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News Writing and Reporting

An Introduction to Skills and Theory

Edited by Bruce Gillespie

News Writing and Reporting: An Introduction to Skills and Theory is a concise, friendly guide to mastering the fundamentals of journalism practice in Canada. Award-winning Canadian writer and editor Bruce Gillespie demonstrates essential skills - such as conducting interviews, evaluating newsworthiness, developing story ideas, and recognizing legal and ethical issues - which are followed by a compelling selection of readings written by foremost journalism experts and scholars in Canada, including Duncan McCue, Ivor Shapiro, and Yasmin Jiwani. Together, these experts provide students with a well-informed, balanced foundation in journalism practice and thought. Complete with exercises and examples that are seamlessly integrated into this upbeat narrative, along with end-of-chapter discussion questions and further resources, News Writing and Reporting motivates students to develop practical skills and think critically about the roles and responsibilities of journalists today.

Readership : Newswriting and Reporting is intended for students taking first- and second-year introduction to journalism courses. These courses are offered out of journalism and communications departments at universities and colleges nationwide.

An Introduction to Journalism Skills
1. What Is Journalism? Who Is a Journalist?
What Is Journalism?
Who Is a Journalist?
Discussion Questions
Suggested Further Reading and Useful Websites
2. News Writing
Writing with Style
Grammar and Punctuation Review
Writing for News
Suggested Further Reading and Useful Websites
Answer Key
3. News Story Structure
Breaking News
A Short History of News Writing
The Inverted Pyramid
News Story Analysis
News Writing Exercise
The Writing Process
Discussion Questions
Suggested Further Reading and Useful Websites
4. Evaluating Newsworthiness and Developing Story Ideas
Evaluating Newsworthiness
Generating Story Ideas
Developing Strong Story Ideas
Discussion Questions
Suggested Further Reading and Useful Websites
5. Reporting Techniques for News
Conceptualizing Reporting
Types of Sources
The Reporting Process
Source Diversity and Representation
False Balance
Numeracy for News Reporters
Reporting Tips
Discussion Questions
Suggested Further Reading and Useful Websites
6. Interviewing for News
Conceptualizing the News Interview
Misconceptions about Interviewing
Crafting Interview Questions
Types of Interviews
Using Email to Contact Sources
Preparing for an Interview
Conducting an Interview
Becoming a More Confident Interviewer
Discussion Questions
Suggested Further Reading and Useful Websites
7. Legal and Ethical Considerations for News Reporters
Legal Considerations for News Reporters
Ethical Considerations for News Reporters
Conflict of Interest
Discussion Questions
Suggested Further Reading and Useful Websites
An Introduction to Journalism Theory
Reading 1 Dispatches from "Indian Country": How To Navigate Indigenous Customs and Protocols Duncan McCue
Reading 2 Responsible Communication: A Good Journalist's Best Defence Against a Defamation Lawsuit Lisa Taylor
Reading 3 Government Public Relations: Between Politics and Administration Simon Kiss
Reading 4 Racist and Sexist Discourses in the News Yasmin Jiwani
Reading 5 Shifting the Fulcrum: Recalibrating the Practice of Journalistic Objectivity for a Social Media World Maija Saari
Reading 6 What Is Journalism, Anyway? Ivor Shapiro
Reading 7 Without Favour: The Concentration of Ownership in New Brunswick's Print Media Industry Toby D. Couture

- These 12 videos will provide additional instruction on Canadian Press style, grammar, and writing.
Question Bank:
- Designed to accompany the videos, the question bank will include 240 practice questions in total and give additional practice to students.

Bruce Gillespie is an associate professor in the Digital Media and Journalism program at Wilfrid Laurier University and an award-winning Canadian writer and editor. His work has appeared in a wide range of Canadian media, including Canadian Geographic, This Magazine, the National Post, Quill & Quire, Chatelaine, and Saturday Night. He is the editor of A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships (TouchWood Editions) and the co-editor of two other anthologies of creative nonfiction. Bruce Gillespie is also a former Editor-in-Chief of J-Source, the Canadian Journalism Project's website.

Making Sense - Margot Northey and Joan McKibbin
Feature Writing for Journalism and Media Students - Dan Rowe

Special Features

  • Skills and Theory. A hybrid textbook and contributed reader, News Writing and Reporting presents students with a balanced approach to journalism by including seven skills-based chapters - focusing on areas such as grammar, evaluating newsworthiness, and ethical reporting - along with seven theoretical readings written by expert Canadian journalists and journalism scholars.
  • Cross-Platform Approach. Written to reflect the modern realities of journalism in Canada, the text considers cross-platform approaches to reporting, interviewing, gathering information, and finding sources.
  • Expert Contributors. Contributed readings exploring essential topics - such as journalism in a social media world, racist and sexist discourses in the news, and the responsible communication defence - prompt students to think critically and take a well-informed approach to news writing and reporting.
  • Canadian. Specifically written for Canadian students, News Writing and Reporting addresses Canadian topics, such as navigating Indigenous customs and protocols when interviewing and reporting, and prepares future journalists for the realities and challenges of working in the Canadian journalism industry.
  • Encourages Critical Thinking. With readings on current issues adjacent to skills instruction, News Writing and Reporting challenges students to think critically about news media and the broader effects of how they practice journalism.
  • Online Exercises. News Writing and Reporting includes a wealth of online exercises, written by the author, for students to practice the skills presented in the text.