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Understanding Journalism 3ed

by Lynette Sheridan Burns and Benjamin J Matthews SAGE Publications Ltd
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Pbk 288 pages
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This bestselling, approachable textbook begins from the assertion that the practice of journalism should be driven by a commitment to service the public interest. With this goal in sight, Understanding Journalism explains in a clear and engaging manner both the principles and techniques required to become a successful – and valued – journalist.


This new edition:


  • Includes expanded coverage of digital and social media platforms and visual storytelling

  • Contains a brand new chapter on data journalism which gives students the knowledge and skills required to navigate, interpret and present data effectively

  • Encourages you to confront the everyday decisions involved in journalistic practice through a series of scenarios and discussion questions

  • Features a fresh, easy-to-navigate text design to enable easy progress through the book


By presenting the theoretical foundations of the profession alongside practical, step-by-step guidance, this book gives students everything they need to become effective and responsible journalists.


Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Who is a Journalist?
Chapter 3 Journalism as Decision Making
Chapter 4 Finding Stories
Chapter 5 Choosing Stories
Chapter 6 Researching Stories
Chapter 7 Researching Stories: Interviews
Chapter 8 Researching Stories: Data
Chapter 9 Telling Stories
Chapter 10 Editing Stories
Chapter 11 Long-form stories

Sheridan Burns was among the first to apply a genuine 'reflective practice' approach to journalism education - teaching students how to report effectively within ethical boundaries. The latest edition of Understanding Journalism - co-written with Benjamin J Matthews - retains that mindful approach to the enterprise and applies it to a host of fresh situations -  including social media, false news and citizen journalism

- in the digital and geopolitical context. The authors reaffirm the importance of considered and research-based journalism practice in a troubled and divided world. This book continues to set the standard as the truly international primer for journalists.
Lynette Sheridan Burns has been a journalist for 25 years first in Sydney, then regional new South Wales, where she won three consecutive journalism awards. In 1989 she moved to the University of Newcastle, Australia, where she established its journalism program in 1992. Today she combines teaching with freelance journalism and award-wining research into problem-based curriculum design.