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The SAGE Key Concepts series provide students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension. Key Concepts in Journalism offers a systematic and accessible introduction to the terms, processes, and effects of journalism;a combination of practical considerations with theoretical issues; and further reading suggestions. The authors bring an enormous range of experience in newspaper and broadcast journalism, at national and regional level, as well as their teaching expertise. This book will be essential reading for students in journalism, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers.

News Angle
News angle

The perspective from which a story is reported is the news angle (also known as news peg or news hook). The particular slant a news item takes can depend on a variety of things, including the strength of the content (whether it contains important, interesting, unusual, different, hardhitting, responsive or predominantly descriptive information), and the type of media organization (local, national or otherwise) publishing or broadcasting the story. It also relies on editorial judgement (see news values) as news is a ‘selective view of what happens in the world’ (Harcup, 2004: 30, italics in original). Hicks says a distinction should be made between a ‘reporter's interpretation of events’ and news presented for propaganda purposes (Hicks et al., 1999: 13).

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