'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.

Sources and Contacts Books

Sources and Contacts Books
Sources and contacts books

‘… there isn't any news,’ said Ginger. ‘My father's always sayin’ there isn't any news. Whenever my mother asks him at breakfast what news there is in the paper he always says there isn't any.'

‘Well, we can invent news can't we?’ said William. 1 bet that's what real ones do, invent it if there isn't any…'

R.Crompton, William and the Space Animal (1992:110)

This chapter:

  • examines what sources are
  • considers where journalists get their news and information
  • looks at who the essential contacts are
  • shows how to set up a contacts book so that it is most effective and efficient.

Regional newspaper editor David Ward cherishes the advice that he was offered by his first boss, who, early in Ward's career, took him to one ...

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