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Dynamics of News Reporting and Writing

Dynamics of News Reporting and Writing
Foundational Skills for a Digital Age

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March 2021 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Journalism graduates today will hold a variety of positions throughout their careers that will require a skill set that transcends any one medium. Dynamics of News Reporting and Writing: Foundational Skills for a Digital Age, Second edition shows students how to approach their stories and think on their feet in the evolving media landscape. Vince F. Filak provides guidance on journalistic practices that are the bread-and-butter skills of the industry while weaving in the “how-to’s” of producing digital news. By popular demand, the Second Edition includes even more writing and grammar exercises for students, discussions of social media and digital media advancements, and additional career-related examples to help students become successful upon their entry in the field.  Recognizing that well-crafted stories are founded on sharp prose, Dynamics of News Reporting and Writing covers more foundational elements of a newswriting textbook, like lead writing, structure, and storytelling while also teaching students how to think critically and determine what matters most to their readers.


  • An audience-centric approach encourages students to reflect on why and how news is relevant to the lives of their readers before they even start digging into their stories.
  • “Write Now! Exercises” provide students with an opportunity to immediately practice the writing skills required in today’s newsroom.
  • “Consider This” debates spark classroom discussions by asking students to take a closer look at a current issue or ideological dilemma and make a valid case for their position.  
  • “Thoughts from a Pro” offer students an up-close look at a specific aspect of reporting and writing from a professional who is plying their trade each day.
  • “Helpful Hints” give students ways to provide vocabulary lists, short-cut options, and other tips to immediately improve a piece of copy.
  • "Best of the Blog" feature in every chapter showcases posts from the author’s blog at, with tips for teaching the course, discussion of current events, industry related news, sample exercises & assignments, & more!
  • “Think Ahead” discussions at the beginning of each chapter act as a roadmap to help students work through the chapter content.
  • “The Big Three” summaries ensure students take three crucial ideas with them as they move on to the next chapter.
  • “Discussion Questions” at the end of each chapter promote a broader understanding of the content based on varied interpretations of the students.
Chapter 1: Audience-Centric Journalism
Chapter 2: Critical Thinking
Chapter 3: Basics of Writing
Chapter 4: Expanded News Writing
Chapter 5: Social Media
Chapter 6: Interviewing
Chapter 7: Basic Reporting: News That Finds You
Chapter 8: Beyond Basic Reporting: News You Have to Find
Chapter 9: Broadcast-Style Writing and Voicing
Chapter 10: Collecting Audio and Visuals in the Field
Chapter 11: Editing Audio and Video
Chapter 12: Law and the Media
Chapter 13: Ethics


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Sample newswriting assignments enable students to broaden their reporting skills and practice writing; and
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