Mencher discusses eight factors that go into making a story newsworthy. These eight important factors are timeliness, impact, prominence, proximity, conflict, the unusual, currency, and necessity. The story about the volcano is timely, because it was published about two hours before I started writing this blog post. I believe that the Japanese volcano story has a major impact, because there are families that are missing members.
Penn State University If writing is hard work and it isthen teaching writing is doubly so. And writing a textbook on something so basic yet so difficult to do well probably is painful indeed. That should make the appearance of a sixth edition of News Reporting and Writing news writing and reporting mencher.
News Reporting and Writing claims to have new sections on public journalism, service journalism, online journalism, computer-assisted reporting and writing press releases.
But the previous edition's chapter Sources and Searches is virtually identical to the new edition's Computer-Assisted Reporting chapter, although it is moved forward in the book as part of a section on reporting tools. A valuable box, however, cautions reporters on using information from the Internet without first verifying it with a source.
The chapter on press releases also is largely unchanged from fifth edition except for the inclusion of two short subsections. These minor revisions reflect the evolutionary rather than revolutionary changes the authors have implemented.
This edition is primarily a reorganization and repackaging, which testifies as much to the thoroughness of the previous five editions as it does to how painful it would be to write a textbook from scratch.
In addition, the publisher says it has plans for a web site to support the book.
Both the Workbook and Instructor's Manual follow the main text chapter by chapter. One series of writing exercises in the Workbook, for example, provides fact sets from which students write news stories about a criminal case from arrest through the trial and acquittal.
The Instructor's Manual provides model stories. A few exercises also are provided at the end of each chapter in the main text. All are for beginning news reporting classes and emphasize print reporting but most also include a chapter each on broadcast and public relations writing.
At least one even has a section on the special characteristics of writing for online media, although News Reporting and Writing does not. But generally these books all follow a similar pattern, and News Reporting and Writing is no exception: The major problem with New Reporting and Writing - as with several similar books - is also its benefit: In an effort to be complete it covers more ground than students can absorb in a semester, but this also gives teachers the chance to individualize their classes.
Teachers are able required, really to pick and choose among the 22 chapters. One area to which News Reporting and Writing gives short shrift is note-taking, which involves more than the hoary debate about whether to tape or not to tape.
This was the subject of a discussion in January on the Journet listserv. Because note-taking is overlooked by most texts, teachers may not spend much time working on it. Note-taking is usually an out-of-class experience, so teachers may not realize that poor student-written stories often are the result of inadequate notes.
Several class exercises - such as using videotapes of city council meetings or, as Steve Doig of Arizona State recommended to the Journet list, distributing trial transcripts from which students can learn how people really speak - should be incorporated in the basic writing class.
And note-taking pointers and exercises should be included in future editions of News Reporting and Writing. In the interest of full disclosure, the authors were among my professors at the University of Missouri. News Reporting and Writing is a solid text with years of experience backing it up.
The authors are in the awkward position of updating a print-oriented textbook even as we are in the midst of a new media revolution. But the focus on traditional news values will serve students well in an online world - even if they don't yet realize it.News Reporting and Writing teaches print and digital media reporting and writing.
This edition expands further into the digital realm while continuing to stress the essential reporting and writing skills that are the foundation for the profession - past, present, and future, no matter the medium. - Melvin Mencher's News Reporting and Writing by Melvin Mencher ISBN Paperback; Blacklick, Ohio, U.s.a.: Mcgraw-hill .
Mencher, Melvin School Press Review, 53, 7, ,8, Feb 78 Advises beginning reporters how to obtain the three major ingredients of the news story: relevant factual material from direct observation; information from authoritative, knowledgeable, and reliable sources; and significant background material.
News Reporting and Writing competes with books by Conrad Fink, Bruce D. Itule and Douglas Anderson, Melvin Mencher and Carole Rich.
All are for beginning news reporting classes and emphasize print reporting but most also include a chapter each on broadcast and public relations writing.
NWR Nine is the 25th Anniversary Edition of this classic text. Teaching by example, with vivid writing, Mr. Mencher teaches students the fundamentals of reporting and writing news. Category: Language Arts & Disciplines Writing And Reporting News A Coaching Method. News Writing and Technology covers the basics of writing and digital news gathering for journalism.
News Reporting and Writing, 10th edition, The Missouri Group.