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News Writing and Reporting

An Introduction to Skills and Theory

Edited by Bruce Gillespie

This concise guide to mastering the fundamentals of journalism focuses on essential skills before exploring theory through a selection of readings by journalists and scholars. Providing a balanced foundation in journalism practice and thought, News Writing and Reporting helps students 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 offered out of Journalism and Communications departments at universities and colleges.


  • "If a student is considering a career or a major in journalism, this book will teach them what they need to know about the profession and how to do it well."

  • "News Writing and Reporting is written in a clear, concise, accessible style that is easy to read. The exercises provided allow students to put into direct practice the concepts which they have just learned. The segment on how to find story ideas should be printed and posted beside every working reporter's desk."
    --Susan Fuehr, University of Windsor

  • "News Writing and Reporting provides detailed and deconstructed explanations of core journalistic concepts. The ethics section is vivid and 'real-world' and the suggested further readings at the end of chapters are deep and well thought out."
    --James Turner, Red River College

Note: All chapters include:
- Introduction
- Conclusion
- Discussion Questions (except for Ch. 2)
- Suggested Further Reading and Useful Websites
An Introduction to Journalism Skills
1. What Is Journalism? Who Is a Journalist?
What Is Journalism?
Who Is a Journalist?
2. News Writing
Writing with Style
Grammar and Punctuation Review
Writing for News
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
4. Evaluating Newsworthiness and Developing Story Ideas
Evaluating Newsworthiness
Generating Story Ideas
Developing Strong Story Ideas
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
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
7. Legal and Ethical Considerations for News Reporters
Legal Considerations for News Reporters
Ethical Considerations for News Reporters
Conflict of Interest
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

Canadian Press Style, Grammar, and Writing Lessons:
- 12 videos providing additional instruction on Canadian Press style, grammar, and writing
- Topics include:
-- Abbreviations
-- Capitalization
-- Common Faults
-- Numbers
-- Plurals
-- Possessives
-- Punctuation
-- And more!
- 20 practice questions per lesson designed to accompany the videos
E-Book ISBN 9780199021161

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
Reporting for the Media - John R. Bender, Lucinda D. Davenport, Michael W. Drager, Fred Fedler, Maxine Ruvinsky and Charles Hays
News Writing and Reporting - Christopher Scanlan and Richard Craig
Digging Deeper - Robert Cribb, Dean Jobb, David McKie and Fred Vallance-Jones

Special Features

  • Combines theory and practice to provide a balanced introduction to the field with 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.
  • Readings contributed by experts in the field explore essential topics - such as journalism in a social media world, racist and sexist discourses in the news, and the responsible communication defence.
  • Written for Canadian students - prepares future journalists for the realities and challenges of working in the Canadian journalism industry by addressing relevant topics such as navigating Indigenous customs and protocols when interviewing and reporting.
  • Takes a cross-platform approach to reflect the modern realities of reporting, interviewing, and gathering information for different mediums.
  • Encourages critical thinking by pairing skills instruction with readings on current issues, challenging students to consider the broader effects of how they practice journalism.
  • Online videos and practice questions help to familiarize students with Canadian Press style, grammar, and writing.