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News Writing 2ed

by Anna McKane SAGE Publications Ltd
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The ability to hone and craft an eye-catching news story is fundamental to good journalism. It is an essential skill that the young journalist of today must carry with them. The growth of online journalism and the use of social media has meant that the skills required in news writing are evolving, opening up fresh challenges and exciting new possibilities.

Anna McKane's News Writing takes you step-by-step through the key aspects of writing news on both print and online platforms, equipping you with all that you need to become an articulate, accurate and engaging journalist. Crucially, the book will show you how to:

• create an attention-grabbing intro or first paragraph

• structure the content of your story effectively

• use the appropriate language.

Fully updated to account for the role of online journalism, this second edition guides you through the essentials of website presentation, from headlines and standfirsts to the use of smartphone images and links. An all-new chapter shows you how to use Twitter and online blogs to piece together a winning story, and up-to-date examples and exercises throughout encourage you to pick apart and analyse the techniques used in a variety of recent news stories across a range of platforms.

This is the essential workbook to take you through your studies in Journalism and News Writing.

What Makes News?
Gathering the News
The Effective Intro
The Inverted Pyramid
News as a Conversation
Make it a News Story, Not a Narrative
Presentation and Headlines
Other Ways into the Story
Accuracy and Getting it Right
Choosing the Right Words
Writing for Clarity
Grammar and Punctuation
More News Models
Further Reading

Anna McKane has written a first-class no-nonsense guide to news writing which is suitable for both journalism students and freelance journalists. Her wealth of experience both as a journalist and a lecturer in journalism gives News Writing the edge over similar tomes. It covers all the tenets of good news reporting for both print and online in a way that is clear, informative, and entertaining.
Anna McKane - City University