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.
Chapter 4: Newswriting: What am I Trying to Say?
Newswriting: What am I Trying to Say?
In reading this chapter and the next two, reporters need to bear two things in mind. First, they must get the story written, even if the writing is not ideal. Second, they will be expected to follow their publication's style, which may vary from the advice here.
Learn from Other Writers
You can learn from the triumphs and errors of others. Read newspapers and magazines carefully, noticing not just the news but the ways in which it is expressed. Do news reports read clearly and, if not, why not? Are they succinct and sparing with words? Are they cluttered with minor detail? Do they employ overused words, phrases and approaches? Are there sentences that ...