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-- Walter Cronkite
Chronicles the history of broadcast journalism in the United States
When critics decry the current state of our public discourse, one reliably easy target is television news. It’s too dumbed-down, they say; it’s no longer news but entertainment, celebrity-obsessed and vapid. The critics may be right. But, as Charles L. Ponce de Leon explains in That’s the Way It Is, TV news has always walked a fine line between hard news and fluff. The familiar story of decline fails to acknowledge real changes in the media and Americans’ news-consuming habits, while also harking back to a golden age that, on closer examination, is revealed to be not so golden after all. Ponce de Leon traces the entire history of televised news, from the household names of the late 1940s and early ’50s, like Eric Sevareid, Edward R. Murrow, and Walter Cronkite, through the rise of cable, the political power of Fox News, and the satirical punch of Colbert and Stewart. He shows us an industry forever in transition, where newsmagazines and celebrity profiles vie with political news and serious investigations. The need for ratings success—and the lighter, human interest stories that can help bring it—Ponce de Leon makes clear, has always sat uneasily alongside a real desire to report hard news. Highlighting the contradictions and paradoxes at the heart of TV news, and telling a story rich in familiar figures and fascinating anecdotes, That’s the Way It Is will be the definitive account of how television has showed us our history as it happens.
Buy your copy now and pay only $5 for shipping!· (Use code C9BRGG when checking out. Applies only to orders in the US/Canada.) PROFESSORS: TO ORDER THE TEXT + ONLINE WORKBOOK PACKAGE, USE ISBN 978-0-87289-901-8. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THE ONLINE WORKBOOK. In today&BAD:’s media world, broadcast journalists need to do more than produce top-notch news reports. They must write stories that will be put on the air, as well as posted online or printed in tomorrow&BAD:’s paper. Multiplatform journalism is simply a fact of life for any up-and-coming journalist who wants to get ahead and compete for the industry&BAD:’s best jobs. So how do you teach your students to think beyond repurposing, to advance their stories to the next level, for any medium?Beginning with the premise that broadcast journalism is an excellent starting point for multimedia storytelling, broadcast veterans Debora Halpern Wenger and Deborah Potter build on the basics of good television reporting practices. Advancing the Story helps students understand the strengths of each medium, with depth, interactivity, and immediacy all playing a different role as content is separated from container. One approach does not fit all media&BAD:—Wenger and Potter show students specific techniques and strategies for maximizing the advantages of each platform.In every chapter, the authors provide:Know and Tell reports, a distinctive feature in which dozens of professional journalists lend their expertise and insight on multiplatform approaches, trends, and industry changes.Trade Tools showcase select materials used in the authors&BAD:’ training seminars such as handy checklists of pointers and best practices. Taking it Home offers brief chapter wrap-ups. Talking Points provide questions and scenarios for in-class discussion. eLearning Opportunities include chapter exercises, practice tools, and additional resources found online in the book&BAD:’s interactive multimedia workbook. NOTE: FOR THE BOOK PACKAGED WITH ACCESS TO THE ONLINE WORKBOOK, ORDER ISBN 978-0-87289-901-8. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THE ONLINE WORKBOOK.
Broadcast Journalism is the premiere textbook in its field and is used widely on broadcasting courses. It is an up-to-date practical manual for would-be reporters eager to enter the hectic arenas of radio and TV news. This popular volume offers a vivid insight into the worlds of electronic journalism and covers all the essential skills involved in broadcast reporting for local and national networks. The fourth edition has been extensively revised to remain on the cutting edge of the digital revolution transforming electronic newsgathering across the world. There are scores of new illustrations, and coverage now includes Internet journalism and digital editing. Broadcast Journalism is the premiere textbook in its field and is used widely on broadcasting courses. It is an up-to-date practical manual for would-be reporters eager to enter the hectic arenas of radio and TV news. This popular volume offers a vivid insight into the worlds of electronic journalism and covers all the essential skills involved in broadcast reporting for local and national networks. The fourth edition has been extensively revised to remain on the cutting edge of the digital revolution transforming electronic newsgathering across the world. There are scores of new illustrations, and coverage now includes Internet journalism and digital editing. Sections on TV and radio take you behind the scenes to explore the BBC World Service and ITN. Step-by-step instruction is offered in reporting, recording and editing using current broadcast equipment. Details of the growing number of training schemes are featured, with a practical plan of campaign for those determined to break into the world of broadcasting. Coverage for radio and TV includes: * Newswriting * Newsgathering * Newsreading * Interviewing * Programme making Training professional Andrew Boyd freelances in TV, radio, newspapers and magazines. He has taught and developed award-winning broadcast journalism courses in London, Hampshire and Surrey. His trainees are successfully employed throughout the world and include Sony award winners. Other books by the same author include 'How to Handle Media Interviews' and the works of investigative journalism, 'Dangerous Obsessions and Blasphemous Rumours'. Reviews: 'This is a serious look at some of the skills you need to master to be a ember of a radio or television news team' The Journal of the Royal Television Society ' "Broadcast Journalism" is still the best of its kind around.' Rick Thompson
Complete with a news glossary, job searching tips and helpful web sites, this has everything you need to know about working in the television news business. It covers many newsroom postitions, from assignment editors to producers, reporters and anchors.
Broadcast Journalism offers a critical analysis of the key skills required to work in the modern studio, on location, or online, with chapters written by industry professionals from the BBC, ITV, CNN and independent production companies in the UK and USA. Areas highlighted include: interviewing researching editing writing reporting. The practical tips are balanced with chapters on representation, ethics, law, economics and history, as well as specialist areas such as documentary and the reporting of politics, business, sport and celebrity. Broadcast Journalism concludes with a vital chapter on career planning to act as a springboard for your future work in the broadcast industry. Contributors: Jim Beaman; Jane Chapman; Fiona Chesterton; Tim Crook; Anne Dawson; Tony Harcup; Jackie Harrison; Ansgard Heinrich; Emma Hemmingway; Patricia Holland; David Holmes; Gary Hudson; Nicholas Jones; Marie Kinsey; Roger Laughton; Leslie Mitchell; Jeremy Orlebar; Claire Simmons; Katie Stewart; Ingrid Volkmer; Mike Ward; Deborah Wilson.

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