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Essential Reporting

The NCTJ Guide for Trainee Journalists

Essential Reporting by Jon Smith
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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 reporter
  • what is news, and how to find it
  • how newsrooms work
  • day-to-day life as a reporter
  • key reporting tasks
  • covering courts and councils
  • successful interviewing
  • writing news stories
  • specialist reporting
  • handling 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.

SAGE Publications; September 2007
280 pages; ISBN 9781446259641
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Title: Essential Reporting
Author: Jon Smith; Joanne Butcher
 
ISBNs
1412947502
9781412947503
9781446205013
9781446259641