By Carole Fleming, Emma Hemmingway, Gillian Moore, Dave Welford

An advent to Journalism examines the abilities had to paintings as a journalist in newspapers, tv, radio, and on-line. This publication offers case stories as a consultant to gaining knowledge of tales, interviewing, and writing for every medium, in addition to recording fabric for either radio and television. It offers a wide selection of reviews and tips about easy methods to method tales and contains interviews with reporters engaged on numerous information retailers, from the BBC to weekly newspapers.

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Introduction to Journalism

An advent to Journalism examines the talents had to paintings as a journalist in newspapers, tv, radio, and on-line. This booklet offers case reviews as a consultant to studying tales, interviewing, and writing for every medium, in addition to recording fabric for either radio and television. It offers a wide selection of reviews and pointers on how one can procedure tales and comprises interviews with newshounds engaged on various information retailers, from the BBC to weekly newspapers.

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This all takes time to get to grips with, but it can pay off. Planning applications and developments often make good local news stories, as do applications for licence extensions to public buildings such as pubs and night clubs. Some of the typical issues dealt with by the local authority that can make good news stories include: housing, employment, social services, schools, hospitals, corruption cases, the contracting-out of council services, planning applications and local politics. With so many potential news stories situated in one building, it’s certainly worthwhile spending some time getting to know the key players and those who can tip you off with possible story ideas.

How else can you get to the story without having to talk to this particular person? There will be another way round – you’ve just got to find it. If you’re in this position, before you finally end the call, make sure to ask whether you can come back to them if you find out anything else. This will give you a way back in should you find someone to back up your story. You will need a good deal of lateral thinking even before you start making your phone calls. Sometimes you’ll get a few facts that in themselves don’t really add up to a story.

NEWSROOM DIARIES The news diary is a key tool in every newsroom. It consists of events that are known about in advance, from seasonal happenings like the annual Christmas lights switch-on, to special occasions like a royal visit. Typically it would also include reminders about the start or finish of important court cases or public inquiries, as well as press conferences. The diary provides the basis for the daily news conference where stories are discussed and allocated to reporters. Diary stories remove some of the uncertainty of filling a newspaper or news programme because the coverage of events can be planned in advance.

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