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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.

Ethics: What you Write could Get Someone Killed
Ethics: What you write could get someone killed

Accuracy derived from painstaking fact-checking, fairness – particularly when charges are made against someone – courage, honesty, oversight over public officials, lending a voice to the disadvantaged, sensitivity to differences and to deprivation and commitment to the public interest are commonly regarded as the requirements of good journalism.

Because the media are subject to human fallibility and also function under time and manpower constraints, they are obviously imperfect. Misreporting, misinterpreting facts or being plain wrong, reporting baseless charges, failing to get a response before publishing a charge, bias and cutting out one side of a story are among the common complaints against the press.

N. Ravi, editor, The Hindu, Chennai, speaking to ...
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