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

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10 POLITICS

Opportunities for political stories arise at all levels, from local ward organizations to the House of Commons. It is unlikely that one reporter will have to cover all stages but it is extremely likely he or she will cover individual stories from each level at various times.

A brief summary of political parties’ structure and procedure is given on pages 13943. Local circumstances will inevitably affect the amount of news which can be wrung from them. In some areas a party committee will have nothing to do with the press, regarding its affairs as private. In other areas the equivalent committee sends in reports of its meetings and its officers feed stories to the local reporter.

There is little standardization. A lot depends on personalities ...

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