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

Second Edition

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Newswriting/reporting

January 2021 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Dynamics of News Reporting and Writing: Foundational Skills for a Digital Age shows students how to approach their stories and think on their feet in the evolving media landscape. Recognizing that well-crafted stories are founded on sharp prose, author Vincent F. Filak 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. The Second Edition includes even more writing and grammar exercises, discussions of social media and digital media advancements, and additional career-related examples to help students succeed upon entering the field.   

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1: Audience-Centric Journalism
Thinking Ahead: Understand Your Audience

 
Media and Media Users Today

 
Defining Your Audience

 
The Rise and Impact of the “Fake News” Phenomenon

 
What Do We Owe Our Audience?

 
What Attracts an Audience?

 
The Big Three

 
Best of the Blog

 
 
Chapter 2: Critical Thinking
Thinking Ahead: How to Fully “Get” a Story

 
How Do We Think?

 
The Requirements of Critical Thought

 
How to Approach a Story as a Critical Thinker

 
How to Think Your Way Past Fake News

 
Critical Thought and the Value of Your Questions

 
The Big Three

 
Best of the Blog

 
 
Chapter 3: Basics of Writing
Thinking Ahead: Writing for a Newsreader

 
A Quick Look at Types of Leads

 
Identifying Problematic Leads and Finding Potential Fixes

 
The Inverted Pyramid: Ordering Information After the Lead

 
Quotes: Letting Your Sources Tell the Story

 
Attributing Your Information

 
The Big Three

 
Best of the Blog

 
 
Chapter 4: Expanded News Writing
Thinking Ahead: Learning to Break the Rules of Writing

 
Expanding the Inverted Pyramid

 
Writing With a Narrative Feel

 
Nonlinear Storytelling

 
The Big Three

 
Best of the Blog

 
 
Chapter 5: Social Media
Thinking Ahead: Rethinking How to Reach Readers

 
What Is Social Media?

 
Value of Social Media

 
Social Media Tools for Your Toolbox

 
Blogging

 
The Big Three

 
Best of the Blog

 
 
Chapter 6: Interviewing
Thinking Ahead: Avoiding the Awkwardness While Speaking to Others

 
Critically Thinking About Interviewing’s Purpose

 
Understanding the Interviewing Basics

 
Types of Interviews

 
Other Purposes for Interviews

 
The Big Three

 
Best of the Blog

 
 
Chapter 7: Basic Reporting: News That Finds You
Thinking Ahead: Getting Ready to Hit the Field

 
Reporting Basics

 
Event Coverage

 
Basic Tips for All Event Stories

 
Stories Beyond Standard Events

 
The Big Three

 
Best of the Blog

 
 
Chapter 8: Beyond Basic Reporting: News You Have to Find
Thinking Ahead: How to Find Bigger Stories That Matter

 
The News Feature: How to Find Stories in Everyday Life

 
Beat Reporting

 
Drone Journalism

 
Personality Profiles

 
Working as a Watchdog

 
The Big Three

 
Best of the Blog

 
 
Chapter 9: Broadcast-Style Writing and Voicing
Thinking Ahead: Writing Scripts and Building Stories

 
Broadcast Style: Different, Yet the Same

 
Script Writing 101

 
The Basic Elements of Broadcast Structure

 
Story Types and Formats

 
The Big Three

 
Best of the Blog

 
 
Chapter 10: Collecting Audio and Visuals in the Field
Thinking Ahead: How to Get Enough Material to Build a Good Story

 
Tools of the Trade

 
Types of Material You Gather

 
Capturing Vivid Visuals

 
Making Your Video Valuable

 
The Big Three

 
Best of the Blog

 
 
Chapter 11: Editing Audio and Video
Thinking Ahead: Editing Your Raw Material Into a Polished Gem

 
Audio Bites Online

 
Video Bites Online

 
Pairing Script and Video

 
Building a Story From Start to Finish

 
The Big Three

 
Best of the Blog

 
 
Chapter 12: Law and the Media
Thinking Ahead: The Law Is Your Friend

 
Understanding the First Amendment

 
Law Across Media Platforms: Levels of Protection

 
Reporter’s Privilege

 
Let the Sunshine In: Rules for Transparency and Access

 
Rules for Recording

 
The Basics of Libel

 
Defenses Against Libel

 
Invasion of Privacy

 
The Big Three

 
Best of the Blog

 
 
Chapter 13: Ethics
Thinking Ahead: Just Because You Can, It Doesn’t Mean You Should

 
Why Ethics Matter

 
Basic Approaches to Ethics

 
Tenets of Journalistic Ethics

 
The Big Three

 
Best of the Blog

 
 
Appendix A: Using FOCII to Build Your Leads
 
Appendix B: Résumés, Cover Letters and More
 
Appendix C: A Deeper Dig Into FOIA and State Public Records Laws
 
Appendix D: Step-by-Step Editing Processes for Final Cut and Premiere
 
Appendix E: Freelancing 101 (and Beyond)
 
Glossary
 
Notes
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Site
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