The Journalism Today Textbook Revealed
The 6th edition of this popular textbook for student journalism courses has been completely updated to address the vast changes in technology and its impact on journalism. Covering topics from staff organization, writing, and school newspapers to ethics and legal concerns, this text is a valuable resource for any classroom.
The seventh edition of Glencoe Journalism Today teaches the core journalism concepts in a student-friendly way to high school students. The text covers topics such as writing, reporting and editing, and explores the many ways students can publish their work.
Journalistic style activities at the end of each chapter provide practice in creating written copy in accepted journalism style. The book also contains chapters on a variety of topical subjects such as staff organization, school newspapers and ethics.
A preface provides an opportunity for the author to share some background information on the book. Including what inspired you and how you came to write the work can add depth and give credibility to the text.
At its best, journalism is about guarding democracy’s promise of equality and justice and exposing tyranny—whether it’s in priests who abuse children or charities that steal money.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Journalism is about sharing information that makes people better able to navigate their world. Whether it’s a tongue-in-cheek essay, an infographic that turns complex data into something easy to understand or an in-depth piece that reveals hidden truths, journalism changes lives.
Providing that information takes time, skill and determination. But the importance of this work never diminishes. It’s what keeps democracy alive.
Chapter 2: Writing
Every journalist loves words and the infinite ways they can be arranged to convey information to readers. Journalists see their profession as a calling and are motivated by a responsibility to keep people accurately informed about events that matter at the local, national, and international level.
Journalism is a powerful tool that can change society, but it takes time to do it well. It is also a profession that is under financial strain.
Chapter 3: Reporting
As in no other profession, journalists’ first loyalty should be to the truth. They should not get cozy with the subjects of their reporting, as this undermines their ability to present an unbiased and accurate representation.
They must also understand that their work serves as a social glue for communities. This requires a keen mind and an able pen. It demands scrupulousness and responsibility.
Chapter 4: Editing
In a world where more information is produced in a day than anyone could possibly consume, value has shifted from unearthing new information to verifying, curating, contextualizing, and interpreting.
Journalists are a unique breed of people who have an almost obsessive love of words and the infinite ways they can be manipulated to communicate with an audience. They understand the power of journalism to guard democracy and promote human rights.
Chapter 5: Design
In a news ecosystem that has seen a conflagration of new tools and techniques, it is important to keep in mind that many of the rules-fairness, balance, scrupulousness-should remain immutable.
At its best, journalism is for guarding democracy. It is for exposing tyranny in order to stop it, and for giving voice to the voiceless. It requires a keen mind and a facility for language.
Chapter 6: Photography
Photography has become a major part of modern life. It is often used to report news stories but it can also serve as an art form.
Solomon-Godeau explores the idea that photographers are either inside or outside a situation, referencing Sontag’s ideas about objectification. She uses Diane Arbus as an example of outside photography. Students learn about exposure and composition as they work with the camera.
Chapter 7: Multimedia
On a complicated planet overloaded with information, journalism needs to be re-imagined. But the fundamentals-fairness, balance, scrupulousness, responsibility-should remain immutable.
It is the job of journalists to ask the silent questions that plague people everywhere: who, what, when, where, why, how? It is their role to unearth the news that binds society together. It’s an essential service to humanity. The public deserves nothing less.
Chapter 8: Social Media
In a world where more information is produced in a day than any one could consume in a lifetime, the value of journalism has shifted. But the principles of fairness, balance, scrupulousness and responsibility must remain immutable.
From exposing corruption and holding those in power accountable to giving voice to the voiceless, journalism has the power to change lives and shape history.