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The Ethics of the Story : Using Narrative Techniques Responsibly in Journalism - David Craig

The Ethics of the Story

Using Narrative Techniques Responsibly in Journalism

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Published: 19th July 2013
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The best journalists are masters at their craft. With a comma and a colon, a vivid verb and a colorful adjective, they not only convey important information but also create a sense of place and evoke powerful emotions. A compelling story can shape for good or ill the way a reader understands people, events, and issues. The Ethics of the Story examines the ethical implications of narrative techniques commonly used in journalism, not just literary journalism but also news and feature writing. The book draws on interviews with 60 talented journalists, including Pulitzer Prize winners, to offer practical advice about ethical choices in writing and editing. Much has been written about journalism ethics, but the discussion has often focused on spectacularly bad decisions such as Jayson Blair s and Jack Kelley s use of fraudulent narrative rather than the ethical dimension of day-to-day choices about the building blocks of journalistic storytelling. The Ethics of the Story fills a gap in current work on ethics, writing, and editing. It will enlighten any serious wordsmith with a story to tell.

Introduction. Ethics paragraph by paragraph -- ch. 1. The power and ethics of the story -- ch. 2. Anecdotes -- ch. 3. Description and attribution -- ch. 4. Quotes and paraphrasing -- ch. 5. Word choice, labeling, and bias -- ch. 6. Interpretation and analysis -- ch. 7. Voice -- ch. 8. The big picture.

ISBN: 9780742578906
ISBN-10: 0742578909
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 19th July 2013
Publisher: University Press of America