'As well as guides on how to report courts and councils, Newspaper Journalism offers tips on how to write both news stories and features and how to make and keep contacts. The tips are packed with real life examples from journalists working on provincial newspapers. A worthwhile read - and not just for the latest newshound to join the press pack' - www.HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk'This is lucid, lean and up-to-date introduction to newspaper journalism and how to do it' - Jane Taylor, The Surrey Institute of Art and DesignA practical introduction to journalism, and the broader context in which journalists operate, Newspaper Journalism covers the key elements and distinctive features that constitute good newspaper journalism. Engagingly written, the book is also a rich resource of real life examples, anecdotes, case studies and exercises.Susan Pape and Susan Featherstone have drawn on their considerable experience to provide a solid grounding in the principles and practice of newspaper journalism. The resulting book recognises the needs of the profession and those seeking to enter it.

Opening the Newsroom Door
Opening the newsroom door

There is a popular view that journalists are persons with the words ‘scoop’ and ‘probe’ deeply scarred on their hearts. It is assumed that they are professionally dedicated to making public every kind of scandal, infidelity and corruption, both of private persons and official organisations.

K.Williams, The English Newspaper (1977: 7)

This chapter:

  • introduces the new journalist to the regional and local newspaper office
  • explains the roles and responsibilities of the different people working in the newsroom
  • considers the structure and layout of a typical newsroom
  • explains the skills a new journalist will need to learn and develop.

Opening the newsroom door for the first time is a daunting experience. Phones are ringing, people are rushing about or sitting, heads down, concentrating on the words ...

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