Print Journalism: A Critical Introduction
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Print Journalism provides an up-to-date overview of the skills needed to work within the newspaper and magazine industries.
This critical approach to newspaper and magazine practice highlights historical, theoretical, ethical and political debates and includes tips on the everyday skills of newspaper and magazine journalists, as well as tips for online writing and production.
Crucial skills highlighted include:
- sourcing the news
- sub editing
- feature writing and editing
- designing pages
- pitching features
In addition separate chapters focus on ethics, reporting courts, covering politics and copyright whilst others look at the history of newspapers and magazines, the structure of the UK print industry (including its financial organization) and the development of journalism education in the UK, helping to place the coverage of skills within a broader, critical context.
All contributors are experienced practicing journalists as well as journalism educators from a broad range of UK universities.
stage in your career you will be faced with the decision as to whether to use a notebook or a tape recorder. For most experienced reporters, the former is generally preferable, especially if you have persevered and achieved the 100 wordsper-minute shorthand goal necessary to gain the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ certiﬁcate, the NCE. Notebooks can go anywhere with you, including courts and council meetings, and don’t run out of batteries or get knocked off tables during a
just before the story is put on the page. Is this the news the reader wants? One of the most fundamental skills of a good news editor is the ability to put his- or herself inside the reader’s head. With possibly hundreds of stories available from a broad range of sources, the news editor plays a primary role in sifting the wheat from the chaff. Their guiding principle is to know what will grab the reader’s attention. It is a common misapprehension that news editing is a process of selection. In
what will be the main thrust of the feature. For the former, it will ﬂag up points of style and structure, while for the latter it is useful to see at a glance how, and where, in the publication such a piece may be placed. They are: information-based journalism opinion-making journalism entertainment journalism literary journalism. Information It may seem a truism, but a vast amount of what we could call the worthy backbone of all journalistic copy is to do with producing information,
If all features in your publication run to 800 words, are laid out over three columns on a right-hand page with one photograph and a pull quote there’s nothing more to be said. On the other hand, perhaps you just hand the copy over to the art editor or a layout sub and it will magically appear on a ﬁnished page. It is much better for the features editor to be more involved in the full creative process. A feature is not like news. It is a form which asks the reader to make more of a commitment,
But a feature written for one would stick out a mile in the other, not just because of the subject matter but also because of the tone and style of writing. The demographics of the respective readerships are miles apart and even if they overlapped, most readers would not want the magazines to converge. To revert to the previous point about style, how can you know if the writer has used too much jargon or not explained something clearly enough? The answer lies in your understanding of the