Newspaper Reporting

Main topics of study:

What is Journalism:

  • What makes a Good Journalist?
  • The Skills of a Good Journalist
  • Role in Journalism
  • Categories of Written Publication

What is News:

  • News Ideas
  • Assessing News Value
  • Good News & Bad

Gathering News:

  • News Room
  • Contacts & News Leads
  • Investigative Reporting
  • Developing Story Ideas
  • Chasing Facts
  • Making Inquiries
  • Taking Notes
  • Dealing with People
  • Being Fair & Thorough
  • Pictures
  • Sources of Background Information

Interviewing:

  • Preparation
  • Establishing Confidence
  • Coaxing Answers
  • Checking Back
  • Telephone Interviews
  • Controversial Interviews
  • Failed Interviews
  • Vetting Copy

Local Reporting:

  • The District Reporter
  • Developing Contacts
  • Local Organisations
  • People in the Know
  • The Local Angle
  • Diary jobs

News Writing:

  • The Right Angle
  • Style
  • Opening Sentence
  • Grabbing the Reader
  • Order of Facts
  • Quotes
  • Presentation
  • Helping the Reader
  • Complaints
  • Summarising
  • Writing for the National, Local & Other News Markets

Newspaper Language:

  • Newspaper English
  • Journalese
  • Sequence & Structure
  • Storytelling Techniques
  • Bad Habits
  • Style
  • Punctuation
  • Quotes
  • Grammar

News Reporting:

  • Courts
  • Government
  • Politics
  • Business & Industry
  • Religion
  • Sport

Specialist Writing:

  • Feature Writing
  • Arts Reviews

Newspaper Structure:

  • Roles
  • Copy Input
  • Page Production
  • Press & Post Press

Ethics:

  • Press Complaints
  • Accountability
  • Informants
  • People in the News