So You Want To Be A Journalist? by Bruce Grundy

By Bruce Grundy

This booklet is a realistic, hands-on consultant to the realm of journalism, rather for the newbie. It includes step by step directions on writing for the inside track media, and functional suggestion and proposals on all elements of reporting. It covers the fundamental abilities serious about discovering details, interviewing, writing information and have fabric, learn and research, simple subbing, format and layout, the necessities of grammar, the legislations, and moral behaviour. The publication makes use of a number of examples to illustrate its issues. It is based virtually solely at the first-class paintings of scholar journalists to teach what children can in attaining, regardless of now not having the assets of huge information companies in the back of them. The publication additionally highlights the efforts of a few of the loads of scholars who've labored with the writer over decades to supply positive examples of writing and reporting within the absolute best traditions of journalism.

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Or you might get an even better story, or at least a better angle. This is why singlesource stories ring alarm bells in newsrooms. An important message for the student or new reporter is this: an interesting story based on only one source, even if it fulfils the word count required, meets the deadline and contains no spelling or style errors, may still not be highly 25 26 Getting started regarded by those to whom it is submitted. Journalism usually requires more effort than that. But it is also acknowledged that there are plenty of circumstances where there may be only one source for a story.

Even a story you may have witnessed first-hand will probably contain comments from others. These comments will have to be attributed to their sources. On radio and TV, it can be easy . . just play an audio or video “grab” of the person actually speaking. In newspapers, however, it is more complex. The writer has to cue the reader with signs (punctuation marks) to indicate what he or she wrote and what someone else might have said. There are conventions to make this process work. Journalists and their readers understand them.

Dictionaries and thesauruses looking for alternatives. Don’t bother. The industry doesn’t. For the most part the industry simply uses “said”. Full stop. Where it is accurate and appropriate, “claim” or a version of it (claims/claimed) may be used. 40 Getting started For the most part, when writing conventional inverted pyramid news stories, all you need remember is: people say things (hence “said” in past tense), figures show things, committees report and say things, investigations reveal things.

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