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Dynamics of News Reporting and Writing
Foundational Skills for a Digital Age

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January 2018 | 344 pages | CQ Press

“This book is an exceptional introduction into the world of journalistic writing and editing. The author turns the material into a discussion, allowing students to better grasp the concepts at hand.”  
Dante Mozie, South Carolina State University

Journalists in today’s media environment require a skill set that can be adapted to a variety of media. Dynamics of News Reporting and Writing: Foundational Skills for a Digital Age teaches students the foundational skills they need to successfully report and write the news in an evolving digital landscape. Author Vince F. Filak offers guidance on the essential skills of the industry while weaving in the “how-to’s” of writing digital news. Recognizing that well-crafted stories are founded on sharp prose, this new text covers the foundational elements of newswriting, such as lead writing, structure, and storytelling while also teaching students how to think critically and determine what matters most to their readers.

Visit the author’s blog at www.dynamicsofwriting.com to get tips for teaching the course, industry related news, sample exercises & assignments, & more! 

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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 1: Audience-Centric Journalism
Media and Media Users Today

 
Defining Your Audience

 
What Do We Owe Our Audience?

 
What Attracts an Audience?

 
The Big Three

 
 
Chapter 2: Critical Thinking
How Do We Think?

 
The Requirements of Critical Thought

 
How to Approach a Story as a Critical Thinker

 
Critical Thought and the Value of Your Questions

 
The Big Three

 
 
Chapter 3: Basics of Writing
A Quick Look at Types of Leads

 
Identifying Problematic Leads and Potential Fixes

 
The Inverted Pyramid: Ordering Information After the Lead

 
Quotes: Letting Your Sources Tell the Story

 
Attributing Your Information

 
The Big Three

 
 
Chapter 4: Expanded News Writing
Expanding the Inverted Pyramid

 
Writing With a Narrative Feel

 
Nonlinear Storytelling

 
The Big Three

 
 
Chapter 5: Social Media
What Is Social Media?

 
Value of Social Media

 
Social Media Tools for Your Toolbox

 
Blogging

 
The Big Three

 
 
Chapter 6: Interviewing
Critically Thinking About Interviewing’s Purpose

 
Understanding the Interviewing Basics

 
Types of Interviews

 
Other Purposes for Interviews

 
The Big Three

 
 
Chapter 7: Basic Reporting: News That Finds You
Reporting Basics

 
Event Coverage

 
Basic Tips for All Event Stories

 
Stories Beyond Standard Events

 
The Big Three

 
 
Chapter 8: Beyond Basic Reporting: News You Have to Find
The News Feature: How to Find Stories in Everyday Life

 
Beat Reporting

 
Personality Profiles

 
Working as a Watchdog

 
The Big Three

 
 
Chapter 9: Broadcast-Style Writing and Voicing
Broadcast Style: Different, Yet the Same

 
Script Writing 101

 
The Basic Elements of Broadcast Structure

 
Story Types and Formats

 
The Big Three

 
 
Chapter 10: Collecting Audio and Visuals in the Field
Tools of the Trade

 
Types of Material You Gather

 
Capturing Vivid Visuals

 
Making Your Video Valuable

 
The Big Three

 
 
Chapter 11: Editing Audio and Video
Audio Bites Online

 
Video Bites Online

 
Pairing Script and Video

 
Building a Story From Start to Finish

 
The Big Three

 
 
Chapter 12: Law and the Media
Understanding the First Amendment

 
Law Across Media Platforms: Levels of Protection

 
Reporter’s Privilege

 
Let the Sunshine In: Rules for Transparency and Access

 
Rules for Recording

 
The Basics of Libel

 
Defenses Against Libel

 
Invasion of Privacy

 
The Big Three

 
 
Chapter 13: Ethics
Why Ethics Matter

 
Basic Approaches to Ethics

 
Tenets of Journalistic Ethics

 
Accountability

 
The Big Three

 
 
APPENDIX A: Using FOCII to Build Your Leads
 
APPENDIX B: Résumés, Cover Letters and More
 
APPENDIX C: A Deeper Dig Into FOIA and State Public Records Laws
 
APPENDIX D: Step-by-Step Editing Processes for Avid, Final Cut and Premier
 
Glossary
 
Notes
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Teaching site

SAGE edge for Instructors, supports your teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students.

  • Newswriting Assignments enable students to broaden their reporting skills and practice writing.
  • AP Style Quizzes and Exercises test your students' knowledge of AP style and provide opportunities for them to practice writing in this style.     
  • Video and multimedia links appeal to diverse learners.
  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring your courses.
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter is included. 
Student Site

SAGE edge for Students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment.

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts.
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material.
  • Newswriting Assignments enable students to broaden their reporting skills and practice writing.
  • AP Style Quizzes and Exercises test your students’ knowledge of AP style and provide opportunities for them to practice writing in this style. 
  • Video and multimedia links appeal to diverse learners.    
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter is included. 
Key features

KEY FEATURES:  

  • An audience-centric approach encourages students to reflect on why and how news is relevant to the lives of their readers before they even start digging into their stories.
  • “Write Now! Exercises” provide students with an opportunity to immediately practice the writing skills required in today’s newsroom.
  • “Consider This” debates spark classroom discussions by asking students to take a closer look at a current issue or ideological dilemma and make a valid case for their position.  
  • “Thoughts from a Pro” offer students an up-close look at a specific aspect of reporting and writing from a professional who is plying their trade each day.
  • “Helpful Hints” give students ways to provide vocabulary lists, short-cut options, and other tips to immediately improve a piece of copy.
  • “Think Ahead” discussions at the beginning of each chapter act as a roadmap to help students work through the chapter content.
  • “The Big Three” summaries ensure students take three crucial ideas with them as they move on to the next chapter.
  • “Discussion Questions” at the end of each chapter promote a broader understanding of the content based on varied interpretations of the students.
  • The author’s blog at www.DynamicsofWriting.com offers tips for teaching the course, industry related news, sample exercises & assignments, & more!



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