'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.

More Specialist Areas
More specialist areas

The storyteller ‘must divine which episodes of (his) history hold promise of fullness and tease from them their hidden meanings, braiding these together as one braids a rope. Teasing and braiding can, like any craft, be learned. But as to determining which episodes hold promise (as oysters hold pearls), it is not without justice that this art is called divining.’

J. M.Coetzee, Foe (1986: 88–9)

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  • considers some more specialist areas, looking particularly at the writing styles and practices of reporters who cover crime, sport, health, business and education.

At some point, most journalists, after a couple of years of general newsroom reporting, gravitate towards one specialism or another. Some, especially those with a leaning towards sport, may have been moving in the ...

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