News Reporting and Writing
Twelfth Edition   ©2017

News Reporting and Writing

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-03481-0; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-03481-8; Format: Paper Text, 540 pages

  • Authored by a team of veteran journalists and journalism instructors at the University of Missouri. These authors have extensive real-life reporting experience, and it shows in their writing. They’re among the strongest scholars in the discipline.
  • Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of reporting and writing the news. News Reporting and Writing teaches students the elements of good reporting and writing and provides the basic tools they need to become journalists across various media platforms, including advice on how to conduct interviews and research, employ media-enriched reporting techniques and create rich and well-crafted stories for the basic beats.
  • A focus on storytelling. From life stories to world-news reports, local meetings to national press conferences, good journalism means good writing. The authors use real-life examples, up-to-the-minute news story samples and a consistent focus on writing essentials to show students how to craft rich and interesting stories. In addition, Chapter 10, "Writing to Be Read," helps students master coherence, effective language and other techniques central to captivating an audience.
  • Thorough coverage of media convergence and online journalism. News Reporting and Writing ensures that students learn how to prepare stories effectively for multiple forms of media. Reflecting changes to the journalism landscape, this book covers the rising role of technology, convergence and the emergence of integrated newsrooms, the challenges to legacy media and the future of online journalism.
  • Unparalleled discussion of legal and ethical issues. Throughout the book, the authors offer students a framework for critically assessing the ethical questions they will face as journalists. In addition, Chapters 21 and 22 are dedicated to legal and ethical matters.
  • A chapter on math for journalists. News Reporting and Writing includes a chapter on "Reporting with Numbers," which stresses the importance of using and understanding data—a vital skill for political and business news writers in particular.
  • Coverage of common grammar issues, Associated Press style, and proofreading and copy editing symbols—in print and with the best online tools. The appendices provide helpful information students need to turn in polished, professionally edited copy, and an easy-to-find reference for proofreading and copy editing symbols is located at the end of the book. Thousands of accompanying online exercises offer students additional opportunities to improve their grammar and AP style knowledge (
  • On the Job boxes prepare students for contemporary careers across media and in public relations.