Practical Newspaper Reporting (4th ed.)

by David B Spark, Geoffrey Harris

Now in its fourth edition, this classic textbook has grown up alongside the newspaper industry. Today, as ever, it provides students of newspaper journalism with a toolkit for gathering news and filling ever-increasing space with first-rate copy for print and online.

Detailed and down-to-earth, this book delivers:

• Guidance on news gathering, from government and business to sport and religion

• Guidance on news writing, drawing on over 300 examples that have appeared in print, discussing why they work or how they could have been better

• Guidance on feature writing, including profiles, comment, leading articles, obituaries and reviews

• Specific chapters on ethical reporting and the possibilities and pitfalls of investigative journalism

• A review of the new financial realities that the internet is imposing on the media.

Informed by over half a century's professional experience and fully revised to give a nuanced account of the skills required in an online environment, this book is an essential companion for your journalism degree and beyond.


  • SAGE Publications; November 2010
  • ISBN: 9781446248317
  • Edition: 4
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
  • Title: Practical Newspaper Reporting
  • Author: David B Spark; Geoffrey Harris
  • Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd

In The Press

David Spark's down to earth advice on the essentials of reporting is distilled from a lifetime of experience but as fresh and practical as if he were at your elbow in the newsroom. His newcomers' guide to the web as a tool for reporting is especially useful
Sir Harold Evans
former Editor of The Sunday Times


To those who may think that formal journalism is a dying art this book offers a splendid rejoinder. It is for all those who purport to write that others may read
Sir Simon Jenkins
Guardian columnist and former Editor of The Times