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

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January 2018 | 344 pages | CQ Press

“This book is an exceptional introduction into the world of journalistic writing and editing. The author turns the material into a discussion, allowing students to better grasp the concepts at hand.”  
Dante Mozie, South Carolina State University

Journalists in today’s media environment require a skill set that can be adapted to a variety of media. Dynamics of News Reporting and Writing: Foundational Skills for a Digital Age teaches students the foundational skills they need to successfully report and write the news in an evolving digital landscape. Author Vince F. Filak offers guidance on the essential skills of the industry while weaving in the “how-to’s” of writing digital news. Recognizing that well-crafted stories are founded on sharp prose, this new text covers the foundational elements of newswriting, such as lead writing, structure, and storytelling while also teaching students how to think critically and determine what matters most to their readers.

Visit the author’s blog at www.DynamicsofWriting.com to get tips for teaching the course, industry related news, sample exercises & assignments, & more! 

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Chapter 1. Audience-Centric Journalism
Thinking Ahead: Understand Your Audience  
Media and Media Users Today  
Consider This: A Media Diet: Audience Wants Versus Audience Needs  
Defining Your Audience  
Helpful Hints: Demographic, Psychographic and Geographic Information on Your Readers  
Thoughts from a Pro: Erik Petersen  
What Do We Owe Our Audience?  
What Attracts An Audience?  
The Big Three  
 
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  
Helpful Hints: The Topeka Test  
Critical Thought and the Value of Your Questions  
Thoughts from a Pro: Jill Geisler  
Consider This: Fast Food News  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 3. Basics of Writing
Thinking Ahead: Writing for a Newsreader  
What Matters Most?  
How Does This Affect Me as a Reader?  
Helpful Hints: Building a Lead from the Inside Out  
A Quick look at Types of Leads  
Identifying Problematic Leads and Potential Fixes  
Thoughts from a Pro: Janelle Cogan  
The Inverted Pyramid: Ordering Information After the Lead  
Helpful Hints: The 5-Minute AP Style Guide  
Quotes: Letting Your Sources Tell the Story  
Consider This: The Cases for and Against Fixing Quotes  
Attributing Your Information  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 4. Expanding News Writing
Thinking Ahead: Learning to Break the Rules of Writing  
Expanding the Inverted Pyramid  
Thoughts from a Pro: Tony Rehagen  
Writing With a Narrative Feel  
Helpful Hints: Secondary Senses: Smelling, Feeling  
Nonlinear Storytelling  
Consider This: The "Web as Buffet" Approach  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 5. Social Media
Thinking Ahead: Rethinking How to Reach Readers  
What is Social Media?  
Helpful Hints: How to Build an Audience  
Value of Social Media  
Thoughts from a Pro: Mac Slavin  
Social Media Tools for Your Toolbox  
Helpful Hints: How to Tweets as a Reporter  
Consider This: How to Fight Fake News in the Facebook Era  
Blogging  
Helpful Hints: How Best to Use Social Media for Your Audience  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 6. Interviewing
Thinking Ahead: Avoiding the Awkwardness While Speaking to Others  
Critically Thinking About Interviewing's Purpose  
Consider This: Email Interviews  
Helpful Hints: Identifying and Fixing Problems With Your Questions  
Helpful Hints: On-the-Record and Off-the-Record Interviewing  
Types of Interviews  
Helpful Hints: 32 Obituaries in a College Campus Newspaper  
Other Purposes for Interviews  
Thoughts from a Pro: Pat Borzi  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 7. Basic Reporting: News That Finds You
Thinking Ahead: Getting Ready to Hit the Field  
Reporting Basics  
Consider This: Is Objectivity Dead?  
Event Coverage  
Helpful Hints: Gathering Quotes at Public Events  
Basic Tips for All Event Stories  
Thoughts from a Pro: Ryan Wood  
Stories Beyond Standard Events  
The Big Three  
 
