Getting the Whole Story
Reporting and Writing the News
Gibbs, Cheryl; Warhover, TomPublisher: The Guilford Press, New York, USA
Year Published: 2002
Pages: 451pp ISBN: 1-57230-795-1
Book Type: Handbooks/Manuals
Library of Congress Number: PN4781.P525 2002 Dewey: 070.4'3-dc21
Resource Type: Book
Abstract: Gibbs and Warhover are American academics. This book is an introductory text for the American newspaper stream in colleges. It covers the five Ws plus How, beats, a bibliography for further reading, and exercises for the classroom or assignments. It looks into gathering information, conducting interviews, framing stories, writing organized articles, working with editors (in a positive vein: no horror or confrontation or personnel stories), photographers, public service (=Yankee) journalism. All examples are US, with AP style, US libel laws, etc. There is the obligatory section on grammar, spelling, tips and advice.
Some interesting facts: why this book? From the opening, "Our goal was to create a textbook that puts the "whys" of journalism together with the "hows"". I have the easy answer, since students are not stupid: DISCIPLINE.
What I don't like about this resource: I checked the index, and there were NO entries for Internet, email, web, Usenet, discussion group, forum. There was one page reference to "online editor". Research has a few entries#Hello? Hello?
What I do like about this resource: "further reading" is broken into categories "in print" and "on the web"#hello? hello? why is this here if the book doesn't talk about the Internet?
Quality-to-Price Ratio: 51 for us in Canada, 79 for Americans, 82 for newspaper streamers.
[Review by Dean Tudor]
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