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Universal Journalist

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ISBN-10: 0745316417

ISBN-13: 9780745316413

Edition: 2nd 2000

Authors: David Randall

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Description:

Good journalists share a common commitment to the search for truth, often in far from ideal circumstances. With this assertion, the author emphasises that good journalism isn't just about objectives, but also the range of skills involved.
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Book details

List price: $20.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 7/20/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792

David Randall is professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University.

Acknowledgements
Preface
What Makes A Good Reporter?
Attitudes
Character
A great reporter
The Limitations of Journalism
Owners' priorities
The journalistic culture
Readers' values
What Is News?
What is news?
News values
News value factors
A sliding scale for stories
Where Do Good Stories Come From?
The habits of successful reporters
Non-obvious sources
News editors
Stories that good reporters avoid
Research
What you should be looking for
Where to get it
Researching online
Printed sources
Research as a foreign correspondent
Handling Sources, Not Them Handling You
Guidelines for dealing with any source
Official sources
Handling unauthorised sources
Unattributable sources 'off the record'
Getting too close to sources
Questioning
How to approach people
The most useful questions in journalism
Questioning uneasy sources
Questioning elusive, evasive and hostile sources
Questioning by email
Press conferences
Celebrity interviews
Reporting Numbers and Statistics
Questioning data
Averages
Distribution
Percentages
Per head
Surveys
Opinion polls
Correlation
Projections
Real versus apparent rise
Investigative Reporting
What is investigative reporting?
Productive areas to investigate
Investigative reporting skills
How to run investigative operations
How To Cover Major Incidents
How to make sure your coverage of a disaster doesn't turn into one
Death tolls
The death call
All reporters are tough, aren't they?
Mistakes, Corrections and Hoaxes
Mistakes
How should you respond to mistakes?
Great newspaper hoaxes
Ethics
General guidelines
Grey areas
Writing for Newspapers
Planning
Clarity
Fresh language
Honesty
Precision
Suitability
Efficiency
Revision
The joys of writing
Intros
How to write sharp intros
Hard news approach
Other approaches
A word about feature intros
Construction and Description
Construction guidelines
Analysing story structures
Payoffs
Attribution
Description
Handling Quotes
When do you use quotes?
Accuracy
Efficiency
Attributing quotes
Inventing quotes
Different Ways To Tell A Story
Different approaches
How to write everything from a fly-on-the-wall piece to a backgrounder
Comment, Intentional and Otherwise
Comment in news stories
The big I
Political correctness
Analysis
Leaders or editorial opinion pieces
Columnists
Obituaries
Reviews
How To Be A Great Reporter
Hard work
The application of intelligence
Intellectual courage
Meticulousness
Consuming appetite for books
A good knowledge of journalism's past
Obsessive nature
Reading for Journalists
Index