A Beginner's Guide to Becoming a Journalist
Author: Anthony Ekanem
Category: Biography & Autobiography
View: 1154A great many people who want to be writers say that they want to have a career in journalism. They may envision themselves going to exotic locales to cover stories. While these things do happen to journalists, it takes a long time to make your bones before you are sent on any interesting assignments. A journalist is someone who reports on timely events. Timing is everything to a journalist. Whether you write for a periodical or a newspaper, you need to make sure that your articles are timely. Your purpose is to keep the public as up to date as possible when it comes to news and events that may affect them. This is the basic concept of being a journalist. As a journalist, it is your job to reveal information to the public. This should be impartial, timely and truthful. To get into the computer system of the first journalism job that I had, the password was “truth.” You have to write the truth of what you see and hear and let the public form an opinion. You need to always quote sources when you are writing a journalism piece as you should not attribute anything to your own knowledge. Your articles should be written from a third person point of view and from the outside looking in. As you continue in your career, you will find your voice when it comes to your writing. Do not be surprised if your first articles are rewritten by your editor. Another rule that you need to learn when you are starting a career as a journalist is to not fall in love with your own work. Do not feel hurt if an editor does not like a phrase in your article, or makes some changes. They are only doing their job. You will soon get to know the editor and they will get to know your style of writing. A journalist usually gets a job as a news reporter, and both news reporting and journalism are careers that are interchangeable. While many people think of journalists as writing on top stories or features all over the world, the education that you need to become a newspaper reporter and to be a writer for a magazine is the same - a degree in journalism. Anyone who writes an impartial article, be it news or feature stories, is practicing journalism. If you choose to have a career in journalism, you will most likely get many different assignments in your career. The basic rules of journalism apply to everything that you write. Many people feel that newspaper reporters only report the news and give more credit to journalists as they investigate the news - this is not true. Most newspaper reporters do a fair share of investigation into their stories, or should. Those who report on crimes in the area and court actions are usually editors who have done their fair share of investigating in their stories. You will quickly learn, when you are embarking on a career in journalism, which the more you look into a story, the better the story will be. Sometimes you have time to do this, other times you are working on a tight deadline. You should be able to work on a tight deadline when you are a journalist. Not only is this important if you are writing news stories, but it is also great training for any writer. The more you write, the more concise your work will become and the better quality you will be able to churn out in record time. If you are interested in being a journalist, sit back and start reading. This book will tell you everything you need to know about becoming a journalist and making a living writing - both online and off line.
Author: Lonely Planet,Don George
Publisher: Lonely Planet
View: 3397Bursting with invaluable advice, this inspiring and practical guide, fully revised and updated in this new edition, is a must for anyone who yearns to write about travel - whether they aspire to make their living from it or simply enjoy jotting in a journal for posterity. You don't have to make money to profit from travel writing. Sometimes, the richest rewards are in the currency of experience. How to be a Travel Writer reveals the varied possibilities that travel writing offers and inspires all travellers to take advantage of those opportunities. That's where the journey begins - where it takes you is up to you. Let legendary travel writer Don George show you the way with his invaluable tips on: The secrets of crafting a great travel story How to conduct pre-trip and on-the-road research Effective interviewing techniques How to get your name in print (and money in your bank account) Quirks of writing for newspapers, magazines, online and books Extensive listings of writers' resources and industry organisations Interviews with established writers, editors and agents About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in. TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category 'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times 'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia) Note: The digital edition of this book is missing some of the images found in the physical edition
Action, Angle, and Anecdotes
Author: David E. Sumner,Holly G. Miller
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
View: 9692Updated with fresh facts, examples and illustrations, along with two new chapters on digital media and blogs this third edition continues to be the authoritative and essential guide to writing engaging and marketable feature stories. Covers everything from finding original ideas and angles to locating expert sources Expanded edition with new chapters on storytelling for digital media and building a story blog Captivating style exemplifies the authors’ expert guidance, combining academic authority with professional know-how Comprehensive coverage of all the angles, including marketing written work and finding jobs in the publishing industry Essential reading for anyone wishing to become a strong feature writer Accompanied by a website with a wealth of resources including PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and Q&As that will be available upon publication: www.wiley.com/go/sumnerandmiller
Author: Dorothea Brande
View: 1326How to Quickly Learn the Magic of Writing Success For most of my adult life I have been engaged in the writing, the editing, or the criticizing of fiction. I took, and I still take, the writing of fiction seriously. So I make no apology for writing seriously about the problems of fiction writers. I have had firsthand experience with almost every current ""approach"" to the problems of writing. The difficulties of the average student or amateur writer begin long before he has come to the place where he can benefit by technical instruction in story writing. He had longed to hear that there was some magic about writing, and to be initiated into the brotherhood of authors. This book, I believe, will be unique; for I think he is right. I think there is such a magic, and that it is teachable. This book is all about the writer's magic. (From the Introduction.) Scroll Up and Get Your Copy Now.
Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything
Author: Ulrich Boser
Publisher: Rodale Books
View: 8456For centuries, experts have argued that learning was about memorizing information: You're supposed to study facts, dates, and details; burn them into your memory; and then apply that knowledge at opportune times. But this approach to learning isn’t nearly enough for the world that we live in today, and in Learn Better journalist and education researcher Ulrich Boser demonstrates that how we learn can matter just as much as what we learn. In this brilliantly researched book, Boser maps out the new science of learning, showing how simple techniques like comprehension check-ins and making material personally relatable can help people gain expertise in dramatically better ways. He covers six key steps to help you “learn how to learn,” all illuminated with fascinating stories like how Jackson Pollock developed his unique painting style and why an ancient Japanese counting device allows kids to do math at superhuman speeds. Boser’s witty, engaging writing makes this book feel like a guilty pleasure, not homework. Learn Better will revolutionize the way students and society alike approach learning and makes the case that being smart is not an innate ability—learning is a skill everyone can master. With Boser as your guide, you will be able to fully capitalize on your brain’s remarkable ability to gain new skills and open up a whole new world of possibilities.
Author: Edgar Bergen
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
Category: Performing Arts
View: 1124This early work is a fascinating read for entertainment enthusiasts. Thoroughly recommended for the bookshelf of the amateur or professional ventriloquist it contains a wealth of information that is still useful and practical today. Contents Include: Near Ventriloquism, The Doll-Dummy, Hand Puppets, shadowgraphs and Cardboard Dummies, Staging an Entertainment, Distant Ventriloquism, Entertaining With Distant Ventriloquism. We are now republishing this classic work in an affordable, high quality, modern edition with a new introduction to the history of ventriloquism.
What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect
Author: Bill Kovach,Tom Rosenstiel
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
View: 6276The authors outline the main principles of journalism, discussing the ethical and professional issues affecting the work of newspeople, the forces shaping the profession, and the future of journalism. 50,000 first printing.
Easy Steps to Presenting an Unforgettable Story
Author: John D. Walsh
Publisher: Moody Publishers
View: 6581Can you captivate an audience with your story? Many of us would love to hold the attention of a crowd, a classroom, or just a group of our friends by telling them a great story. We have felt the pressure of a public presentation or the disappointment of telling a story that others ignore. We are ready to be heard, ready to captivate. In The Art of Storytelling, John Walsh takes us through the steps to presenting a compelling story—outlining the strategies that helped him move from stutterer to storyteller. This book will help any person with a story to share by walking you through all aspects of presentation . . . from what to do with your hands as you speak all the way to crafting a killer ending. Whether you’re telling bedtime stories to your children or Bible stories to a congregation, this book will take your storytelling to a new level.
Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Acing High School and College
Author: Stefanie Weisman
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
View: 5876Straight talk and tips from top students to help make academic excellence a lifestyle. Getting a passing grade is one thing—cramming to memorize facts, knowing what's on the test, finishing a paper just before the deadline—but being a top student is something else entirely. So what makes the difference between a good student and a top student? Being a top student is a lifestyle, not just an A on your transcript. The Secrets of Top Students: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Acing High School and College offers advice from lifelong top student, Stefanie Weisman, to help you learn the keys to studying smart, staying motivated, and making academic excellence a part of your life. Tips from 45 Top Students Learn strategies on making the grade with first-hand advice from valedictorians, Rhodes scholars, Fulbright scholars, Intel Science Fair finalists, a National Spelling bee champion, and more! Lifestyle Tips and Techniques Discover tips and mantras that will keep you on the road to academic success. Helpful Exercises Practice makes perfect. Put what you've learned to the test with easy exercises on taking notes, staying motivated, and more.
A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
Author: Bianca Bosker
View: 1514INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “Thrilling . . . [told] with gonzo élan . . . When the sommelier and blogger Madeline Puckette writes that this book is the Kitchen Confidential of the wine world, she’s not wrong, though Bill Buford’s Heat is probably a shade closer.” —Jennifer Senior, The New York Times “As informative as it is, well, intoxicating.” —Fortune “A funny, fascinating adventure.” —Real Simple Professional journalist and amateur drinker Bianca Bosker didn’t know much about wine—until she discovered an alternate universe where taste reigns supreme, a world of elite sommeliers who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of flavor. Astounded by their fervor and seemingly superhuman sensory powers, she set out to uncover what drove their obsession, and whether she, too, could become a “cork dork.” With boundless curiousity, humor, and a healthy dose of skepticism, Bosker takes the reader inside underground tasting groups, exclusive New York City restaurants, California mass-market wine factories, and even a neuroscientist’s fMRI machine as she attempts to answer the most nagging question of all: what’s the big deal about wine? What she learns will change the way you drink wine—and, perhaps, the way you live—forever. Named one of The 4 Books You Should Read This Spring by Fortune Named one of 12 Nonfiction Books You Need to Read in March by Harper’s Bazaar Named one of the 20 Best Nonfiction Books Coming in March 2017 by Bustle Named one of The Best Drink Books of Spring and Summer 2017 by Punch Named one of the Best Books of Early 2017 by Brightly
Moving to a Level Playing Field
Author: Mark Kobayashi-Hillary,Richard Sykes
Publisher: BCS, The Chartered Institute
Category: Business & Economics
View: 2385The book examines the current situation and likely future developments in the global services marketplace. It applies the lessons learned from other industries to the IT services arena. The book recognizes that offshoring is a category of the international trade in services, and a natural development in the ongoing globalization of trade and commerce, rather than a novelty to be feared. It is aimed at an international audience of executives, board level and senior management and at ICT vendors.
Author: Moira Allen
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
Category: Business & Economics
View: 5477“An essential read for freelance writers.” —The Writer magazine Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer, Third Edition, offers a step-by-step guide to launching a successful freelance career. For beginners and experts, full time or part time, Moira Allen explains everything freelancer writers need to know, including how to set up a home office, develop and pitch marketable ideas, approach editors and other clients, and prepare and submit material. In addition, readers will learn the business side of freelancing, such as how to deal with rights and contracts as well as how to manage income, expenses, and taxes. Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer also discusses the ways in which freelancer writers can expand and enhance their writing career. Allen gives essential advice on the use of photos and reprints and discusses how to take advantage of other writing opportunities, such as columns, business and technical writing, and even nonfiction books. Fully updated, this new edition includes: A fresh look at the top writing tools to get started in today’s Internet environment The best social media venues for writers and how to use them Tips on how to expand a copywriting portfolio and clientele with social media writing services Why a website is still the most important online marketing tool—and how to maximize its effectiveness How a writer's blog can help your freelancing career Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer offers freelancers the tools and information they need to understand this business from the inside out and to become successful freelance writers.
