Research Skills for Journalists is a comprehensive, engaging and highly practical guide to developing the varied skillset needed for producing well researched, quality journalism across a range of platforms. Illustrated with original interviews and case studies, the book guides readers through a clear understanding of sources of news, as well as illustrating the skills needed to undertake successful digital and non-digital research and to conduct interviews for a variety of media. It examines the skills needed for basic data journalism and presents an in-depth exploration of the different research skills specific to producing print and online text, as well as those for broadcast and multimedia journalism. Key research skills explored in the book include: Developing digital research skills, including researching through search engines, messages boards, discussion groups and web forums, social media, apps, and using user generated content Working with data, including sourcing, auditing and analysing data, data visualisation and understanding the importance of accuracy and context Essential non-digital research skills, including telephone technique, using libraries and working with librarians, understanding copyright, working with picture libraries and research services, and producing freedom of information requests Working directly with people to research stories, including the power of persuasion, tracking down great contributors, managing and protecting sources, planning and managing interviews, and interviewing vulnerable people Researching for multimedia production of stories, including researching a radio story, podcast or video story, and planning for outside broadcasts. Research Skills for Journalists also explores specialist research skills needed for working overseas and investigates new areas, which could be used for journalism research in the future. The book is illustrated with original contributions by journalists from a variety of backgrounds; including veteran investigative journalist John Pilger, pioneering data journalist Simon Rogers and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s award-winning reporter Abigail Fielding-Smith. It is an invaluable guide for students and practitioners of journalism to the skills needed for finding and developing original news stories today.
Journalism Online tackles the pressing question of how to apply fundamental journalism skills to the online medium. It provides an essential guide to the Internet as a research and publishing tool. In particular, it examines how to forge key journalism skills with the distinctive qualities of the World Wide Web to provide compelling web content. Trainee and practicing online journalists will learn: - core journalism skills of identifying, collecting, selecting and presenting news and information; - multimedia skills such as audio recording and editing; - online research methods including use of search tools, newsgroups and listservs; - story construction and writing for the Web; - an introduction to HTML; - web site design for the effective use of content. Journalism Online takes the best of the 'new' and 'old' media to provide an essential primer for this emerging discipline. Leading web designers such as Jakob Nielsen rub shoulders with established journalists like Harold Evans in the search for clear guidance in this rapidly developing field. It also provides a useful insight for non-news organisations into how to prepare and present effective web content and avoid the deepest pitfall of the online world - being ignored. Supplementary resources can be found on the book's supporting web site www.journalismonline.co.uk, which features additional exercises, useful links and reviews.
How do you track down the information you need without being distracted by false trails? Journalists, writers, in fact anyone who hunts information, need to develop superb research skills to avoid chasing red herrings or running into blank walls. When you release the hounds, you are already halfway to your quarry. By identifying what information resources exist, who is responsible for them and how to match a resource to a particular need, Christine Fogg sets the researcher on the right track. Is there any information worth having that's not on the Internet? (Answer: YES!) Where exactly will you find Environmental Impact Statements or Green Papers? Is there a library or collection that specialises in the area you are researching? Where will you find out who owned your house in 1923? Never losing sight of the importance of approaching information with a critical eye, Release the Hounds is an essential tool for all researchers, journalists and writers. Journalism needs savvy people. Hanging around in bars is OK, but there is more to the game these days. Or there should be. And this is a book that could help lift your performance.' From the foreword by Bruce Grundy, University of Queensland
'The ultimate book on the creative skills of journalism' - Writing Magazine 'Useful and timely... it is refreshing to discover a book so overtly designed to inspire students to think about what can make writing good - or even great.' - Media International Australia This is a book about the art of writing for newspapers and magazine, but doesn't look at punctuation, spelling and the stylistic conventions of 'everyday' journalism. Instead, Good Writing For Journalists presents extended examples of writing which are powerful, memorable, colourful or funny. Each piece will be contextualised and analysed encouraging readers to learn from the best practitioners. This book will inspire those who want to make their writing individual and memorable. Along the way the major elements of non-fiction writing will be introduced, in chapters organised by genre - profile writing, reportage, news analysis, investigation, sports writing, personal and opinion columns and 'lifestyle' among them. Phillip's book sees itself as a natural successor to Wolfe & Johnson's seminal The New Journalism (1975). By adopting a larger sweeping and tailoring itself for the contemporary journalistic arena, this book will be an essential purchase for the discerning journalist and journalism student.
Unlike a simple h̀ow to' guide, Research Skills for Policy and Development provides a critique of various methods and situates these approaches within r̀eal life' organisational settings, enabling those working in or studying development to locate, evaluate and use relevant information quickly but rigorously. The successor to Finding Out Fast (SAGE, 1998) it reflects the changes in development management theories and practice over the last seven years, and includes new material and advice on critical use of the web as a resource and research tool.
