'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.

What is News?
What is news?

News is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read. And it's only news until he's read it. After that it's dead.

E.Waugh, Scoop (1982)

This chapter:

  • examines the definitions of news
  • asks what makes something newsworthy
  • looks at different types of news stories
  • questions who decides what is newsworthy
  • looks at how journalists identify stories.

Various attempts have been made to answer the question ‘What is news?’ It is a tricky one. Lynette Sheridan Burns (2000: 50), for instance, in Understanding Journalism defines news as something that binds ‘people together in a sense of community’. Certainly, freelance journalist Carole Richardson buys into the notion of community – at least in the sense that news is something that individuals want to share with one ...

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