Institute of Commercial Management | Qualification Subject

Newspaper Reporting

Main Topics of Study

What is Journalism

  • What makes a good journalist?
  • The skills of a good journalist
  • Role in journalism
  • Categories of written publication

What is News

  • News ideas
  • Assessing news value
  • Good news and bad

Gathering News

  • News room
  • Contacts and news leads
  • Investigative reporting
  • Developing story ideas
  • Chasing facts
  • Making inquiries
  • Taking notes
  • Dealing with people
  • Being fair and thorough
  • Pictures
  • Sources of background information

Interviewing

  • Preparation
  • Establishing confidence
  • Coaxing answers
  • Checking back
  • Telephone interviews
  • Controversial interviews
  • Failed interviews
  • Vetting copy

Local Reporting

  • The district reporter
  • Developing contacts
  • Local organisations
  • People in the know
  • The local angle
  • Diary jobs

News Writing

  • The right angle
  • Style
  • Opening sentence
  • Grabbing the reader
  • Order of facts
  • Quotes
  • Presentation
  • Helping the reader
  • Complaints
  • Summarising
  • Writing for the national, local and other news markets

Newspaper Language

  • Newspaper english
  • Journalese
  • Sequence and structure
  • Storytelling techniques
  • Bad habits
  • Style
  • Punctuation
  • Quotes
  • Grammar

News Reporting

  • Courts
  • Government
  • Politics
  • Business and industry
  • Religion
  • Sport

Specialist Writing

  • Feature writing
  • Arts reviews

Newspaper Structure

  • Roles
  • Copy input
  • Page production
  • Press and post press

Ethics

  • Press complaints
  • Accountability
  • Informants
  • People in the news

Recommended Reading

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Practical Newspaper Reporting – Geoffrey Harris & David Spark (Butterworth Heinemann)

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English Style & Usage – Simon Jenkins (Times)

Newspaper Language – Nicholas Bagnall (Butterworth Heinemann)

Modern Newspaper Practice – F W Hodgson (Butterworth Heinemann)