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The discipline of communication has grown in popularity from the time professors of journalism and speech decided, in the mid-1960s, that the term “communication” was an excellent general descriptor for the theory and research that each group aspired to create.  Over time, the two groups grew closer and recognized significant overlap in their theoretical and research interests, but there were also differences in their traditions that kept them apart.  While both groups agreed that communication is a practical discipline, journalism professors focused a great deal of their attention on the education of media professionals.  Speech professors, on the other hand, often were more oriented to the liberal arts and valued the fact that communication could be approached from a variety of traditions, including the arts, ...

Reporting, Story Development, and Editing
Reporting, story development, and editing

Telling a good story is the heart and soul of journalism; however, you can't tell a good story without doing a good job of reporting—gathering information to share with your audience. Identifying important and interesting issues, events, and people to report about is a critical part of the reporting process. In addition, carefully editing the semifinished product to ensure that it fits the allotted time or space and to ensure accuracy, plus to check for proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style, is necessary to increase the chances that audience members will find the story interesting, informative, entertaining, and thought provoking.

Story Selection

Selecting interesting and/or important aspects of life to report about would seem to be a relatively ...

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