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The universal journalist

Author: David Randall
Publisher: London ; Sterling Va. : Pluto Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
Good journalists share a common commitment to the search for truth, often in far from ideal circumstances. With this assertion, the author emphasises that good journalism isn't just about objectives, but also the range of skills involved.

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Randall, David, 1951-
Universal journalist.
London ; Sterling Va. : Pluto Press, 2000
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Randall
ISBN: 0745316425 9780745316420 0745316417 9780745316413
OCLC Number: 43481682
Description: ix, 225 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: What Makes A Good Reporter? --
Attitudes --
Character --
A great reporter --
The Limitations of Journalism --
Owners' priorities --
The journalistic culture --
Readers' values --
What Is News? --
News values --
News value factors --
A sliding scale for stories --
Where Do Good Stories Come From? --
The habits of successful reporters --
Non-obvious sources --
Stories that good reporters avoid --
Research --
What you should be looking for --
Where to get it --
Handling Sources, Not Them Handling You --
Guidelines for dealing with any source --
Official sources --
Handling Unauthorised sources --
Unattributable sources --
Getting too close to sources --
Questioning --
Questioning uneasy sources --
Questioning evasive and hostile sources --
Press conferences --
Personality interviews --
Reporting Numbers and Statistics --
Questioning data --
Averages --
Distribution --
Percentages --
Per head --
Surveys --
Opinion polls --
Correlation --
Projections --
Real versus apparent rise --
Online Research --
The Web --
Guides --
Journalism resources --
News sites --
Searching --
Advanced search features --
How to evaluate Web pages --
Other tips for surfers --
Newsgroups --
Message boards --
Lists --
Investigative Reporting --
What is investigative reporting? --
Productive areas to investigate --
Investigative reporting skills --
How to run investigative operations --
How To Cover Major Incidents --
How to make sure your coverage of a disaster doesn't turn into one --
Death tolls --
The death call.
Responsibility: David Randall.
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Fully updated, this handbook provides a basic introduction to all aspects of being a journalist, with new chapters on online journalism and handling statistics. It sets out to empower journalists to  Read more...


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'I like its common-sense practicality, its firm belief in honest reporting, and its commitment to quality... David Randall's fluent style and his superb range of examples make this book a pleasure to Read more...

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