By Miles Maguire
News amassing is a huge, advanced and infrequently messy activity that has usually been considered by means of newshounds as irretrievably idiosyncratic, most sensible discovered via trial and blunder. Advanced Reporting takes the other strategy, targeting reporting as a technique of triangulation in line with 3 crucial actions: interpreting files, making observations and carrying out interviews. during this readable booklet, veteran journalism professor Miles Maguire indicates how the simplest newshounds use those 3 instruments in a manner that enables them to cross-check and authenticate evidence, to lessen or do away with unsupportable allegations and to take readers and audience to a deeper point of perception and understanding.
This publication may also help to organize scholars for a career marked by way of expanding complexity and festival. to achieve this setting, reporters needs to learn how to utilize electronic media to accentuate the effect in their paintings. even as, newshounds needs to cope with a bunch of refined public kinfolk ideas whereas attractive with information audiences that now not simply eat journalism, but in addition collaborate in its construction. dialogue questions and routines aid scholars placed idea into practice.
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Extra info for Advanced Reporting: Essential Skills for 21st Century Journalism
Newer forms of technology, especially cell phones equipped with keyboards and cameras, mean news reports can be generated by anyone carrying such a device. Such information surely has its place in news coverage, but it should not enjoy the same status as work prepared according to professional protocols that specify the techniques of reporting, their appropriate selection and application, or the minimum level of skill in the use of such techniques. Reporters who are conscious of their craft should arguably be placed in a different category than those who claim to be journalists but do not follow those craft conventions.
When did the fire start? Where did it occur? Why did it happen? On the second day, a reporter might decide to delve into just one of these areas, developing profiles of the victims, for example, or interviewing arson investigators to find out the causes of the blaze. Another approach to enterprise coverage is to write in anticipation of some event. If a major movie star has a film that is about to be released, some publications might find that an appropriate time to assign a profile story about the star.
Waiting emergency rooms are not supposed to go unused because nearly all of the casualties from the collapse are fatalities, buried in the rubble. Open the pages of your local newspaper, turn the channel to TV news, log on to the Internet. Again and again you will find that what’s been published, broadcast or posted as news is, to one degree or another, something that’s not supposed to be. A bicyclist out for some exercise on a country road is not supposed to get hit by a drunken driver. An elected official is not supposed to be exchanging steamy emails with a woman who is not his wife.
Advanced Reporting: Essential Skills for 21st Century Journalism by Miles Maguire