This book will also be an invaluable purchase for students using distance learning packs.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. List of Illustrations
  8. Introduction
  9. Chapter 1 Reporting
    1. News gathering
    2. news writing
    3. weddings
    4. funeral reports
    5. making cais
    6. handouts
    7. speeches
    8. the unexpected
    9. local talking points
    10. local government
    11. industrial reporting,
    12. court reporting
    13. set-piece interviews
    14. off-beat stories
    15. reading your own newspaper
    16. periodicals and magazines
    17. checklist for reporters news gathering and news writing
    18. references and further reading
  10. Chapter 2 Feature writing (general)
    1. Backgrounders
    2. spin-ofifs/follow-ups
    3. interview features and profiles
    4. seasonal features
    5. opinion pieces
    6. formula and how-to articles
    7. references and further reading
  11. Chapter 3 Feature writing (specialisms)
    1. Service columns
    2. personal columns
    3. arts reviews
    4. ‘our special correspondent’
    5. structure and style in feature writing
    6. references and further reading
  12. Chapter 4 Photojournalism
    1. Features
    2. person shots
    3. organizing
    4. shopping
    5. fashion photography
    6. Royals visits
    7. court coverage
    8. picture editing
    9. references and further reading
  13. Chapter 5 Subediting
    1. Running stories
    2. soft sell
    3. features subbing
    4. showbiz gossip
    5. blurbs and standfirsts
    6. reader participation
    7. headline writing
    8. references and further reading
  14. Chapter 6 Page planning and design
    1. Type
    2. quality newspapers
    3. weekly papers
    4. magazine and periodical design
    5. checklist for assignments
    6. references and further reading
  15. Chapter 7 Workshop projects
    1. Reading and cutting
    2. contents analysis
    3. investigative projects
    4. group publications
    5. media debates
    6. visiting experts
  16. Chapter 8 Study programmes
    1. Situationers
    2. media research papers
    3. seminars
    4. references and further reading
  17. Chapter 9 Marking and assessment
    1. Reporting: news gathering
    2. news writing Feature writing Photojournalism: photographic skills
    3. editorial skills Subediting: features subbing
    4. accuracy
    5. cutting
    6. collating
    7. legality
    8. headline writing Planning and design Workshop projects Study programmes References and farther reading
  18. Chapter 10 Resources
    1. Official information
    2. libraries
    3. printed sources
    4. databases
  19. Appendix Professional organizations
    1. Bibliography
    2. Reference
    3. General
    4. Textbooks
    5. Media periodicals
    6. Practical guides
    7. National Union of journalists’ Code of Conduct
    8. Press Complaints Commissions’s Code of Practice
  20. Glossary
  21. Index