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  
Helpful Hints: Ways to Find Stories  
Beat Reporting  
Helpful Hints: Three Big Tips for Succeeding on a Beat  
Thoughts from a Pro: Jaimi Dowdell  
Personality Profiles  
Working as a Watchdog  
Consider This: Is the Big Story Worth It?  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 9. Broadcast-Style Writing and Voicing
Thinking Ahead: Writing Scripts and Building Stories  
Broadcast Style: Different, Yet the Same  
Thoughts from a Pro: Lauren Leamanczyk  
Script Writing 101  
Helpful Hints: Understanding Broadcast Vocabulary  
The Basic Elements of Broadcast Structure  
Helpful Hints: Tips for Writing Scripts  
Story Types and Formats  
Consider This: The Use of "You"  
The Big Three  
 
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  
Consider This: The Smartphone- The Amphicar of Journalism  
Types of Material You Gather  
Helpful Hints: Basic Types of Shots  
Capturing Vivid Visuals  
Helpful Hints: Captions Count  
Thoughts from a Pro: Brian Urbanek  
Making Your Video Valuable  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 11. Editing Audio and Video
Thinking Ahead: Editing Your Raw Material Into a Polished Gem  
Audio Bites Online  
Video Bites Online  
Helpful Hints: Identifying Problematic Video  
Pairing Script and Video  
Consider This: Using Raw Video  
Building a Story From Start to Finish  
Helpful Hints: When to Use Each Shot in Your Story  
Thoughts from a Pro: Brandon Kinnard  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 12. Law and the Media
Thinking Ahead: The Law Is Your Friend  
Understanding the First Amendment  
Law Across Media: Levels of Protection  
Reporter's Privilege  
Let the Sunshine In: Rules for Transparency and Access  
Thoughts from a Pro: Charles Davis  
Rules for Recording  
The Basics of Libel  
Helpful Hints: When Someone Tells You, "I Don't Like This! I'm Suing You!"  
Defenses Against Libel  
Helpful Hints: Understanding Fault and Damage  
Invasion of Privacy  
Consider This: Drones: Journalism Future or Journalism Fad?  
The Big Three  
 
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  
Consider This: The Trouble With Twitter: Journalists as Private Citizens  
Thoughts from a Pro: Andrew Seaman  
Accountability  
The Big Three  

Supplements

Instructor Teaching site

SAGE edge for Instructors, supports your teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students.

  • 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. 

Dynamics for News Reporting and Writing is a compelling text incorporating up-to-date information in a very readable, student-friendly format. It is well worth review when considering new texts for a journalism course.”

Stephanie Reese Masson
Northwestern State University

“A comprehensive and conversational look at what every beginning journalist needs to know in the quickly changing media environment.” 

Terry Heifetz
Ball State University

Dynamics for News Reporting and Writing provides a resource for professionals and students of journalism alike that engages readers to become active participants through digital and real-world examples/lessons. The text encourages readers to perform exceptional journalistic work while providing the background theory and concepts required to be successful in this competitive industry.” 

Rheanna R. Rutledge
NOVA Southeastern University

“This book is an exceptional introduction into the world of journalistic writing and editing. The author turns the material into a discussion, allowing students to better grasp the concepts at hand.”  

Dante Mozie
South Carolina State University

“This book is representative of the skills students should have when they go into their first internship or job.” 

Wendy M. Whitt
University of South Florida
Key features

KEY FEATURES:  

  • An audience-centric approach encourages students to reflect on why and how news is relevant to the lives of their readers before they even start digging into their stories.
  • “Write Now! Exercises” provide students with an opportunity to immediately practice the writing skills required in today’s newsroom.
  • “Consider This” debates spark classroom discussions by asking students to take a closer look at a current issue or ideological dilemma and make a valid case for their position.  
  • “Thoughts from a Pro” offer students an up-close look at a specific aspect of reporting and writing from a professional who is plying their trade each day.
  • “Helpful Hints” give students ways to provide vocabulary lists, short-cut options, and other tips to immediately improve a piece of copy.
  • “Think Ahead” discussions at the beginning of each chapter act as a roadmap to help students work through the chapter content.
  • “The Big Three” summaries ensure students take three crucial ideas with them as they move on to the next chapter.
  • “Discussion Questions” at the end of each chapter promote a broader understanding of the content based on varied interpretations of the students.
  • The author’s blog at www.DynamicsofWriting.com offers tips for teaching the course, industry related news, sample exercises & assignments, & more!




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