Reporting for Journalists (Media Skills) Writing & by Chris Frost

By Chris Frost

Reporting for reporters examines the paintings of the inside track reporter from the method of discovering a narrative, tracing resources to help it, interviewing contacts and amassing info after which submitting the completed record. it really is a necessary instruction manual for college students of journalism and an invaluable advisor for operating professionals.Reporting for newshounds explores the function of the reporter on this planet of recent journalism and explains the significance of studying to record throughout all media - radio, tv, online, newspapers and periodicals. utilizing case reviews and examples of print and broadcast information tales, Reporting for newshounds includes:* how to define a narrative and the way to boost principles* gaining knowledge of the tale and construction a contacts ebook* making most sensible use of computing device aided reporting, information teams, chat rooms and se's* masking courts, council and press meetings* a bankruptcy on broadcast reporting highlighting concerns particular to tv and radio* an annotated bibliography, a word list of key phrases and a listing of journalistic web content.

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The mode, mean and median would be similar enough to differ by only decimal places. But in our smoking example, this isn’t the case. The majority of people don’t smoke at all, and then the distribution of smokers is very different to the bell shape of man’s height. Many smokers only smoke a few cigarettes and only a few smoke more than twenty to thirty. The only useful statistics are that 82 per cent of the citizens of Anytown are nonsmokers and, of the smokers, the median (the highest point on the distribution curve, the number of cigarettes smoked by more people than any other) is fifteen cigarettes a day.

The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has introduced a clause into its code to consider this: Payments or offers of payment for stories, pictures and information, shall not be made directly or through agents to witnesses or potential witnesses in current criminal proceedings or to people engaged in crime or to their associates – which includes family, friends, neighbours and colleagues – except where the material concerned ought to be published in the public interest and the payment is necessary for this to be done.

NUJ 2000) 5 Office procedures Any journalist hoping to find stories and publish them for a particular readership has to be up to date with the news because otherwise it is impossible to identify what is news. So it is important to read newspapers, watch TV, listen to the radio and scan web sites. It is also important to keep up to date with all the gossip within the community on which you are reporting. If you are working for a local paper, you need to know what local people are saying and who is who.

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