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.


The apparently ‘undisciplined and chaotic’ (Harrison, 2000) process of collecting information, opinion and facts that are likely news material is co-ordinated within a newsroom, but happens both inside and outside the office.

It involves reporters, correspondents, producers, news editors, and planners. They use sources such as people, documents, news releases and the Internet – and other media outlets. They use equipment from a pen and notebook to audio recorders and cameras.

It's been described as a machine (Yorke, 2000) and is perceived as something distinct from news processing, which is turning a selection of stories into newspapers and programmes. In large organizations, and television in particular, the complex practical logistics of newsgathering involve a team of people working to a particular programme deciding the allocation of technical ...

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