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Now in its Fourth Edition, this classic textbook has grown up alongside the newspaper industry. Today, as ever, it provides students of newspaper journalism with a toolkit for gathering news and filling ever-increasing space with first-rate copy for print and online. Informed by over half a century’s professional experience and fully revised to give a nuanced account of the skills required in an online environment, this book is an essential companion for your journalism degree and beyond.

News and how to Find it
News and how to find it
News is what Someone Decides to Publish as News

‘His fingers sped like an express train on his portable typewriter, clattering away the news in paragraphs.’ Thus, in Reporting Politics in Nigeria (2008), Dayo Duyile describes Alhaji Lateef Teniola, his one-time news editor at the Nigerian Tribune. What was this ‘news’ that Teniola was clattering away? News might be defined as what someone somewhere – in a newspaper, on the air, on the internet – decides to publish as news. But is it still a useful concept? Kevin Marsh, editor of the BBC College of Journalism, has proclaimed the death of the news story (see ‘The Future of Journalism’, BBC College, 2009). The killer is ...

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