Essential Reporting: The NCTJ Guide for Trainee Journalists

Essential Reporting: The NCTJ Guide for Trainee Journalists

By: Jon Smith (author), Joanne Butcher (author)Paperback

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"If you want a book that instructs you about all the technical skills you need to pass the examinations set by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and embark on a career in journalism, then this is the book for you. It outlines the basic knowledge required to succeed as a trainee reporter. Shorthand, intros, writing styles, subbing, layout, the way newsrooms work and how to find things out are among the range of skills described." - Times Higher Education "Precisely what it says on the cover - a down-to-earth essential handbook for anyone embarking on a career in journalism. All you need to know about avoiding newsroom minefields and attracting the editor's attention for the right reasons. If only it had been around in my day!' - Bob Satchwell, Executive Director, Society of Editors This is a book for everyone who wants to be a journalist: a practical guide to all you need to know, learn and do to succeed as a trainee reporter in today's newsroom. Although the world of journalism is changing fast, as technology blurs the boundaries between newspapers, radio, television and web-based media, the reporter's core role remains the same: to recognise news, communicate with people, gather information, and create accurate, balanced and readable stories. Essential Reporting, written by an experienced NCTJ examiner, explains how to do this. Contents include: what makes a good reporterwhat is news, and how to find ithow newsrooms workday-to-day life as a reporterkey reporting taskscovering courts and councilssuccessful interviewingwriting news storiesspecialist reportinghandling sound, pictures and the web It also contains a wealth of advice, tips and warnings from working journalists, a guide to NCTJ training and examinations, a glossary and a guide to further reading. It will be invaluable to anyone embarking on a career in journalism and is the NCTJ's recommended introductory text for all students on college and university courses preparing them to become successful reporters.


What you Need Character, Attitude, Knowledge, Skills, EquipmentWhat's News? What News Stories Have in Common - and Why Some Get PrintedFinding Out News and Information SourcesA Day in the Life What it's Like Being a ReporterFirst Tasks Handouts, Calls, Weddings, Anniversaries, Retirements, DeathsOut and About Public events, Speeches, Meetings, Press conferences, PicturesTalking to People Vox pops, Ring-rounds, Surveys, Interviews, Death knocksThe Unexpected Major incidents, Weather stories, Human interestShaping the Story Story length, Structure, Angles, IntrosWriting the Words News stories, Writing for pictures, PresentationEnglish Matters Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling, StyleWorking Online Reporting, Writing, Designing, InteractingAudio and Video Multi-media, Audio & Radio, Video & TVCourt Reporting Courts, Inquests, Tribunals, InquiriesLocal Politics Contacts, Councils, Town halls, Political parties, MPs, ElectionsSpecialist Areas Sport, Crime, Education, Environment, Health, Industry, District reportingFeatures News backgrounders, Entertainment features, ReviewsTraining A guide to the NCTJ

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  • ISBN13: 9781412947510
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9781412947510
  • ISBN10: 1412947510

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