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Practical Newspaper Reporting, 3rd Edition by Geoffrey Harris, David Spark

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2 GATHERING THE NEWS

Every day reporters go looking for news. Newspaper columns have a relentless appetite for it; no sooner are they filled than the process starts all over again. Round the clock. Day after day. Week after week.

News can be found anywhere in a newspaper’s circulation area – and occasionally outside of it – anywhere where anything worthy of remark is happening. But it has to be organized, pursued, checked and written up in a way that makes it readable and attractive to the readers. It requires particular skills.

The news room

The heart of the news-gathering operation is the news room. Here the news editor (or chief reporter) presides over the news desk, compiling the diary of jobs, briefing reporters, monitoring the day’s (or ...

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