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Title:
Understanding journalism
Author:
Burns, Lynette Sheridan.
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Publication Information:
London : SAGE, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
x, 186 pages ; 26 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780761970255

9780761970262
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Understanding Journalism provides an indispensable guide through the processes and decisions required to produce quality journalism.

Starting from `What is news?′ and moving on to consider decisions about public interest, accuracy and reliability of sources, and ethics, this book provides a model for practice centering on developing skills in critical self-reflection. It will help answer the question of `Where to begin?′ - examining the processes used by journalists to define, identify, evaluate and create journalism.

Understanding Journalism offers a guide to:

Finding news - exploring the nature of news and the factors influencing news judgement

Choosing news - considering the power journalists exercise in selecting the issues that become news and examining the ethical implications of these decisions

Gathering news - focusing on primary research - specifically interviews

Constructing news - explores the processes used in deciding what to omit and what to include in the news depending on a targeted audience

Working With Words - explores the role of editing in journalism and how it affects media messages

Understanding Journalism will be essential reading for all students of journalism.


Table of Contents

Part 1 From Knowing How To Being Able
Introduction
Journalism in Action
Journalism as Decision Making
Part 2 Journalism In Action
Finding News
Choosing News
Gathering News
Evaluating News Sources
Constructing News
Editing News
Working with Words