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How to be a Journalist

by

David Stephenson

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2012 David Stephenson



Introduction

This is the ideal ebook for the student journalist. It tells you everything you need to know about news, news reporting and news writing. It draws on my 30 years’ experience in broadcast and newspaper journalism at the highest level, as both an editor and writer. Once you read this ebook, you will be able to develop contacts, source news, and then write the stories. The book also contains practical exercises so you can put your new-found knowledge to the test. This ebook is a combination of three books from my How to be a Journalist series, numbers 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 & 4.0. Good luck, and I hope it proves useful.

David Stephenson

What is news?

This is one of the most difficult questions for a student journalist to grasp. But you can take consolation from the fact that it has also taxed many media theorists who seem no closer to coming up with a satisfactory definition. Even most working journalists will give you a strange look if you ask them why they think one story is newsworthy while another is not. They will probably tell you that it is an instinctive decision on their part.

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