Basics for the 21st Century

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   Order Code: OUP145    ISBN : 9780195188325
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By Christopher Scanlan. The director of the Poynter Institute’s writing programs designed this textbook to turn students into reporters. Chapters lay down principles, set out advice and guidelines, offer model stories with commentaries, and conclude with exercises, suggested readings, glossaries, and hotlists of useful Internet sites. Opening chapters define what news is, identify the reporter’s "tools," and discuss the process of reporting and writing. Other chapters address story forms, writing the lead, interviewing, beats, assignments, meeting deadlines, getting numbers right, broadcast and online news writing, cultural diversity, and law and ethics. A 132-page student workbook supplies questions and exercises for individual and small group work. Written with wonderful clarity, the book is aimed at college but adaptable to grades 10 and up. Index. Illustrated. Oxford University Press. 621 pages. ©2000.

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