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.
Nothing arouses more ire and irritation among sections of the population than bad use of the English language. Journalists who write for a living upset these people at their peril. They must also run the gauntlet of grouchy sub-editors in newsrooms across the country capable of apoplexy at a misplaced apostrophe. As Lynne Truss puts it: ‘it's tough being a stickler for punctuation these days’ (2003: 2).
All news organizations have a concept of a distinctive house style which is the language in which stories should be written. Many newsrooms have their own style books (print, electronic and world wide web-based versions) which contain rules, reminders, and points of clarification and correct use of English, although style evolves and changes over time. In 2003 ...