The universal journalist /

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Author / Creator:Randall, David, 1951-
Edition:2nd ed.
Imprint:London ; Sterling Va. : Pluto Press, 2000.
Description:ix, 225 p. ; 22 cm.
Language:English
Subject:Journalism.
Reporters and reporting.
Journalism.
Reporters and reporting.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/4441473
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ISBN:0745316425
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [218-220]) and index.
Table of Contents:
  • Acknowledgements
  • Readers' values
  • Comment in news stories
  • The big I
  • Political correctness
  • Analysis
  • Leaders or editorial opinion pieces
  • Columnists
  • Obituaries
  • Reviews
  • 19. How To Be A Great Reporter
  • Hard work
  • 3. What Is News?
  • The application of intelligence
  • Intellectual courage
  • Meticulousness
  • Consuming appetite for books
  • A good knowledge of journalism's past
  • Obsessive nature
  • Reading for Journalists
  • Index
  • What is news?
  • News values
  • News value factors
  • A sliding scale for stories
  • 4. Where Do Good Stories Come From?
  • The habits of successful reporters
  • Non-obvious sources
  • News editors
  • Preface
  • Stories that good reporters avoid
  • 5. Research
  • What you should be looking for
  • Where to get it
  • Researching online
  • Printed sources
  • Research as a foreign correspondent
  • 6. Handling Sources, Not Them Handling You
  • Guidelines for dealing with any source
  • Official sources
  • 1. What Makes A Good Reporter?
  • Handling unauthorised sources
  • Unattributable sources 'off the record'
  • Getting too close to sources
  • 7. Questioning
  • How to approach people
  • The most useful questions in journalism
  • Questioning uneasy sources
  • Questioning elusive, evasive and hostile sources
  • Questioning by email
  • Press conferences
  • Attitudes
  • Celebrity interviews
  • 8. Reporting Numbers and Statistics
  • Questioning data
  • Averages
  • Distribution
  • Percentages
  • Per head
  • Surveys
  • Opinion polls
  • Correlation
  • Character
  • Projections
  • Real versus apparent rise
  • 9. Investigative Reporting
  • What is investigative reporting?
  • Productive areas to investigate
  • Investigative reporting skills
  • How to run investigative operations
  • 10. How To Cover Major Incidents
  • How to make sure your coverage of a disaster doesn't turn into one
  • Death tolls
  • A great reporter
  • The death call
  • All reporters are tough, aren't they?
  • 11. Mistakes, Corrections and Hoaxes
  • Mistakes
  • How should you respond to mistakes?
  • Great newspaper hoaxes
  • 12. Ethics
  • General guidelines
  • Grey areas
  • 13. Writing for Newspapers
  • 2. The Limitations of Journalism
  • Planning
  • Clarity
  • Fresh language
  • Honesty
  • Precision
  • Suitability
  • Efficiency
  • Revision
  • The joys of writing
  • 14. Intros
  • Owners' priorities
  • How to write sharp intros
  • Hard news approach
  • Other approaches
  • A word about feature intros
  • 15. Construction and Description
  • Construction guidelines
  • Analysing story structures
  • Payoffs
  • Attribution
  • Description
  • The journalistic culture
  • 16. Handling Quotes
  • When do you use quotes?
  • Accuracy
  • Efficiency
  • Attributing quotes
  • Inventing quotes
  • 17. Different Ways To Tell A Story
  • Different approaches
  • How to write everything from a fly-on-the-wall piece to a backgrounder
  • 18. Comment, Intentional and Otherwise