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Essential Reporting: The NCTJ Guide for Trainee Journalists [Paperback]

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18 Sep 2007 1412947510 978-1412947510
"If you want a book that instructs you about all the technical skills you need to pass the examinations set by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and embark on a career in journalism, then this is the book for you. It outlines the basic knowledge required to succeed as a trainee reporter. Shorthand, intros, writing styles, subbing, layout, the way newsrooms work and how to find things out are among the range of skills described."
- Times Higher Education

"Precisely what it says on the cover - a down-to-earth essential handbook for anyone embarking on a career in journalism. All you need to know about avoiding newsroom minefields and attracting the editor's attention for the right reasons. If only it had been around in my day!'
- Bob Satchwell, Executive Director, Society of Editors

This is a book for everyone who wants to be a journalist: a practical guide to all you need to know, learn and do to succeed as a trainee reporter in today's newsroom.

Although the world of journalism is changing fast, as technology blurs the boundaries between newspapers, radio, television and web-based media, the reporter's core role remains the same: to recognise news, communicate with people, gather information, and create accurate, balanced and readable stories. Essential Reporting, written by an experienced NCTJ examiner, explains how to do this. Contents include:

  • what makes a good reporter
  • what is news, and how to find it
  • how newsrooms work
  • day-to-day life as a reporter
  • key reporting tasks
  • covering courts and councils
  • successful interviewing
  • writing news stories
  • specialist reporting
  • handling sound, pictures and the web

It also contains a wealth of advice, tips and warnings from working journalists, a guide to NCTJ training and examinations, a glossary and a guide to further reading.

It will be invaluable to anyone embarking on a career in journalism and is the NCTJ's recommended introductory text for all students on college and university courses preparing them to become successful reporters.


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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (18 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412947510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412947510
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 18.4 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Precisely what it says on the cover - a down-to-earth essential handbook for anyone embarking on a career in journalism. All you need to know about avoiding newsroom minefields and attracting the editor's attention for the right reasons. If only it had been around in my day!' - Bob Satchwell, Executive Director, Society of Editors

'... an excellent practical guide to the whole business of reporting.' - Writing Magazine


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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Advice for Embryo Journalists 17 Jan 2013
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Easy to read and very good, practical advice for anyone interested in making a future career in the field of journalism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential yes 2 Jun 2014
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Bought this for aspiring young jour no abt to embark on training. Good updating to take proper account of social media etc. Recommend
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