Advanced Reporting: Essential Skills for 21st Century by Miles Maguire

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By Miles Maguire

News accumulating is a huge, complex and infrequently messy job that has frequently been seen via reporters as irretrievably idiosyncratic, top realized via trial and mistake. Advanced Reporting takes the other method, concentrating on reporting as a technique of triangulation in line with 3 crucial actions: reading records, making observations and undertaking interviews. during this readable ebook, veteran journalism professor Miles Maguire exhibits how the easiest journalists use those 3 instruments in a manner that enables them to cross-check and authenticate proof, to lessen or put off unsupportable allegations and to take readers and audience to a deeper point of perception and understanding.

This publication might help to organize scholars for a occupation marked through expanding complexity and festival. to achieve this atmosphere, newshounds needs to discover ways to utilize electronic media to accentuate the impression in their paintings. whilst, newshounds needs to take care of a number of subtle public kin strategies whereas enticing with information audiences that not simply eat journalism, but in addition collaborate in its construction. dialogue questions and workouts aid scholars placed thought into practice.

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Imagine that a famous athlete or a movie star is caught speeding or driving drunk. It’s their celebrity that turns a routine, thousand-times-a-day kind of event into a headline. DEFINING NEWS • Impact refers to the outcome or consequences of an event. A traffic accident that is no more than a fender-bender may reduce highway traffic to a crawl, but it is unlikely to make it into the nightly news or into the print or online news columns. On the other hand, an accident with life-threatening injuries will draw notice—though not as much attention as a crash in which a person (or perhaps more than one) is killed.

S. energy consumption. The reporters, Lisa Song, Elizabeth McGowan and David Hasemyer, did not stop there, but continued to pursue the topic, highlighting additional inconsistencies that they discovered. Subsequent stories focused attention on weaknesses in the leak-detection technology that the pipeline industry says reduces the need for tougher oversight. A key finding was that the general public is more likely to detect a leak than the automated systems the industry installs. Another unsettling fact that the website uncovered was that a section of the replacement pipeline was to run through the Lake Michigan watershed, which provides water to 10 million people, and would do so without employing the best available leak-detection technology.

This is manmade news, not naturally occurring news, but it works. According to Boorstin, “Once the celebration has been held, the celebration itself becomes evidence that the hotel really is a distinguished institution. The occasion actually gives the hotel the prestige to which it is pretending” (1962, 10). Boorstin goes on to identify the characteristics of a pseudo-event. First, it is planned rather than allowed to arise out of the natural flow of human activity. Second, it is intended to be the subject of a news report and so is designed for the convenience of journalists, who are assisted in their 33 34 THE ELEMENTS OF REPORTING Politicians use pseudo-events, such as this announcement by President Barack Obama in the White House Rose Garden, to get attention and shape public opinion.

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