Journalists used to rely on their notepad and pen. Today, professional journalists rely on the computer-and not just for the writing. Much, if not all, of a journalist's research happens on a computer. If you are journalist of any kind, you need to know how to find the information you need online. This book will show you how to find declassified governmental files, statistics of all kinds, simple and complex search engines for small and large data gathering, and directories of subject experts. This book is for the many journalists around the world who didn't attend a formal journalism school before going to work, those journalists who were educated before online research became mainstream, and for any student studying journalism today. It will teach you how to use the Internet wisely, efficiently and comprehensively so that you will always have your facts straight and fast. Online Newsgathering: . reflects the most current thinking . is pertinent to both industry and education . focuses on what people need to know Please visit the authors' companion website at http://computerassistedreporting.com for additional resources.
Journalists in today’s media environment require a skill set that can be adapted to a variety of media. Dynamics of News Reporting and Writing: Foundational Skills for a Digital Age teaches students the foundational skills they need to successfully report and write the news in an evolving digital landscape. Author Vince F. Filak offers guidance on the essential skills of the industry while weaving in the “how-to’s” of writing digital news. Recognizing that well-crafted stories are founded on sharp prose, this new text covers the foundational elements of newswriting, such as lead writing, structure, and storytelling while also teaching students how to think critically and determine what matters most to their readers. Key Features: An audience-centric approach encourages students to understand why and how news is relevant to the lives of their readers before they even start digging into their stories. “Write Now! Exercises” provide students with an opportunity to immediately practice the core set of skills they have just learned and apply these skills to various platforms. “Consider This” debates spark classroom discussions by encouraging students to take a closer look at a current issue or ideological dilemma and make a valid case for their position. “Thoughts from a Pro” offer students an up-close look at a specific aspect of reporting and writing from a professional who is plying their trade each day.
The Magazines Handbook has firmly established itself as the essential introduction to the theories and practices of the modern magazine industry. This fully updated third edition comprehensively examines the business of publishing magazines today and the work of the contemporary magazine journalist. Jenny McKay draws examples from a broad range of publications to explore key jobs in the industry, covering everyone from the sub editor to the fashion assistant, as well as analysing the many skills involved in magazine journalism, including commissioning, researching, interviewing, and production. Updated specialist chapters discuss the growth and development of electronic publishing and online journalism, new directions in magazine design, photography and picture editing, and the most up to date legal frameworks in which magazine journalists must operate. The Magazines Handbook includes: • Interviews with magazine journalists, editors, and publishers • Advice on starting out and freelancing in the magazine industry • An analysis of ‘new journalism’ and reportage • A glossary of key terms and specialist concepts • Information on contacts, courses and professional training.
News gathering is a large, complicated and often messy task that has traditionally been viewed by journalists as irretrievably idiosyncratic, best learned through trial and error. Advanced Reporting takes the opposite approach, focusing on reporting as a process of triangulation based on three essential activities: analyzing documents, making observations and conducting interviews. In this readable book, veteran journalism professor Miles Maguire shows how the best reporters use these three tools in a way that allows them to cross-check and authenticate facts, to reduce or eliminate unsupportable allegations and to take readers and viewers to a deeper level of insight and understanding. This book will help to prepare students for a profession marked by increasing complexity and competition. To succeed in this environment, journalists must learn to make the most of digital media to intensify the impact of their work. At the same time, reporters must contend with a host of sophisticated public relations techniques while engaging with news audiences that no longer just consume journalism, but also collaborate in its creation. Discussion questions and exercises help students put theory into practice.
The advent of digital technologies has changed the news and publishing industries drastically. While shrinking newsrooms may be a concern for many, journalists and publishing professionals are working to reorient their skills and capabilities to employ technology for the purpose of better understanding and engaging with their audiences. Contemporary Research Methods and Data Analytics in the News Industry highlights the research behind the innovations and emerging practices being implemented within the journalism industry. This crucial, industry-shattering publication focuses on key topics in social media and video streaming as a new form of media communication as well the application of big data and data analytics for collecting information and drawing conclusions about the current and future state of print and digital news. Due to significant insight surrounding the latest applications and technologies affecting the news industry, this publication is a must-have resource for journalists, analysts, news media professionals, social media strategists, researchers, television news producers, and upper-level students in journalism and media studies. This timely industry resource includes key topics on the changing scope of the news and publishing industries including, but not limited to, big data, broadcast journalism, computational journalism, computer-mediated communication, data scraping, digital media, news media, social media, text mining, and user experience.
Introduces the reader to the essentials of good writing, using many examples of previously published work, such as stories and reviews from daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, periodicals and specialist trade journals.
This bestselling, approachable textbook begins from the assertion that the practice of journalism should be driven by a commitment to service the public interest. With this goal in sight, Understanding Journalism explains in a clear and engaging manner both the principles and techniques required to become a successful – and valued – journalist. This new edition: Includes expanded coverage of digital and social media platforms and visual storytelling Contains a brand new chapter on data journalism which gives students the knowledge and skills required to navigate, interpret and present data effectively Encourages students to confront the everyday decisions involved in journalistic practice through a series of scenarios and discussion questions Features a fresh, easy-to-navigate text design to enable easy progress through the book By presenting the theoretical foundations of the profession alongside practical, step-by-step guidance, this book gives students everything they need to become effective and responsible journalists.
