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.

Hard News
Hard news

The collapse of the twin towers in New York, the first man on the moon, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, income tax goes up by a penny. All these are examples of a hard news story. All journalists recognize a hard news story the minute they hear one, but it's less easy to generalize than you might think.

News itself has been defined in a variety of memorable ways. ‘The first rough draft of history’ according to Ben Bradlee, former editor of the Washington Post; ‘anything that makes a reader say “Gee Whiz!”’, according to Arthur McEwen; ‘something someone, somewhere doesn't want you to print’ (Anon) or more prosaically as ‘that which is new, interesting and true’. Importance, significance, relevance and immediacy also ...

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