Summary: The most comprehensive classroom text for investigative reporting. Organized by topic for easy reference, The Reporter's Handbook gives students the tools they need to locate, obtain, understand, and publish information about anyone or anything. It identifies the most useful records and documents, both private and public, associated with each topic and explains where to get them and how to use them. An expanded index makes the text easier than ever to use as a refer ...show moreence.
Valuable guidelines for writing compelling stories. The Reporter's Handbook is also a writer's handbooks, offering students advice on such topics as getting the details while reporting; avoiding stereotypes; dealing with tension and resolution; and finding the appropriate tone and point of view for a story.
Broad coverage of important investigative topics. From financial institutions and utilities, to the government and insurance companies -- The Reporter's Handbook covers a broad range of topics and issues that have significant bearing on on everyday life.
A greater emphasis on local reporting. Throughout the text, examples of local investigative reporting mirror the types of stories students will write when they first enter the profession. This edition also includes a new chapter on "Managing Your Beat: Conducting Investigations at Small News Organizations."
Expanded section on ethics. New examples from working journalists include ethical disputes and dilemmas and allow students to critically assess situations that they will face during investigations.
New chapters on Documents and Databases and on Freedom of Information. Coverage of primary documents and computer-assisted reporting has been combined in a single chapter to show students the interrelationships between hard documents and electronic information with new material on acessing documents and databases. This edition also includes a new chapter on the Freedom of Information Act.
Updated to insure currency. Investigative reporters need access to the most up to date sources and must be aware of the latest developments in their field of research, and The Reporter's Handbook points readers to the most current sources and provides students with the latest developments in numerous investigative fields. Especially noteworthy is the new coverage of Health care (Chapter 14), Transportation (Chapter 18) and the Financial Institutions (Chapter 16) that includes coverage of the new banking regulations taking effect July 1. 2001.
Easy to find Internet address list. Capping off each chapter is a new, easy to use Internet address list that collects all of the Web sites mentioned throughout the chapter and lists them in one easy to use directory. Now students and investigators can spend less time hunting up Web addresses and more time on their investigations. ...show less