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Dynamics of News Reporting and Writing
Foundational Skills for a Digital Age

Experience with SAGE edge


January 2018 | 360 pages | CQ Press
 
Chapter 1. Audience-Centric Journalism
Thinking ahead: Understand your audience  
Media and media users today  
Defining your audience  
What do we owe our audience?  
What attracts an audience?  
 
Chapter 2. Critical Thinking
Thinking ahead: How to fully "get" a story  
How do we think?  
The requirements of critical thought  
How to approach a story as a critical thinker  
Critical thought and the value of your questions  
 
Chapter 3. Basics of Writing
Thinking ahead: Writing for a newsletter  
A quick look at types of leads  
Identifying problematic leads and potential fixes  
The Inverted Pyramid : Ordering information after the lead  
Quotes: Letting your sources tell the story  
Attributing your information  
 
Chapter 4. Expanding News Writing
Thinking Ahead: Learning to break the rules of writing  
Expanding the Inverted Pyramid  
Writing with a narrative feel  
Non-linear storytelling  
 
Chapter 5. Social Media
Thinking Ahead: Rethinking how to reach readers  
What is social media?  
Value of social media  
Social Media tools for your toolbox  
Blogging  
 
Chapter 6. Interviewing
Thinking Ahead: Avoiding the awkwardness while speaking to others  
Critically thinking about interviewing's purpose  
Understanding the interviewing basics  
Types of interviews  
Other purposes for interviews  
 
Chapter 7. Basic Reporting: News that finds you
Thinking Ahead: Getting ready to hit the field  
Reporting Basics  
Event Coverage  
Basic tips for all event stories  
Stories beyond standard events  
 
Chapter 8. Beyond basic reporting: News you have to find
Thinking Ahead: How to find bigger stories that matter  
The news feature: How to find stories in everyday life  
Beat Reporting  
Personality Profiles  
Working as a watchdog  
 
Chapter 9. Broadcasting-style Writing and Voicing
Thinking Ahead: Writing scripts and building stories  
Broadcast style: Different, yet the same  
Script Writing 101  
The basic elements of broadcast structure  
Story types and formats  
 
Chapter 10. Collecting Audio and Visuals in the Field
Thinking Ahead: How to get enough material to build a good story  
Tools of the trade  
Types of material you gather  
Capturing vivid visuals  
Making your video valuable  
 
Chapter 11. Audio-Visual Editing
Thinking Ahead: Editing your raw material into a polished gem  
Audio bites online  
Video bites online  
Pairing scrit and video  
Building a story from start to finish  
 
Chapter 12. Law
Thinking Ahead: The law is your friend  
Understanding the First Amendment  
Law across media: What platforms get what protection  
Reporter's Privilege  
Let the sunshine in: Rules for transparency and access  
Rules for Recording  
The basics of libel  
Definition of libel  
Defenses against libel  
Invasion of privacy  
 
Chapter 13. Ethics
Thinking Ahead: Just because you can, it doesn't mean you should  
Why ethics matter  
Basic approaches to ethics  
Tenets of Journalistic Ethics  

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  • Newswriting Assignments enable students to broaden their reporting skills and practice writing.
  • AP Style Quizzes and Exercises test your students' knowledge of AP style and provide opportunities for them to practice writing in this style.     
  • Video and multimedia links appeal to diverse learners.
  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring your courses.
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter is included. 
Student Site

SAGE edge for Students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment.

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts.
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material.
  • Newswriting Assignments enable students to broaden their reporting skills and practice writing.
  • AP Style Quizzes and Exercises test your students’ knowledge of AP style and provide opportunities for them to practice writing in this style. 
  • Video and multimedia links appeal to diverse learners.    
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter is included. 

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ISBN: 9781506344744