New PDF release: Writing for Journalists

By Wynford Hicks, Sally Adams, Harriett Gilbert, Tim Holmes

ISBN-10: 0203927109

ISBN-13: 9780203927106

ISBN-10: 0415460204

ISBN-13: 9780415460200

ISBN-10: 0415460212

ISBN-13: 9780415460217

Praise for the 1st edition:

'There are books which are badly written, books which are good written and books that you simply want you would written. this can be one of many latter. Hicks and his co-writers produce a e-book that may be a pleasure to learn and is packed packed with worthwhile advice.' - Chris Frost, Journalist

'You do not have to be a journalist to learn this ebook. a person with an curiosity in enhancing their writing abilities and constructing a feeling of excellent kind will locate it precious Wynford Hicks takes a no-nonsense, sleeves rolled up method of writing which has no time for preciousness.' - Roy Johnson, Mantex 'Writing for newshounds neatly fills a niche available in the market for a no-nonsense booklet for trainees written by way of running shoes who certainly comprehend the and who've moved with the times.' - Sharon Wheeler, Journalism Studies

Writing for Journalists is set the craft of journalistic writing: how you can positioned one be aware after one other in order that the reader will get the message – or the shaggy dog story – is going on examining and springs again for extra. it's a sensible advisor for all those that write for newspapers, periodicals and internet sites, no matter if scholars, trainees or execs.

This revised and up to date variation introduces the reader to the necessities of excellent writing. in response to severe research of stories tales, beneficial properties and experiences from day-by-day and weekly papers, buyer magazines, expert alternate journals and numerous web content, Writing for Journalists includes:

  • advice on tips on how to commence writing and the way to enhance and strengthen your style
  • how to jot down a information tale that's informative, concise and readable
  • tips on function writing from getting to know profiles to writing product round-ups
  • how to constitution and write reviews
  • a new bankruptcy on writing on-line copy

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When you start a new sentence or a new par you are effectively saying to the reader: ‘also’. That does not mean that these words and phrases are always wrong but you should not strain to include them in traditional news stories. Journalese and jargon Most of what is called journalese – whether downmarket (‘axe’ for ‘sack’) or upmarket (‘sustain injury’ for ‘be hurt’) – is bad writing and you should avoid it. ‘Following’ for ‘after’ is certainly an example of this. But certain code words can be useful – to maximise the amount of information you can convey to the reader.

Features start from an idea, which should suit the publication and interest the readership. There are few, if any, that are new. Two initial factors to consider are time and manageability. It’s best to avoid features needing quotes from European academics in August, for example, because of the great escape from the heat of the cities. Similarly, avoid needing phone interviews with Singapore businessmen for a UK publication because of the time difference, unless you are able to work very early in the morning or late at night.

Content and approach? How many words are wanted? Vast choice from 8,000 (Vanity Fair), down to ‘featurettes’ at 300–350. Best to deliver slightly more than required as it’s easier to cut than fill. Deadline? Try to be realistic. Genre/type? Will the feature be news-pegged (inspired by or linked to a news story), investigative, a think piece (your views on a given subject), analysis (subject assessed with pro and con quotes and facts), a personalised column? Subject/angle? Huge choice again: celebrities are astonishingly popular as subjects, with angles being almost anything – celebrity profile, celebrity gossip, fashion, heartbreak, new house, new dog – there seems no end; business ditto, individuals or groups (sports teams, orchestras, clubs, councils); specialist topics (fashion, cooking, motoring, travel, history, jobs, children), product stories/reviews/tests?

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