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Reporting for the Media Ninth Edition Contents Preface Chapter 1 Journalism Today Traditional Media Convergence Digital Journalism Citizen Journalism How to Train Journalists for the 21st Century Box: Mojo Journalists Chapter 2 The Basics: Format, Copyediting and AP Style Producing Copy News Story Format Copy-editing Symbols The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law Accuracy of Names and Facts Checklist for Copy Preparation The Writing Coach ? The Lucky 13 Ways to Become a Good Writer Exercises Chapter 3 Grammar and Spelling Sentence Diagram The Parts of Speech Basic Sentence Structure Active and Passive Voice Agreement Ambiguous Pronouns Plurals and Possessives ?That? and ?Which? ?Who? and ?Whom? Misplaced Modifiers Dangling Modifiers Personification Parallel Form ?Because? and ?Due To? Spelling Checklist for Grammar and Spelling Exercises Chapter 4 Newswriting Style Prewriting Simplify Words, Sentences and Paragraphs Box: Quiz Remain Objective Box: Don?t Write Like This Checklist for Newswriting Style The Writing Coach ? Find the Clear Path to Writing Glory Box: Correcting Wordy Phrases Exercises Chapter 5 Language of News The Effectiveness of Words Be Precise Use Strong Verbs Avoiding Problems in Your Writing Words to Avoid Other Problems to Avoid Checklist for the Language of News The Writing Coach ? Become a Power Lifter When Picking Verbs Exercises Chapter 6 Selecting and Reporting the News The Characteristics of News Types of News Public/Civic Journalism Applying the Principles of News Selection The Concept of Objectivity Details Newspapers Are Reluctant to Publish The Importance of Accuracy Guest Column ? Why I Stayed at a Small-Town Newspaper Exercise Chapter 7 Basic News Leads The Summary News Lead Sentence Structure in Leads Guidelines for Writing Effective Leads Avoiding Some Common Errors Apply the Guidelines to Other Kinds of Leads Checklist for Writing Leads The Writing Coach ? Oh Where, Oh Where Does the Time Element Go? Exercises Chapter 8 Alternative Leads Criticisms ?Buried? or ?Delayed? Leads Multiparagraph Leads Using Quotations Using Questions Suspenseful Leads Descriptive Leads Shockers ? Lead With a Twist Ironic Leads Direct-Address Leads Words Used in Unusual Ways Other Unusual Leads The Writing Coach ? Too Many Words Can Muddle Writing Exercises Chapter 9 The Body of a News Story The Inverted-Pyramid Style The Hourglass Style The Focus Style The Narrative Style Using Transitions Explain the Unfamiliar The Importance of Examples The Use of Description The Use of Humor The Need to Be Fair The Final Step: Edit Your Story Checklist for Writing News Stories The Writing Coach ? How to Find the Endings to Stories Exercises Chapter 10 Quotations and Attribution Quotations Blending Quotations and Narrative Attribution Box: Guidelines for Using Anonymous Sources A Memo From the Editor ? Descriptive Writing: Turning a Good Story Into a Great Story Guidelines for Capitalizing and Punctuating Quotations Checklists for Quotations and Attribution Exercises Chapter 11 Interviews Preparing for the Interview Conducting the Interview Writing the Interview Story Checklist for Interviews Exercises Chapter 12 Writing Obituaries Types of Death Reports Box: Jim Nicholson: No. 1 in Obituaries Obituary Writing Considerations Checklist for Writing Obituaries Exercises Chapter 13 Speeches and Meetings Advance Stories Covering the Speech or Meeting Follow Stories Box: Internet Brings Pornography to Children, Researcher Says Remember Your Readers Adding Color Checklists for Reporting Speeches and Meetings The Writing Coach ? Go Beyond the Stick Exercises Chapter 14 Specialized Types of Stories Brights Follow-ups Roundups Sidebars A Memo From the Editor ? History, Traditions and Culture: Old Glory and Noodle Exercises Chapter 15 Feature Stories Selecting a Topic and Gathering Information Types of Feature Stories Parts of Feature Stories Checklist for Features Stories Box: What Does It Take to Be a Top-Notch Writer? Exercises Chapter 16 Public Affairs Reporting Crime and Accidents Box: Covering the Search for a Serial Killer Local Government Courts Checklists for Public Affairs Reporting A Note About This Chapter?s Exercises The Writing Coach ? The ?Knows? Have It for Police and Court Reporters Exercises Chapter 17 Advanced Reporting Using Statistics Conducting Informal Polls Using Computers to Get Answers Converging Media Checklists for Advanced Reporting Guest Column ? Why Learn Computer-Assisted Reporting? Exercises Chapter 18 Writing for Broadcast Writing for Your Listener Writing for Your Announcer Leads for Broadcast Stories The Body of a Broadcast News Story Updating Broadcast News Stories Writing to Pictures and Audio Guidelines for Copy Preparation Editing Copy Sources for Broadcast News Broadcast Interviewing The Newsroom Environment Online News Opportunities and Challenges Checklists for Broadcast News Writing Exercises Chapter 19 The News Media and PR Practitioners What Is Public Relations? Becoming a Public Relations Practitioner Working with News Media Elements of a News Release Types of News Releases The Journalist?s Perspective: Working with Press Releases The No. 1 Problem: Lack of Newsworthiness The No. 2 Problem: Lack of Objectivity Other Problems with News Releases Some Final Guidelines Checklists for PR Practitioners Checklists for Handling News Releases Guest Column ? Anything Can Happen Exercises Chapter 20 Libel, Privacy and Newsgathering Issues Libel Box: Steps for Avoiding Libel Suits Privacy Newsgathering Issues Box: Bar-Press Guidelines Checklists Exercises Chapter 21 Ethics Media Credibility Ethical Decision-Making Ethics Issues Box: How to Get Information Out of Sources Without Cozying Up Codes of Ethics Checklist for Improving Media Credibility A Memo From the Editor ? Some Thoughts on Plagiarism Exercises Chapter 22 Becoming a Professional A Journalist?s Attributes Be the Applicant Who Gets Hired The Industry Needs More Women and Minorities Freelance Writing Checklist for Finding the Right Journalism Job Appendix A City Directory Appendix B The Associated Press Stylebook Appendix C Rules for Forming Possessives Appendix D Answer Keys Credit Lines Index
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Reporters and reporting -- Problems, exercises, etc.