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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.

Sketch Writers
Sketch writers

These, according to Matthew Parris, one of the most accomplished practitioners of the art, are ‘a strange breed’ that are ‘something of an anachronism’ (Parris, 2003: 367). But they complement the factual parliamentary coverage of gallery reporters and the authoritative political news delivered by lobby correspondents: albeit that the latter is replete with government spin. The survival of sketch writers reflects the insatiable public curiosity about Parliament. ‘As long as accounts of the Commons have been written,’ Parris claims ‘people have been curious to know more than what was said: how it was said, what the atmosphere in the chamber was like. They wanted to know about moods, behaviour, appearance, eccentricity, comedy, even dress’ (ibid.: 267–8).

Contemporary sketch writers like Quentin Letts, Simon Hoggart ...

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