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Practical Newspaper Reporting

Practical Newspaper Reporting

Fourth Edition

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224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.

Key Features:

  • Offers guidance on news gathering, from government and business to sport and religion
  • Provides guidance on news writing, drawing on over 300 examples that have appeared in print, discussing why they work or how they could have been better
  • Gives guidance on feature writing, including profiles, comment, leading articles, obituaries and reviews
  • Presents specific chapters on ethical reporting and the possibilities and pitfalls of investigative journalism
  • Includes a review of the new financial realities that the internet is imposing on the media

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.

News and How to Find It
Pursuing News: What Do I Need to Know?
Newswriting: What Am I Trying to Say?
Newswriting: Choosing the Words
Newswriting: Getting the Words in Order
Newswriting for the Internet
Reporting the Courts
Government and the Media
Reporting Business
Investigative Reporting
Features: Illuminating the world
Religion and Diversity
Ethics: What You Write Could Get Someone Killed

David Spark's down to earth advice on the essentials of reporting is distilled from a lifetime of experience but as fresh and practical as if he were at your elbow in the newsroom. His newcomers' guide to the web as a tool for reporting is especially useful
Sir Harold Evans
former Editor of The Sunday Times

To those who may think that formal journalism is a dying art this book offers a splendid rejoinder. It is for all those who purport to write that others may read
Sir Simon Jenkins
Guardian columnist and former Editor of The Times

This book is valuable for students within and outside of journalism programs. It presents practical approaches to writing engaging newspaper publications.

Ms Danielle White
Education , Univ. of Manchester
March 6, 2015

A good introduction to the subject. There are surprisingly few good alternatives.

Mr Philip Cowan
Media, University of Hertfordshire
February 15, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: News and how to find it

David B Spark

David Spark is a veteran tech journalist and founder of Spark Media Solutions, a brand journalism firm that helps its clients be seen as leading voices in their field through brand-quality media production.  More About Author

Geoffrey Harris

For instructors

Also available as a South Asia Edition.

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