By Miles Maguire
News amassing is a huge, advanced and infrequently messy job that has commonly been seen by way of newshounds as irretrievably idiosyncratic, top realized via trial and blunder. Advanced Reporting takes the other strategy, concentrating on reporting as a strategy of triangulation in line with 3 crucial actions: studying files, making observations and undertaking interviews. during this readable e-book, veteran journalism professor Miles Maguire indicates how the simplest journalists use those 3 instruments in a fashion that permits them to cross-check and authenticate evidence, to minimize or dispose of unsupportable allegations and to take readers and audience to a deeper point of perception and understanding.
This publication may also help to arrange scholars for a career marked by means of expanding complexity and festival. to reach this setting, newshounds needs to discover ways to utilize electronic media to accentuate the effect in their paintings. even as, newshounds needs to cope with a number of subtle public kinfolk innovations whereas attractive with information audiences that now not simply eat journalism, but in addition collaborate in its production. dialogue questions and workouts support scholars positioned concept into practice.
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The lesson to be learned here, particularly for inexperienced reporters, is really two-fold. The first part is that if you want to get good stories, you need to practice looking for anomalies. But the truth is that you may not be able to spot anomalies unless you know enough about a subject to see things that are not supposed to be. The second part of the lesson, then, is that taking the time to immerse yourself in a topic—through documentary research, firsthand observation and talking to sources—is an essential step toward becoming a first-rate journalist.
Thus forewarned and forearmed, reporters can more easily maintain an objective stance. Such events require a balanced approach, but fortunately the opportunity to obtain both sides of the story—from plaintiffs and defendants, from liberals and conservatives, from members of the winning and the losing team—is almost built into the situation. The third kind of event is what lawyer, professor and history scholar Daniel J. Boorstin called the “pseudo-event” (1962). These are events that might be viewed as news for the sake of news, events that have been carefully constructed to attract attention and to promote a specific public relations message.
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