A guide for journalists and writers
Author: Gail Sedorkin
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
View: 6560A new edition of a practical guide to all aspects of interviewing for writers and journalists—from how to use digital tools effectively to what to do when you have no time to prepare Good interviewing is the key to good reporting and great stories, and this book demonstrates step by step how to manage the process. It's a difficult skill to acquire and it can be stressful, but readers will learn how to approach a total strangers and elicit information on a topic about which the reader knows nothing. This guide explains how to prepare, outlines the difference between "soft" and "hard" interviews, and discusses how to make the most of any interview situation. With tips and examples from leading journalists, and covering basic to advanced techniques, thisis an essential tool for journalists, journalism teachers, researchers, and writers.
How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech
Author: Craig Silverman,Jeff Jarvis
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Category: Social Science
View: 7037Winner of the National Press Club's Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism! From Craig Silverman, proprietor of www.RegretTheError.com, comes a lively journey through the history of media mistakes via a chronicle of funny, shocking, and often disturbing journalistic slip-ups. The errors—running the gamut from hilarious to tragic—include “Fuzzy Numbers” (when numbers and math undermine reporting) “Obiticide” (printing the obituary of a living person), and “Unintended Consequences” (typos and misidentifications that create a new, incorrect reality). While some of the errors are laugh-out-loud funny, the book also offers a serious investigation of contemporary journalism's lack of accountability to the public, and a rousing call to arms for all news organizations to mend their ways and reclaim the role of the press as honest voice of the people.
Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Author: Kim Barker
Category: Biography & Autobiography
View: 8612A true-life Catch-22 set in the deeply dysfunctional countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan, by one of the region’s longest-serving correspondents. Kim Barker is not your typical, impassive foreign correspondent—she is candid, self-deprecating, laugh-out-loud funny. At first an awkward newbie in Afghanistan, she grows into a wisecracking, seasoned reporter with grave concerns about our ability to win hearts and minds in the region. In The Taliban Shuffle, Barker offers an insider’s account of the “forgotten war” in Afghanistan and Pakistan, chronicling the years after America’s initial routing of the Taliban, when we failed to finish the job. When Barker arrives in Kabul, foreign aid is at a record low, electricity is a pipe dream, and of the few remaining foreign troops, some aren’t allowed out after dark. Meanwhile, in the vacuum left by the U.S. and NATO, the Taliban is regrouping as the Afghan and Pakistani governments flounder. Barker watches Afghan police recruits make a travesty of practice drills and observes the disorienting turnover of diplomatic staff. She is pursued romantically by the former prime minister of Pakistan and sees adrenaline-fueled colleagues disappear into the clutches of the Taliban. And as her love for these hapless countries grows, her hopes for their stability and security fade. Swift, funny, and wholly original, The Taliban Shuffle unforgettably captures the absurdities and tragedies of life in a war zone. From the Hardcover edition.
Journalism at Play
Author: Ian Bogost,Simon Ferrari,Bobby Schweizer
Publisher: MIT Press
View: 1305Journalism has embraced digital media in its struggle to survive. But most online journalism just translates existing practices to the Web: stories are written and edited as they are for print; video and audio features are produced as they would be for television and radio. The authors of Newsgames propose a new way of doing good journalism: videogames. Videogames are native to computers rather than a digitized form of prior media. Games simulate how things work by constructing interactive models; journalism as game involves more than just revisiting old forms of news production. The book describes newsgames that can persuade, inform, and titillate; make information interactive; re-create a historical event; put news content into a puzzle; teach journalism; and build a community. Wired magazine's game Cutthroat Capitalism, for example, explains the economics of Somali piracy by putting the player in command of a pirate ship, offering choices for hostage negotiation strategies. And Powerful Robot's game September 12th offers a model for a short, quickly produced, and widely distributed editorial newsgame. Videogames do not offer a panacea for the ills of contemporary news organizations. But if the industry embraces them as a viable method of doing journalism--not just an occasional treat for online readers--newsgames can make a valuable contribution.
How to Get Into Print and Get Paid for It
Author: Joan Clayton
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
View: 9269Based on the author's successful journalism courses, this book is written in an accessible and motivational style. Its aim is to turn aspiring writers into full or part-time journalists by the time they have turned the last page.