Online and social media have become indispensible tools for journalists, but you still have to know how to find and tell a great story. To be a journalist today, you must have not only the practical skills to work with new technologies, but also the understanding of how and why journalism has changed. Combining theory and practice, Online Journalism: The Essential Guide will take you through the classic skills of investigating, writing and reporting as you master the new environments of mobile, on-demand, social, participatory and entrepreneurial journalism. You will also develop must-have skills in app development for smartphones and tablets, as well as techniques in podcast, blog and news website production. What this book does for you: Tips and advice from leading industry experts in their own words QR codes throughout the book to take you straight to multimedia links A fully up-to-date companion website loaded with teaching resources, detailed careers advice and industry insights (http://onlinejournalismguide.com/) Exercises to help you hone your skills Top five guided reading list for each topic, so you can take it further Perfect for students throughout a journalism course, this is your essential guide!
Interviewing for Journalists focuses on the central journalistic skill of how to ask the right questions in the right way. It is a practical and concise guide for all print and online journalists – professionals, students and trainees – who write news stories and features for newspapers, magazines and online publications. In the age of digital journalism, where computer-based research is easily available, this new edition seeks to emphasise the value of getting out there, engaging with people directly and building relationships to create original and meaningful media content. Interviewing for Journalists highlights the many different approaches to interviewing, from vox pops and press conferences to news interviews and in-depth profiles. This third edition features brand new interviews with some of the most successful journalists in the industry, including Camilla Long of The Sunday Times, Heidi Blake of BuzzFeed UK, Brian Viner of the Daily Mail and award-winning freelance writers Cole Moreton and Stephanie Rafanelli. It covers every stage of interviewing, such as research, fixing interviews, structuring questions, body language, how to get vivid quotes and how to handle challenging interviews. The third edition of Interviewing for Journalists includes: advice on how to carry out face-to-face, telephone and online interviews; tips on taking notes, shorthand and recording interviews; guidance on dealing with different interviewees, such as celebrities, politicians and vulnerable people; interviewing tasks to put your journalistic skills into practice; a discussion of ethical and legal issues by Professor Tim Crook of Goldsmiths, University of London.
Science Journalism: An Introduction gives wide-ranging guidance on producing journalistic content about different areas of scientific research. It provides a step-by-step guide to mastering the practical skills necessary for covering scientific stories and explaining the business behind the industry. Martin W. Angler, an experienced science and technology journalist, covers the main stages involved in getting an article written and published; from choosing an idea, structuring your pitch, researching and interviewing, to writing effectively for magazines, newspapers and online publications. There are chapters dedicated to investigative reporting, handling scientific data and explaining scientific practice and research findings to a non-specialist audience. Coverage in the chapters is supported by reading lists, review questions and practical exercises. The book also includes extensive interviews with established science journalists, scholars and scientists that provide tips on building a career in science journalism, address what makes a good reporter and discuss the current issues they face professionally. The book concludes by laying out the numerous available routes into science journalism, such as relevant writing programs, fellowships, awards and successful online science magazines. For students of journalism and professional journalists at all levels, this book offers an invaluable overview of contemporary science journalism with an emphasis on professional journalistic practice and success in the digital age.
Author: Leen d'Haenens,Michaël Opgenhaffen,Maarten Corten
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
This book considers the role journalism education plays in coping with a changing media landscape. It looks at how journalists can empower themselves in an effort to excel in an evolving environment and considers whether it suffices for them to master ‘pre-millennial’ basic skills or whether brand new competencies need to be incorporated. Few dramatic qualifications are spared when discussing the changes that have shaken the news environment during the noughties. Digitization has both empowered and tried professional journalists through multimedia news production, media convergence and not least a maturing commercial internet. Moreover, digitization has also influenced, and been influenced by, other societal changes such as global financial tensions, evolving multicultural societies, and emerging democracies in search for a suitable journalistic paradigm. Indeed, the rather technological evolutions emphasized time and again, cannot be detached from a cultural setting. This is why an investigation in required competencies benefits from an explicit socio-cultural and cross-continental perspective. As this book tackles a varied set of ‘news ecosystems’, it is our hope to offer a nuanced view on what indeed seems to be a global fluidity in journalism practice. Explicit emphasis is put on the role of journalism education as facilitator for, and even innovator in, required journalistic competencies. Time will tell whether or not ‘news ecosystems’ will again stabilize. This volume makes a number of concrete recommendations towards journalism training and discusses a number of case studies across several continents, illustrating how goals are attuned to a changed news environment. As this book links academic paradigms to concrete journalism practice and education, its reading is recommended both for practitioners and educators. This book was originally published as a special issue of Journalism Practice.