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This book examines the processes used by journalists to define, identify, evaluate and create journalism and: explores the nature of news and the factors influencing news judgement; considers the power journalists exercise in selecting the issues that become news, looking at the ethical implications of these decisions; focuses on primary research; explores the processes us This book examines the processes used by journalists to define, identify, evaluate and create journalism and: explores the nature of news and the factors influencing news judgement; considers the power journalists exercise in selecting the issues that become news, looking at the ethical implications of these decisions; focuses on primary research; explores the processes used in deciding what to omit and what to include in the news depending on a targeted audience; and considers the role of editing in journalism and how it affects media messages.


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This book examines the processes used by journalists to define, identify, evaluate and create journalism and: explores the nature of news and the factors influencing news judgement; considers the power journalists exercise in selecting the issues that become news, looking at the ethical implications of these decisions; focuses on primary research; explores the processes us This book examines the processes used by journalists to define, identify, evaluate and create journalism and: explores the nature of news and the factors influencing news judgement; considers the power journalists exercise in selecting the issues that become news, looking at the ethical implications of these decisions; focuses on primary research; explores the processes used in deciding what to omit and what to include in the news depending on a targeted audience; and considers the role of editing in journalism and how it affects media messages.

35 review for Understanding Journalism

  1. 4 out of 5

    Clare O'Beara

    This is an excellent read for anyone studying journalism, which expects that the reader knows all the basics; it deliberates ethics, interviewing and sub-editing as well as being sent out to cover a story. The setting is often Australia which adds colour to the interviews, such as a survival story of a man and two dogs escaping crocodiles and living off buffalo for weeks in the bush. An example story is given as a scenario with flow charts and suggestions for proceeding; the mayor's wife, tempor This is an excellent read for anyone studying journalism, which expects that the reader knows all the basics; it deliberates ethics, interviewing and sub-editing as well as being sent out to cover a story. The setting is often Australia which adds colour to the interviews, such as a survival story of a man and two dogs escaping crocodiles and living off buffalo for weeks in the bush. An example story is given as a scenario with flow charts and suggestions for proceeding; the mayor's wife, temporarily on mental health medication, shoplifts and is brought to court. Do you print the story? Why would you when you don't print every (far more serious) shoplifting case? Is the mayor's wife the same category of public figure as the elected mayor? Does her illness deserve privacy or should it be mentioned as a mitigating factor, as it was in court? A new story is provided to illustrate each chapter's points. I like this approach as it really gets the reader thinking about the issues. Where the author falls down could be repetition, especially in the chapter on editing, showing us five versions of a story on the road to shortening and improving. I am experienced at editing and other readers may get more value out of this approach. I also dislike her choice of 'but' to illustrate starting a sentence with a preposition. But is almost always a conjunction, not a preposition. Under, over, at, in, on are prepositions. The sole use of 'but' in this context is in the suggested example "Everyone ate frogs' legs but Jack." This sentence is poor English and 'except for' would be much more appropriate. If the author wants to tell us not to start a sentence with a conjunction, 'but' would be fine. I like the way that references are added to content, nice quotes about the work of journalism and musings on ethics sprinkled through the text with a book list at the end of each chapter. The final reference section gives all authors quoted by initials so I was unable to say how many women were listed. Seven names which I could be sure were female were in the brief index. I borrowed this book from Dublin Business School Library. This is an unbiased review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Simm

    I used this book in my reference for a university essay so I haven't actually read the whole book, but it was helpful for my university work. Every book I use for university work I mark as read, but I don't know if that's cheating or not, but technically I spend hours reading one or so chapters for my university essays, so they do actually count. I used this book in my reference for a university essay so I haven't actually read the whole book, but it was helpful for my university work. Every book I use for university work I mark as read, but I don't know if that's cheating or not, but technically I spend hours reading one or so chapters for my university essays, so they do actually count.

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    Martin Hassman

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    AnaSmile

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    Adusei Claudia

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    Ken Morrison

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