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

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March 2018 | 344 pages | CQ Press

“This book is an exceptional introduction into the world of journalistic writing and editing. The author turns the material into a discussion, allowing students to better grasp the concepts at hand.”  
Dante Mozie, South Carolina State University

Journalists in today’s media environment require a skill set that can be adapted to a variety of media. Dynamics of News Reporting and Writing: Foundational Skills for a Digital Age teaches students the foundational skills they need to successfully report and write the news in an evolving digital landscape. Author Vince F. Filak offers guidance on the essential skills of the industry while weaving in the “how-to’s” of writing digital news. Recognizing that well-crafted stories are founded on sharp prose, this new text covers the foundational elements of newswriting, such as lead writing, structure, and storytelling while also teaching students how to think critically and determine what matters most to their readers.

Visit the author’s blog at www.dynamicsofwriting.com to get tips for teaching the course, industry related news, sample exercises & assignments, & more! 

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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 1: Audience-Centric Journalism
Media and Media Users Today  
Defining Your Audience  
What Do We Owe Our Audience?  
What Attracts an Audience?  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 2: Critical Thinking
How Do We Think?  
The Requirements of Critical Thought  
How to Approach a Story as a Critical Thinker  
Critical Thought and the Value of Your Questions  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 3: Basics of Writing
A Quick Look at Types of Leads  
Identifying Problematic Leads and Potential Fixes  
The Inverted Pyramid: Ordering Information After the Lead  
Quotes: Letting Your Sources Tell the Story  
Attributing Your Information  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 4: Expanded News Writing
Expanding the Inverted Pyramid  
Writing With a Narrative Feel  
Nonlinear Storytelling  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 5: Social Media
What Is Social Media?  
Value of Social Media  
Social Media Tools for Your Toolbox  
Blogging  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 6: Interviewing
Critically Thinking About Interviewing’s Purpose  
Understanding the Interviewing Basics  
Types of Interviews  
Other Purposes for Interviews  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 7: Basic Reporting: News That Finds You
Reporting Basics  
Event Coverage  
Basic Tips for All Event Stories  
Stories Beyond Standard Events  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 8: Beyond Basic Reporting: News You Have to Find
The News Feature: How to Find Stories in Everyday Life  
Beat Reporting  
Personality Profiles  
Working as a Watchdog  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 9: Broadcast-Style Writing and Voicing
Broadcast Style: Different, Yet the Same  
Script Writing 101  
The Basic Elements of Broadcast Structure  
Story Types and Formats  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 10: Collecting Audio and Visuals in the Field
Tools of the Trade  
Types of Material You Gather  
Capturing Vivid Visuals  
Making Your Video Valuable  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 11: Editing Audio and Video
Audio Bites Online  
Video Bites Online  
Pairing Script and Video  
Building a Story From Start to Finish  
The Big Three  
 
Chapter 12: Law and the Media
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  
 
Chapter 13: Ethics
Why Ethics Matter  
Basic Approaches to Ethics  
Tenets of Journalistic Ethics  
Accountability  
The Big Three  
 
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 Avid, Final Cut and Premier
 
Glossary
 
Notes
 
Index

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  • Newswriting Assignments enable students to broaden their reporting skills and practice writing.
  • AP Style Quizzes and Exercises test your students' knowledge of AP style and provide opportunities for them to practice writing in this style.     
  • Video and multimedia links appeal to diverse learners.
  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring your courses.
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter is included. 
Student Site

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  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts.
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material.
  • Newswriting Assignments enable students to broaden their reporting skills and practice writing.
  • AP Style Quizzes and Exercises test your students’ knowledge of AP style and provide opportunities for them to practice writing in this style. 
  • Video and multimedia links appeal to diverse learners.    
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter is included. 

Dynamics for News Reporting and Writing is a compelling text incorporating up-to-date information in a very readable, student-friendly format. It is well worth review when considering new texts for a journalism course.”

Stephanie Reese Masson
Northwestern State University

“A comprehensive and conversational look at what every beginning journalist needs to know in the quickly changing media environment.” 

Terry Heifetz
Ball State University

Dynamics for News Reporting and Writing provides a resource for professionals and students of journalism alike that engages readers to become active participants through digital and real-world examples/lessons. The text encourages readers to perform exceptional journalistic work while providing the background theory and concepts required to be successful in this competitive industry.” 

Rheanna R. Rutledge
NOVA Southeastern University

“This book is an exceptional introduction into the world of journalistic writing and editing. The author turns the material into a discussion, allowing students to better grasp the concepts at hand.”  

Dante Mozie
South Carolina State University

“This book is representative of the skills students should have when they go into their first internship or job.” 

Wendy M. Whitt
University of South Florida

“This could be the textbook I’ve been waiting for. It is easy to understand, has a logical flow of information, and doesn’t have too much “noise” that makes the material overwhelming for beginning reporters.” 

John Coward
University of Tulsa

“This book sets the tone early and is a warning to beginner journalists—lazy thinking and doing enough to get by won’t cut it. Everything a journalist does involves learned skills, starting with critical thinking. If you don’t know how to properly approach a story and think on your feet, the rest of your story just falls apart.” 

Kimberly Schumacher
Coastal Carolina University

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