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Associated Press Stylebook, 2012 - Darrell Christian (Editor); Sally A. Jacobsen (Editor); David Minthorn (Editor)
Call Number: PN 4783 A83 2012
ISBN: 0917360567
Publication Date: 2012
The style of the Associated Press is the gold standard for news writing. With The AP Stylebook in hand, you can learn how to write and edit with the clarity and professionalism for which they are famous.

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Key Concepts in Journalism Studies - Bob Franklin; Martin Hamer; Mark Hanna; Marie Kinsey; John E. Richardson
ISBN: 0761944826
Publication Date: 2005
A systematic and accessible introduction to the terms, processes and effects of journalism.

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Key Concepts in Radio Studies - Hugh Chignell
ISBN: 1412935172
Publication Date: 2009
Provides a comprehensive, easy-to-use introduction to the field of radio studies.

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Dictionary of Media and Communication Studies - James Watson; Anne Hill
ISBN: 162892148X
Publication Date: 2015
Gateway into the study of intercultural communication, public relations and marketing communications since 1984. In this 9th edition, James Watson and Anne Hill provide a detailed compendium of the different facets of personal, group, mass-media and internet communication that continues to be a vital source of information for all those interested in how communication affects our lives.

Topics in Journalism

  • Blog: Topic Page
    Short for web log, an online, regularly updated journal or newsletter that is readily accessible to the general public by virtue of being posted on a website. Blogs typically report and comment on topics of interest to the author, and are usually written and posted using software specifically designed to facilitate blogging; they include hyperlinks to other website and, often, photos, video clips, and the like. MORE
  • Columnist
    From Key Concepts in Journalism Studies
    ‘Great columnists make the difference great sauces make’, claims Bernard Shrimsley (2003: 23) in reference to those writers who assume personalities, sometimes fictitious, to opine to an audience to whom they appear familiar and friendly
  • Editor
    From Key Concepts in Journalism Studies
    The life of a newspaper editor can be a chequered one. At its best, it is a prestigious and highly-paid job with responsibility for a publication which may have millions of readers and involves a social life mixing with celebrities and politicians. At its worst, the position is high-pressured and a continuous battle trying to strike a fine balance between the editorial and commercial elements, while being personally accountable for legal problems which may lead to imprisonment.
  • Ethics (of journalism)
    From Key Concepts in Journalism Studies
    Journalism ethics are the moral principles, reflected in rules, written or unwritten, which prescribe how journalists should work to avoid harming or distressing others, e.g. when gathering information; when deciding what to publish; when responding to complaints about their work. MORE
  • Impartiality
    From Key Concepts in Journalism Studies
    Broadcasters are bound by law and their own guidelines to be impartial. Newspapers are not. At its simplest, expressed in the former Radio Authority's code of practice, it means not taking sides. But as Wilson (1996: 43) points out, ‘It is in the class of understanding which says the elephant is difficult to describe but easy to recognize’. MORE
  • Journalism: Topic Page
    The collection and periodic publication or transmission of news through media such as newspaper, periodical, television, and radio. MORE
  • Journalist
    From Key Concepts in Journalism Studies
    Muck-raking scumbag or noble seeker after truth? Journalism seems to accommodate both stereotypes with the same ease it embraces lurid allegations of the latest celebrity infidelity alongside exposure of serious institutional or individual wrongdoing or serious political and social analysis.
  • Photography: Topic Page
    Process for reproducing permanent images on light-sensitive materials by various forms of radiant energy, including visible light, ultraviolet, infrared, X-rays, atomic radiations, and electron beams. MORE
  • Podcasting
    From Key Concepts in Radio Studies
    The creation of MPEG Audio Layer 3 (MP3) technology at the turn of the century made it possible for people to download and transfer sound files from the Internet, often for no charge. The initial impact of this new technology was in its direct threat to the music industry. MORE
  • Social Media: Topic Page
    Social media is a broad term incorporating blogs, wikis, Internet communities and online discussions. Community sites such as Facebook and Myspace are immensely popular with young people and business-oriented alternatives such as LinkedIn and ecademy are widely used in networking. MORE
  • Target Audience
    From Key Concepts in Journalism Studies
    The individual(s) whom a speaker intends or desires to address with a text. It is important to recognize that the individuals receiving (reading or watching) texts are not always the target audience, or the group for whom they are intended. MORE
  • Watchdog journalism
    From Key Concepts in Journalism Studies
    The characterization of journalism as a social ‘watchdog’ springs from a classical liberal conception of the power relationship between government and society within a democratic state. MORE
  • Yellow journalism
    From Key Concepts in Journalism Studies
    This developed in America during the 1880s but had its roots in the new penny papers exemplified by the New York Sun, published by Benjamin Day in 1833 and targeted at a newly literate American working-class readership. MORE

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