Title, Basic News Writing. Author, Melvin Mencher. Edition, 2. Publisher, Wm. C. Brown Publishers, Original from, the University of California. Digitized, Feb . Melvin Mencher is the author of News Writing and Reporting, the text that set the standard for the field, now in its Eleventh Edition. He has extensive experience. This edition continues to illustrate the principles of news reporting and writing with telling examples from print and broadcast journalism. Students are shown.

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Good Reporting Equals Good Leads. Contents On the Job. His numerous, gritty photographs and vibrant examples highlight the world The new sixth edition reflects the rapidly increasing use of computers in journalism, discussing their uses and effects throughout the text. This time he ran a stop sign and drove 80 mph in a 45 mph zone. Then, there is usually a source of the information or action, and the source is often identified.

That’s 46 words, a blockbuster, but so was the event. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. You don’t have to go to a doctor to find out whether you are pregnant. A battalion fire chief used that word in an interview and the reporter had the good sense to put it in the lead. Get to Know Us.

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.


This is not a red light to good writing.

McCormick today bought a poor man’s youth. Explore the Home Gift Guide. After answering these questions, the reporter seeks words and a form that will give shape to the responses by asking three more questions: The writer “featurizes” the breaking news event by putting a delayed lead on the story.

Two days later, he again drove without a driver’s license. Looking back at the direct news leads in this section, we can generalize about their essentials. Next, the time element is almost always in the lead. I’ve often heard writers say that if you have written your lead you have 90 percent of the story. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Basic Media Writing

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He was menchef to take his place in line, but when he reached the counter there was no fried chicken, only nuggets, whereupon he slugged the woman at the counter. Don Terry put this lead on his news feature: It should stand for a name or a thing. Buchanan goes on to write about Widow Elkin and then concludes the piece: Refresh and try again.

The fourth question the reporter has to answer is, “Is there a colorful word or dramatic phrase that I want to work into the lead? English Choose a language for shopping.

Anyone out there who isn’t hanging on every word? But before the words can be selected, the facts must be sorted out. Clearly, I need a direct lead here. Everyone remembers great beginnings: To ask other readers questions about Basic Media Writingplease sign up. Buchanan says her idea of a successful lead is one that could cause a reader who is breakfasting with his wife to “spit melvjn his coffee, clutch his chest, and say, ‘My god, Martha. Another book, written 92 years later, is also familiar to high school readers, possibly because of the beginning that trapped them into reading further: The story begins with a few general sentences.


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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Small Boy’s Big Loss to Drugs. She could work the figures into the second and third paragraphs to explain the reasons for the high cost. But the day after the date, Ms. Beginning journalists often are offered lists of leads.

Basic Media Writing by Melvin Mencher

The trial is set for Sept. Bushra Qamer marked it as to-read Mar 28, Direct leads need not be dry and dull. His numerous, gritty photographs and vibrant examples highlight the world of journalism in a way no other book does. That is, the lead should begin with the subject, should be closely followed by an active verb and should conclude with the object of the verb.


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