'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.


‘I hate talking about myself.’

‘I dare say, but you've got to when you're being interviewed.’

P. G.Wodehouse, Bachelors Anonymous (1975:114)

This chapter:

  • tells you the general rules of interviewing
  • discusses where and how interviews should be conducted
  • explains what the journalist needs to know and do in advance
  • considers the research needed before an interview
  • shows how to set up an interview
  • explains how to take control
  • looks at different types of interviews.

Journalism is about getting information and one of the best ways of doing this is by asking questions. Lots of them.

A journalist can use any number of research tools – from cuttings to reference books and from noticeboards to the Internet – and, in many background-type stories, this may be enough. However, to get all the information a journalist needs to ...

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