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Essential Reporting

by Jon Smith

'If you want a book that instructs you about all the technical skills you need to pass the examinations set by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and embark on a career in journalism, then this is the book for you. It outlines the basic knowledge required to succeed as a trainee reporter. Shorthand, intros, writing styles, subbing, layout, the way newsrooms work and how to find things out are among the range of skills described. Replete with no-nonsense quotes from the hard-nosed men and women of the regional and local press around the British Isles, the book provides an exhaustive account of the reporting, writing and researching techniques to do the "best job in the world".... Clearly written, comprehensive and well laid out' - Times Higher Education 'Precisely what it says on the cover - a down-to-earth essential handbook for anyone embarking on a career in journalism. All you need to know about avoiding newsroom minefields and attracting the editor's attention for the right reasons. If only it had been around in my day!' - Bob Satchwell, Executive Director, Society of Editors '. . . an excellent practical guide to the whole business of reporting. ' - Writing Magazine This is a book for everyone who wants to be a journalist: a practical guide to all you need to know, learn and do to succeed as a trainee reporter in today's newsroom. Although the world of journalism is changing fast, as technology blurs the boundaries between newspapers, radio, television and web-based media, the reporter's core role remains the same: to recognise news, communicate with people, gather information, and create accurate, balanced and readable stories. Essential Reporting, written by an experienced NCTJ examiner, explains how to do this. Contents include: · What makes a good reporter · What is news, and how to find it · How newsrooms work · Day-to-day life as a reporter · Key reporting tasks · Covering courts and councils · Successful interviewing · Writing news stories · Specialist reporting · Handling sound, pictures and the web It also contains a wealth of advice, tips and warnings from working journalists, a guide to NCTJ training and examinations, a glossary and a guide to further reading. It will be invaluable to anyone embarking on a career in journalism and is the NCTJ's recommended introductory text for all students on college and university courses preparing them to become successful reporters.

Look Away!: The U. S. South in New World Studies

by Jon Smith Deborah Cohn

Look Away! considers the U. S. South in relation to Latin America and the Caribbean. Given that some of the major characteristics that mark the South as exceptional within the United States--including the legacies of a plantation economy and slave trade--are common to most of the Americas, Look Away! points to postcolonial studies as perhaps the best perspective from which to comprehend the U. S. South. At the same time it shows how, as part of the United States, the South--both center and margin, victor and defeated, and empire and colony--complicates ideas of the postcolonial. The twenty-two essays in this comparative, interdisciplinary collection rethink southern U. S. identity, race, and the differences and commonalities between the cultural productions and imagined communities of the U. S. South and Latin America. Look Away! presents work by respected scholars in comparative literature, American studies, and Latin American studies. The contributors analyze how writers--including the Martinican Edouard Glissant, the Cuban-American Gustavo Prez Firmat, and the Trinidad-born, British V. S. Naipaul--have engaged with the southern United States. They explore William Faulkner's role in Latin American thought and consider his work in relation to that of Gabriel Garca Mrquez and Jorge Luis Borges. Many essays re-examine major topics in southern U. S. culture--such as race, slavery, slave resistance, and the legacies of the past--through the lens of postcolonial theory and postmodern geography. Others discuss the South in relation to the U. S. -Mexico border. Throughout the volume, the contributors consistently reconceptualize U. S. southern culture in a way that acknowledges its postcolonial status without diminishing its distinctiveness. Contributors. Jesse Alemn, Bob Brinkmeyer, Debra Cohen, Deborah Cohn, Michael Dash, Leigh Anne Duck, Wendy Faris, Earl Fitz, George Handley, Steve Hunsaker, Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Dane Johnson, Richard King, Jane Landers, John T. Matthews, Stephanie Merrim, Helen Oakley, Vincent Prez, John-Michael Rivera, Scott Romine, Jon Smith, Ilan Stavans, Philip Weinstein, Lois Parkinson Zamora

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