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Newswriting in Transition / Edition 1

Newswriting in Transition / Edition 1

by Ray Laakaniemi, LaakaniemiRay Laakaniemi


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This breakthrough text teaches students how to become successful newswriters in a complex scoiety with a changing new media. Laakaniemi begins with an introduction to newswriting, including the nature of news, the newsroom, reader habits, and writer habits. Next, he provides step-by-step instructions on media writing: putting words, sentences, and paragraphs together; organizing stories in the inverted pyramid and other formulas; writing feature stories; and writing for radio and television. Finally, Laakaniemi explores the role of the rewrite.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830413478
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 01/01/1995
Series: Mass Communication Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 425
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: BEFORE YOU WRITE. 1. The Nature of News. 2. Newsroom Pressures and Pleasures. 3. Reader Habits: Why News Is Written the Way It Is. 4. Writer Habits. 5. Understanding Process in Writing. 6. Gathering News: Reporting and Writing Go Hand-in-Hand. 7. Libel: Respect for the Individual. 8. Developing Your Own Philosophy of Newswriting. PART TWO: MEDIA WRITING. 9. Building Blocks: The Elements of Newswriting - Proper Words, Sentences, and Paragraphs. 10. Organizing Straightforward News Stories: The Inverted Pyramid and RElated Systems. 11. Organizing a Complex Single-Event Story. 12. Meetings, Speeches, and Roundup Stories. 13. Feature Stories: Looking at News from a Different Angle. 14. Writing for the Eye and Ear: Radio and Television. 15. The Business of Public Relations: Writing to Explain. PART THREE: REWRITE - TURNING A GOOD STORY INTO AN EVEN BETTER ONE. 16. After You Write: The Role of Rewrite. 17. Refining Leads. 18. Organizing the Rest of the Story: Between the Lead and the Ending. 19. Attribution and Verification: Who Said That and Can You Prove It? 20. One More Time: Editing Your Final Copy and Catching Errors Before You Release Your Story. 21. Personalizing, Foreshadowing, and Localizing: Adding Life and Depth to Your Stories. 22. First Person Stories: The Cutting Edge. 23. Reporting Cultural Diversity: The World as We See It Versus the World as It Is. 24. The Visual Attitude: Help Me to Understand.

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