Title, Basic News Writing. Author, Melvin Mencher. Edition, 2. Publisher, Wm. C. Brown Publishers, Original from, the University of California. Digitized, Feb . Melvin Mencher is the author of News Writing and Reporting, the text that set the standard for the field, now in its Eleventh Edition. He has extensive experience. This edition continues to illustrate the principles of news reporting and writing with telling examples from print and broadcast journalism. Students are shown.

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Yet, the leads are memorable. Here’s a direct lead by Aljean Harmetz of The New York Times for a business story, which we usually think of as a dry subject with prose to match: The City Council today took three significant actions to cope with the city’s downtown traffic congestion.

Editors and the public eventually flush out the reporter whose competence is all scintillation. Moreover, it cannot be used at the reporter’s whim.

This meant the child would have to be turned over to her biological mother, who had given her up for adoption shortly after Jessica was bom. The men left some time after Johnny went to bed.

Immersed in words, the reporter is tempted to write writing, to make meaning secondary to language. She talks to herself: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Account Options Sign in. But Buchanan’s reporting turned up a remarkable series of events, and she gave us a modem morality tale with a climax.


The reporter learned that a retired Navy warrant officer had not been receiving his retirement pay because the government thought him dead. This categorizing may be useful for a research project, but the lists menccher of little use to the working reporter.

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Here is a lead a reporter wrote about a congressional race. Glancing through the copy, melvln editor notices that her mother was named Maid of Cotton 25 years ago. Sarasin and Williani R. In less than three miles, Joseph L. Test kits can be bought over the counter. Such fame is fleeting, though.

At first glance, the death record that police reporter Robert Popp of the Bbasic Francisco Chronicle saw in the police file seemed routine. Johnny recounted that the night before, two men had visited mevin studio apartment in the Inner Mission District. Momentous Lead When an event is compellingly important, all rules and guidelines are tossed aside and the writer is allowed to jam the facts into the first sentence.

Immediately, the city editor knows he is in for a tedious trek through the story. Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Mary’s University sophomore, will be queen of the city’s Rose Festival. As Wendell Johnson, a wditing of psychology and speech pathology at the University of Iowa, put it, “Communication is writing about something for someone.

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From inside the book. Whenever possible, the subject should be a concrete noun that the reader can menchdr, see, taste, feel or smell. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.


Jack Loizeaux is a dentist of urban decay, a Mozart of dynamite, a guru of gravity. He was persuaded to take his place in line, but when he reached the counter there was no fried chicken, only nuggets, whereupon he slugged the woman at the counter. Smith’s weather forecast is a little joke. Not much artistry here, just the facts. In the ensuing fracas, a security guard shot Robinson.

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Mendher the reporter hits the reader with a karate chop at the end of the first paragraph. When a study of bank lending practices found that whites are more likely than blacks to receive mortgage money, Michael Quint of The New York Times began his story with a direct lead: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Focus on the Journalist. The hulking slugger with the vicious punch to match his personality teed off on Floyd Patterson, knocked the champion down and out at jelvin We’ve already seen how newsmagazines do this.

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