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Practical Journalism: How to Write News

by Helen Sissons (NZ) SAGE Publications Ltd
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Practical Journalism: How to Write News introduces the beginner to the skills needed to become a journalist in the digital age.

The book draws on interviews with dozens of working journalists. They share their thoughts on the profession and we watch them work - selecting stories, carrying out interviews and writing scripts.

Most journalists believe they work ethically although few have set rules and others admit to being pressured to behave underhandedly. This book looks at how journalists can work more ethically and provides a guide for beginners.

The Journalist / What is News / Telling the Story / Grammar and Style / Structuring the Story / Writing for Broadcast / Online Journalism / Effective Interviewing / Finding the News / Local Government Reporting / Court Reporting / Reporters and the Law / The Moral Maze

"Beginning journalists who seek straightforward advice on how to write in the digital age need Practical Journalism: How to Write News - and any college-level holding strong in journalism also will find it a strong reference. It covers the foundations of writing for different mediums, surveys the skills needed to achieve a broad range of talents, and uses interviews with dozens of working journalists to lend insights and tips on the profession. Many college-teachers will also find Practical Journalism and important assignment suitable for study and discussion."
Helen Sissons teachers at the Auckland University of Technology. has studied at universities in the UK and abroad from the Sorbonne, Paris to Columbia University, New York as a Fulbright Scholar. She has worked extensively in news journalism, in newspapers and broadcasting, latterly spending nearly a decade in TV news at the BBC. For six years she also combined television reporting with teaching news journalism at university level. She now lives and works in New Zealand with her family.