Anna McKane's News Writing is a pioneering book dealing exclusively with the all-important craft of writing news stories. The ability to write a good news story is the starting point for all young journalists' careers.

The book deals fully with all aspects of writing news, including how to write a good intro, or first paragraph; how to order the information and assemble a winning story; and what language to use. It provides a step-by-step guide to constructing a story, with good and bad examples, and a detailed analysis of style, language, and grammar. There are checklists to help inexperienced writers to measure their work.

The book is written in a clear and practical way and provides guidance for students and trainee journalists to enable them to write everything from a snappy short agency-style news story to a more reflective piece appropriate for a quirky news item. It will be invaluable for trainee and student journalists at every level from first year undergraduate to graduate courses. It is also likely to be of benefit to the many amateur journalists writing local or society newsletters.

The Language of News 2: Sentence Structure, Brevity, Clarity

The Language of News 2: Sentence Structure, Brevity, Clarity

The language of news 2: Sentence structure, brevity, clarity

The 17th century French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote: ‘I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter.’ This remark, which has been attributed to several other people, neatly sums up the difficulty of concise writing. It takes much longer to make a piece of writing as clear and precise as possible; it is far quicker to produce something wordy and waffly. Many non-journalists believe that it is easier to write for the Sun or the Mirror than for a broadsheet or former broadsheet. The reverse is probably true. Getting a story down to very few ...

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