Telling the Story The Convergence of Print, Broadcast and Online Media

ISBN-10: 0312554303
ISBN-13: 9780312554309
Edition: 4th 2009
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Book details

List price: $70.99
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 8/6/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Out of the prestigious Missouri School of Journalism, the world's first journalism school, and from the Missouri Group comes the fourth edition ofTelling the Story. Praised for its concise, straightforward approach, the book teaches students the bedrocks of good journalism from beat reporting, conducting interviews, and strong writing to the unchanging goals of fairness, accuracy and ethics acrossallmedia, print, broadcast, and online. At the same time,Telling the Storyprepares students for the ongoing changes in today's converged newsrooms with the most up-to-date information and guidelines on new trends and technologies from blogging to podcasting to syndicated newsfeeds.

Journalism and Journalists
The Nature of News
Convergence in Journalism What News Is
News Emphasis in Different Media
Citizen Journalism
The Role of Journalism and the Challenges it Faces
The Public's View of the News Media
Principles of Journalism Today
Accuracy, Fairness and the Problem of Objectivity
"Just the Facts"
On the Job: A Career Crosses Media Lines
Accuracy
Fairness
Bias
Objectivity
Suggested Readings
Suggested Web Sites
Exercises
Redefining News: Citizen Journalism and Convergence
The Changing Face of Journalism Citizen Journalism
The Public Drives Change
How Important Is Verification?
Citizen Journalism: Here to Stay
The Coming of Web 2.0
Forms of Citizen Journalism
Managing the Change
Convergence
Different News Rooms, Different Skills
Why Convergence?
On the Job: Persistence Pays Off
Traditional Media: Where Are They Headed?
On the Job: Editing Online News
Journalism Jobs
Suggested Readings
Suggested Web Sites
Exercises
Reporting Tools
Interviewing
Building Trust Preparing for the Interview
The News Story
On the Job: Getting the Interview
The Profile
The Investigative Piece
Gathering Information
Requesting an Interview
Broadcast Interviews
Telephone and E-Mail Interviews
Setting up the Interview
Preparing Questions
Researching Questions
Phrasing Questions
Open-Ended Questions
Closed-Ended Questions
Interview Approaches
Ensuring Accuracy
Taking Notes
Observing
Understanding What You Hear
Asking Follow-Up Questions
Pacing the Interview
Ending the Interview
What to Quote Directly
Unique Material
The Memorable Expression
Important Quotes by Important People
Quoting Accurately
Verification
Correcting Grammar in Quotations
Suggested Readings
Suggested Web Sites
Exercises
Gathering and Verifying Information
Acccurate Information: The Basis of A Good Story
The Discipline of Multiple Sources
The Discipline of Verification
Computerized Sources of Information
Your News Library: The Place to Start
On the Job: News Is Information
Search Engines
News Sites, Portals and Content Aggregators
Other Sites on the World Wide Web
Commercial Database Services
Government Databases
Special-Interest Databases
CD-ROMs and DVDs
Self-Constructed Databases
Traditional Sources of Information
The Newspaper Library
Other Traditional Sources
Suggested Readings
Suggested Web Sites
Exercises
Reporting with Numbers
Proportion
Percentages and Percentage Change
Averages and Medians
Rates
Interest and Compounding
Inflation
Taxes
Sales Taxes
Income Taxes
Property Taxes
Budgets
On the Job: Working with Numbers
Budget Basics
Finding Stories in Budget Changes, Trends and Comparisons
Financial Reports
Making Sense of Numbers from Polls
Mixing Numbers and Words
Currency Exchange
Suggested Readings
Suggested Web Sites
Exercises
Storytelling
The Inverted Pyramid
Importance of the Inverted Pyramid Story Finding the Lead
Writing the Inverted Pyramid Lead
Emphasizing Different News Values
What? So What? and What's Next?
Variations on the Inverted Pyramid Lead
The "You" Lead
The Immediate-Identification Lead
The Delayed-Identification Lead
On the Job: Inverted Pyramid-A Basic Tool
The Summary Lead
The Multiple-Element
Leads with Flair
Story Organization
The One-Subject Story
The Multiple-Element Story
Checking Accuracy and Attributions
Ensuring Accuracy
How and When to Attribute
Primary Sources
Witnesses
Opinions
Transparency
Suggested Readings
Suggested Web Sites
Exercises
Beyond the Inverted Pyramid
The Techniques of Narration
Vivid Scenes
Dialogue
Foreshadowing
Anecdotes
The News Narrative Structure
The Focus Structure
Writing the Lead
On the Job: Tips for Writing
Finishing the Set-up
Add the Transition and the Nut Paragraph
Add Foreshadowing
Add the "So What"
Add the "To Be Sure"
Writing the Body
Writing the Ending
Writing for Blogs
Service Journalism
Suggested Readings
Suggested Web Sites
Exercises
Covering and Writing News
Speeches, News Conferences and Meetings
Your Preparation
Preparing for the Speech Story
Preparing for the News Conference Story
Preparing for the Meeting Story
Covering the Story
Be Thorough and Accurate
Be Thoughtful and Observant
Writing the Story
Writing the Speech Story
Writing the News Conference Story
On the Job: Speeches, News Conferences and Meetings
Writing the Meeting Story
Suggested Readings
Suggested Web Sites
Exercises
Other Types of Basic Stories
The Value of Experience your Preparation
Preparing for an Obituary or Life Story
Preparing for a Crime Story
Preparing for Accident and Fire Stories
Preparing for a Court Story
Writing an Obituary or Life Story
Creating a Lead
Building the Story
On the Job: Focus on a Dream
Choosing Your Words
Giving Cause of Death
Handling Embarrassing Information
Writing A Crime Story
The Chronologically Ordered Story
On the Job: Lessons of the Police Beat
The Sidebar Story
The Inverted Pyramid Account
Writing Accident and Fire Stories
The Scene of an Accident
The First Story
The Follow-up Story
The Scene of a Fire
Getting Information
Doing Follow-up Interviews
Writing A Court Story
Avoiding Libelous Statements
Continuing Coverage of the Prosecution
A Typical First Story
Follow-up Story: First Court Appearance
Follow-up Story: Preliminary Hearing
Follow-up Story: Arraignment
Follow-up Story: First Day of the Trial
Follow-up Story: Trial Testimony
Follow-up Story: Verdict
The Free-Press/Fair-Trial Controversy
Suggested Readings
Suggested Web Sites
Exercises
Beat Reporting
Beat Reporting in the 21st Century Principles for Reporters on A Beat
Be Prepared
Reading for Background
Identifying Sources
Establishing Relationships with Sources
Be Alert
Be Persistent
Insisting on a Responsive Answer
Following Up Slow Developments
Be There
Maintaining Your Connections with Sources
Ensuring Accuracy
On the Job: Newer, Faster, Better
Be Wary
Converged Coverage
Covering the Most Important
Local Beats
Information Is Power
The Budget Is the Blueprint
Distributing Power and Money Is Politics
City and County Government
Subordinate Administrators
Council Members
Pressure Groups
Public Citizens
Opponents
Education
The Schools
Colleges and Universities
The Police Beat
The Courts
Court Records
Human Sources
Lawyers
Judges
Other Court Functionaries
The Environment, Science and Medicine
Learning the Beat
Finding Stories
Dealing with Special Issues
Sports
Looking Beyond the Clich�©s

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