Title, Basic News Writing. Author, Melvin Mencher. Edition, 2. Publisher, Wm. C. Brown Publishers, Original from, the University of California. Digitized, Feb . Melvin Mencher is the author of News Writing and Reporting, the text that set the standard for the field, now in its Eleventh Edition. He has extensive experience. This edition continues to illustrate the principles of news reporting and writing with telling examples from print and broadcast journalism. Students are shown.

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The reporter who puts writing before fact gathering will achieve notoriety of a sort, if he or she is clever enough. No eBook available Amazon. He had a steady job, equity in the house and little debt, but they turned him down.

News Reporting and Writing. How best to put the Florida execution mencuer words? Smith’s weather forecast is a little joke. It is the murder of her fourth husband that got Margaret Elkin in trouble. They are told about the who, what, where, when, why and how leads; the anecdotal, clause, contrast, direct address, staccato, gag, shotgun and quote leads; and a score of others.

Basic News Writing

Focus on the Journalist. By taking the narrative or chronological approach or by focusing on an individual or an incident, they mwncher that the reader will somehow figure out just what the news point is. Here is a delayed lead on a feature about a man who runs a demolition company. The hulking slugger with the vicious punch to match his personality teed off on Floyd Patterson, knocked the champion down and out at 2: We take leave of Sarah as she ponders the fourth and fifth questions.


Awal marked it as to-read Nov 02, We’ve already seen how newsmagazines do this. The knockout punch was there for everyone to see.

Looking back at the direct news leads in this section, we can generalize about their essentials. Good journalism is the accurate communication of an event to a reader, viewer or listener.

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Notice the detail Buchanan supplies: The suspense is part of the attraction of the delayed lead. Write a customer review. This is why finding the theme is No.

Health centers were set up in Rwanda in an attempt to lure refugees back to their country writjng neighboring Zaire, to which they had fled. Here’s a direct lead by Aljean Harmetz of The New York Times for a business story, which we usually think of as a dry subject with ,encher to match: Supreme Court and a towering figure in the civil rights movement, died Sunday of heart failure.

Sep 27, Jeremy added it Shelves: Not much artistry here, just the facts. What ran through the mind of the reporter who wrote this lead?

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Newz Wendell Johnson, a professor of psychology and speech pathology at the University of Iowa, put it, “Communication is writing about something for someone.

Many weak leads are the result of inadequate reporting.

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We slept last night in the enemy’s camp. If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood basix like, and how my parents were occupied, and all that David Copperfield kind of writkng, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.


At the end of story, there is a fleeting mention that her father enjoys gardening.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. But then more doubts. Why don’t you use your first lead and move up the third item, the one on Stanley Street, and put it first in the list? Without good reporting no story can shine, much less be complete. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. All the reporters agreed on the news angle writiny theme — Liston’s quick knockout of Patterson.

Rule Breakers, but Memorable. One of the reasons is the writer’s use of action verbs that propel the reader through to the end. Clearly, I need a direct lead here. Four bxsic them seem to deal with traffic. When you are tempted, consider this lead and imagine the editor’s explosion when it popped out on his screen: It was not just writlng pan but a frying pan with which No.