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Getting the Whole Story : Reporting and Writing the News - Cheryl Gibbs

Getting the Whole Story

Reporting and Writing the News

Paperback Published: 8th August 2002
ISBN: 9781572307957
Number Of Pages: 451

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This comprehensive introductory text combines the "whys" of journalism with the "how-tos." Students are guided toward mastery of the finer points of reporting, beat coverage, and news writing, while also gaining awareness of the important role journalists serve in a democratic society. Rich with pointers, examples, hands-on exercises, and thoughtful discussion questions, and written in an engaging, down-to-earth style, the book reflects the authors' extensive experience in both the newsroom and the classroom. Chapters provide step-by-step coverage of every aspect of the reporter's craft: gathering information; conducting interviews; framing stories; writing clear, well-organized articles; and working with editors and photographers. Helping students understand what makes news relevant and useful to the broader community, the book gives particular attention to the values and practices of civic journalism.

'This is an extraordinarily useful text. The authors demonstrate the ability to explain philosophical issues simply and clearly, yet with remarkable depth. They also offer superb coverage of the reflection that good practitioners engage in and the nuts and bolts of craft. I recommend this book unequivocally as a cornerstone text for introductory reporting courses, with or without a civic or public orientation.' - Lewis A. Friedland, University of Wisconsin, Madison 'If you were going to redesign America's troubled practice of journalism from the bottom up, this would be the blueprint.' - Davis Buzz Merritt, author of Public Journalism and Public Life 'Cheryl Gibbs and Tom Warhover's beautifully written book features top-notch writing instruction and imaginative exercises. But, more important, it explains how journalism, when done well, can help sustain our sense of community and citizenship... A groundbreaking accomplishment.' - John Pauly, Saint Louis University 'Getting the Whole Story is striking in its breadth, providing sensible reporting advice that spans from the basic '5 Ws' to consideration of news frames and journalism as a collaborative enterprise. But what really distinguishes this text is its focus on how journalism can make a difference in people's lives.... The result is a practical text that seeks to nurture journalism's highest qualities.' - Scott R. Maier, University of Oregon 'A great introduction to reporting... The final chapters are exceptional in their coverage of current trends and innovations.' - Hugh Morgan, Miami University

Introductionp. 1
The Journalist's Role in Societyp. 7
Something to Think About: The Loneliness of the Street-Corner Oratorp. 25
What Journalists Dop. 28
Truth Is No Stranger ...p. 43
How News Writing Is Differentp. 47
The Community as a Context for the Newsp. 68
Learning from Experience: Community Knowledgep. 94
Reporting Basic, Informative News Storiesp. 102
Writing Basic, Informative News Storiesp. 118
Story Portfolio: Basic News Storiesp. 153
Framing News Storiesp. 157
Branding the Newsp. 180
Interviewingp. 183
A Poem by R.D. Laing: From "Knots"p. 207
Observation, Curiosity and Note-Takingp. 208
Adding Photos, Graphics and Other Visual Elementsp. 223
General Assignment Reportingp. 241
Covering a Beatp. 271
In-Depth Storiesp. 303
Journalists' Rights and Responsibilitiesp. 346
Getting a Job--and Keeping Itp. 365
The Life of a Reporterp. 384
Newspaper Jobsp. 393
Common Mistakes and Unnecessary Wordsp. 398
Commonly Misspelled Wordsp. 408
A Quick Guide for Covering Emergenciesp. 411
Journalists' Creeds, Platforms and Codes of Ethicsp. 418
Glossary of Newsroom Termsp. 424
Works Citedp. 431
Indexp. 437
About the Authorsp. 451
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ISBN: 9781572307957
ISBN-10: 1572307951
Series: The Guilford Communication Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 451
Published: 8th August 2002
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.95