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.
Check, Check and Check
Writing a news story sometimes seems to be related to studying mathematics or chemistry. If you add two numbers together, you always get the same answer. It is a fact. If you write up a chemistry experiment, you have to record what happened, you can't embroider it to make your report more interesting. This is why those with some background in science often make very good journalists. They understand the relationship between what they have seen and what they know with what they can then write. When they start learning journalism, some students have to be dissuaded from weaving in a few embellishments to make things more interesting.
Adopting a clear-thinking mathematical approach can be a very good way to ensure that ...