by Gwen Ansell
Gwen Ansell’s Introduction to Journalism has been the go-to textbook for university journalism classes and intern programmes since it first appeared (as Basic Journalism) in 2002. But newsrooms have been changing fast. This fully revised and updated 3rd edition retains all the practical hints, tips and real-life South African case studies that made the first and second editions so popular, but adds important new elements to reflect the media climate now. All chapters are linked to the relevant parts of the National Qualifications Framework. To meet the needs of multimedia newsrooms, each chapter now includes the foundation skills for convergent reporting: storytelling across media platforms, interviewing for sound; captioning online galleries, headlining with search-engines in mind, and more. The title discusses how readers across the world are reading their newspapers today, what this means for Africa, and whether print really has a future. In response to reader demand, there’s an all-new chapter on sub-editing, designed to meet the needs of both new journalists facing their first stint on the subs’ desk, and experienced reporters making the transition to editing. And in the midst of the furore around the Protection of Information Bill and the proposed Media Appeals Tribunal, the updated law and ethics chapter sets out the rights and the responsibilities of journalists, and looks at the real legal situation behind the hype. Rooted in Mzantsi, Introduction to Journalism 3rd edition offers an A-Z of everything you need to know to succeed in the newsroom or refresh rusty skills – as well as offering general readers an insight into how their favourite paper is put together. The book is interactive, with exercises, discussions, case studies and checklists supplementing the information at every stage. Between chapters, respected journalists share their views and experiences, including: Press Ombudsman Joe Tholoe on how self-regulation and responsibility go hand-in-hand; Forum for African Investigative Reporters chair Evelyn Groenink on the ground-breaking investigations happening in the rest of Africa. Senior City Press columnist Gail Smith on why reporting about gender takes more than balance.
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