Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking by Jessica Mitford

By Jessica Mitford

Jessica Mitford used to be a member of 1 of England's such a lot mythical households (among her sisters have been the novelist Nancy Mitford and the present Duchess of Devonshire) and one of many nice muckraking reporters of sleek occasions. Leaving England for the USA, she pursued a occupation as an investigative reporter and unrepentant gadfly, publicizing not just the misdeeds of, such a lot famously, the funeral enterprise (The American approach of Death, a bestseller) and the legal enterprise (Kind and traditional Punishment), but in addition of writing colleges and weight reduction courses. Mitford's diligence, unfailing skepticism, and acid pen made her one of many nice chroniclers of the mischief humans wake up to within the pursuit of revenue and the identify of excellent. Poison Penmanship collects seventeen of Mitford's best pieces--about every little thing from crummy spas to network-TV censorship--and fills them out with the tale of the way she received the inside track and, no much less attention-grabbing, how the tale built after ebook. The ebook is a pride to learn: few reporters have ever been as humorous as Mitford, or as talented at getting round in these darkish, cobwebbed corners the place sleek the US models its glossy gives you. It's additionally an unequaled and useful guide of the tremendous paintings of investigative reporting.

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Where It All Begins Whether you’re interested in covering news for the Internet, your local newspaper, a blog, magazine, or a television or radio network, basic journalism begins with reporting and writing news. While covering a story, reporters investigate leads (kernels of information that could turn into a larger story), read through relevant documents, research published stories on the topic, interview key people, and observe events at the site, such as a fire or crime scene, or as they unfold, such as a political campaign.

Government will become insolvent before BP does,” said Bruce Lanni, a stock analyst with Nollenberg Capital Partners. This Internet news story lays out the facts over the first two paragraphs and then delivers a powerful punch line—“They barely batted an eye. . ” It also uses strong quotes that move the story ahead. In fact, all three news stories use lively quotes, as well as an active voice and strong verbs (for example, “the White House arm-twisted its executives”). chnology. Play around with te with a small s t n e ud st r e h t o Interview esn’t need to o d It .

Diane Suchetka, newspaper reporter Who Am I Writing For? Always think about your audience as you search for newsworthy stories. For example, a student newspaper 33 Journalism would provide a different mix of stories than the community paper, even though some stories may overlap. The student newspaper would provide stories of interest to other students and their families, as well as teachers and administrators. On the other hand, the mix of stories for a community newspaper is much more diverse so it can appeal to everyone—from young readers to senior citizens.

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