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News Writing and Reporting

An Introduction to Skills and Theory

edited by Bruce Gillespie

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2017
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    Publish Date
    Nov 2017
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This concise guide to mastering the fundamentals of journalism focuses on essential skills before exploring theory through a selection of readings by journalists and scholars. Providing a balanced foundation in journalism practice and thought, News Writing and Reporting helps students develop practical skills and think critically about the roles and responsibilities of journalists today.

About the author

Bruce Gillespie is an award-winning Canadian writer and editor and an assistant professor in the journalism program at Wilfrid Laurier University's Brantford campus. He has worked for Canadian Business and MoneySense, and his writing has appeared in a number of magazines and newspapers, including Canadian Geographic, Chatelaine, Financial Post Business Magazine, Applied Arts, Quill & Quire, and the National Post. He has received four honourable mentions at the National Magazine Awards and a Best Consumer Feature in the Rogers Media Best Of Awards in 2001. Bruce is the editor of A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships and was co-editor of the two anthologies Somebody's Child: Stories About Adoption and Nobody's Father: Life Without Kids. He was recently appointed editor-in-chief of, a hub for news, information, and commentary about Canadian journalism. Visit Bruce online at and follow him on Twitter at @bgillesp.

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Editorial Reviews

"News Writing and Reporting is written in a clear, concise, accessible style that is easy to read. The exercises provided allow students to put into direct practice the concepts which they have just learned. The segment on how to find story ideas should be printed and posted beside every working reporter's desk." --Susan Fuehr, University of Windsor

"If a student is considering a career or a major in journalism, this book will teach them what they need to know about the profession and how to do it well." --J-Source

"News Writing and Reporting provides detailed and deconstructed explanations of core journalistic concepts. The ethics section is vivid and 'real-world' and the suggested further readings at the end of chapters are deep and well thought out." --James Turner, Red River College

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