Although the world of journalism is changing fast, as technology blurs the boundaries between newspapers, radio, television and web-based media, the reporter's core role remains the same: to recognize news, communicate with people, gather information, and create accurate, balanced, and readable stories.
Essential Reporting, written by an experienced NCTJ examiner, explains how to do this. Contents include:
- What makes a good reporter
- What is news, and how to find it
- How newsrooms work
- Day-to-day life as a reporter
- Key reporting tasks
- Covering courts and councils
- Successful interviewing
- Writing news stories
- Specialist reporting
- Handling sound, pictures and the web
It also contains a wealth of advice, tips and warnings from working journalists, a guide to NCTJ training and examinations, a glossary and a guide to further reading.
It will be invaluable to anyone embarking on a career in journalism and is the NCTJ's recommended introductory text for all students on college and university courses preparing them to become successful reporters.