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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.

Becoming a Friend to the Eminent

Interviewing people is pleasant. For a while, you are the friend and confidant of the eminent. Gavin Weightman, covering an election in 1974 for Westminster Press provincial papers, ended up in Downing Street smoking one of Prime Minister Harold Wilson's cigars.

It was shorthand that made interviews possible. The ability to record speech as it is spoken not only assists detailed, accurate reporting but lends immediacy and vividness to a report. Tape and audio recorders are an alternative but they can inhibit an informant. Listening to a recording takes at least as long as the interview it records.

Interviews can be related to the news. They can be part of a wider inquiry. They can be for profiles – accounts of ...

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