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Questions tagged [journalism]

This tag should be used for questions about writing practices relating to journalism, such as style guides, ethics and ways to publish.

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AP style for attributing a fragment quote and block quote in one sentence

I can't find anything in the 2018 Stylebook that says this should be avoided, but maybe someone here can find something. "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet," Emperor Nero said as fell deeper into his own ...
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Attributing TV media sources in online, AP style, journalistic articles

I am the editor of a small news blog. I am trying to train my writers to link to their sources. One writer sends me an article without linked sources, so I ask for the sources. They email back ...
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Is focus more important in journalism than truth and facts?

Take the following short story. Let's imagine that it's an important even that should be reported on. One day, Little Red Riding Hood’s mother said to her, “Take this basket of goodies to your ...
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Accusing private figures of crime in print

I am the editor of a small college magazine. In an article that was recently submitted to me, as part of the story, the author named two people who ragged him (harassed him). I have sufficient proof ...
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As a journalist, how do I learn about impending legislation or executive orders?

How do news companies find out that the government plans to pass a law in a couple of years, or that the president is about to sign an executive order? Do they contact the government workers and ask ...
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How can I distance myself from an article published under my name, with edits I disagree with?

I wrote an article for a university newspaper that summarizes incidents involving racism on campus. After edits, the sentence structure became uniformly long instead of varied, straightforward ...
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When a newspaper references itself? [closed]

There is a very specific professional term for the occurrence of a newspaper referencing itself as a source (e.g., in an historical report), and while I knew it in college, it has been apparently been ...
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Resources to find editors of magazines and newspapers?

I was wondering where I could find editors for atheist essays. I want to see how they write in this field, and what sort of articles tend to be accepted. It would be very useful! Suggestions that ...
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Would George Orwell get hired in today's expert climate?

I've asked the question a few times before about how to get published in newspapers and magazines, and the most common response has been, by far: "what are your qualifications to write about the piece?...
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Attracting Writers for Crowdsourced News App [closed]

I developed a news platform for people to know the most important 5-10 news stories every day. The apps/platform is targeted at people (like me) who don't read much news but would like to stay ...
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Term for when you split a quote to say 'said so and so' in Journalism and Reporting?

I'll make this short. I'm writing a personal profile for a news story and I'm looking for alternatives to this type of phrase: "Apples", said Bob. "Apples", Bob said. "Apples", Bob ...
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How to quote something somebody was told by someone else? (Third-party, hearsay)

THE ISSUE There must be a catch-phrase or soundbite to describe this scenario, but so far, I've been unsuccessful locating that term, and my efforts to answer this question have been flat as well. I ...
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How do I format inline quotations for a news story?

Let’s say I’ve interviewed a CEO and now need to quote her for my story. I’m not sure if her name or title would come first after the closing quotation and comma. For example: “Fiduciary duty is a ...
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How to write a scientific journal?

For a long time I've been searching for some reference on how to write a scientific journal but failed to find one. I specifically want to write a scientific journal to be used as my personal ...
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Why is getting a job in journalism so difficult without a degree?

I've asked dozens and dozens of people similar questions, but I am interested to hear the response from SE. At the time of the 20th century, a time with some of the greatest journalists and golden ...
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How do journalists prepare to cover unfamiliar fields?

When journalists get an assignment to interview someone in an industry they aren’t familiar with, or write on a new topic, how do they familiarise with context-specific vocabulary?
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Why do newswriters separate women when they report on disasters?

It's commonly known that the news reports female casualties separately. As in "four people were shot, including one woman". What is the reasoning behind this? Is anyone who knows about the news ...
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How to quote programming code in AP Style?

I would like to put the following code in an article that is written in AP Style: puts 'Hello, world!' How do I do this? If I were to put the code (C++, Ruby, whatever) in an article that was ...
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Ethics of using poorly-redacted information in public documents

In a copyright case, documents were released with portions redacted. The redaction was poorly done. Would it be generally considered ethical in most legitimate news organizations for a journalist to ...
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What should be done if there is a dispute of opinions within the editorial team?

In a magazine where an individual author's name is not published with the article, it seems obvious to me that the article can be presumed to reflect the consensus of the entire editorial team on ...
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Why are news articles in the US structured so non-linearly?

Even after almost two years of daily consumption of US print (well, online) news, in particular, the NY Times, I still cannot get my head around the structure of their articles. I'll elaborate an ...
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Publishing short fiction stories?

I have recently written a couple of short fiction stories and I would like to get them published. My searches on the internet has left me dazzled. There are so many option and most of them are just ...
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How Do Online Sites Afford Writers?

How do online publications afford to pay writers 20-50$ per written article?
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Where Do Online Journalists Get Their Info?

How do online journalists report on things if they aren't actually out in the field reporting? I'm assuming they simply watch mainstream news, listen to government/organizational websites, etc?
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Why do news articles and press releases start with date and location?

Here's what I'm talking about: PALO ALTO, Calif., January 5, 2016 — Example Inc. today delivered on the promise to reinvent the PC by bringing premium consumer design into a commercial-grade device ...
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What is the difference between yellow journalism and sensationalism? [closed]

I understand there is some overlap between the two concepts, but I don't understand the distinction.
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Quick-start to journalism?

I currently was given an amazing opportunity to interview with some of my favorite idols, but I don't have much experience writing journalism. As in, I literally have written one article in the entire ...
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Where to find authors of the articles from the Times archive?

I'm currently writing a paper on the historical background of the Bond movies. I've found a very interesting piece of information that is only mentioned on Wikipedia. Here are the bibliography ...
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As a journalist, how can tipsters contact me about the story I'm writing before it's published?

I'm a journalist who writes stories about niche topics. When I publish my stories, I always get great comments and news tips from people around the internet, which would have added a lot to the ...
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Types of articles in journalism

I would like to know which are the main article categories a journalist is expected to know how to write. Some classic and actual article types are similar. Others were born recently, such as ...
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What are some best practices/dos and don'ts of managing an online editorial calendar?

The aspects I am interested in are: How do I set up an editorial calendar? What should I track in it? Are there better options than a spreadsheet? (software/app) How many days/weeks in advance should ...
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How to deal with online comments to published pieces?

I mainly write for academic journals (and creative writing for my own amusement), but from time to time, I publish opinion pieces in various mainstream magazines and newspapers, for which I am ...
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The etiquette of updating News Posts - Help please!

I do updates on our UK Charity's website ~ Our "Latest News" Posts show the wrong tense for events that are now past. I want to update the tense in those articles butI I'm told (by Ms B) this is not '...
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Does Japan have a Press Code?

Many countries have a press code (examples: Germany, South Africa) It is a kind of ethics guide for journalists. While usually not a law, it is often taken quite seriously by the whole profession. ...
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Why one sentence per paragraph in these news articles?

Lately I've noticed some news articles using (usually) a single sentence per paragraph. Some examples: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29341850 http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/61477320/...
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How to research and discover topic popularity and trends to determine topic selection for article writing?

I have been asked to write various technical and non-technical articles about computer usage, Windows usage (perhaps some Mac and *nix as well if they let me), Windows repair, and various other ...
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How does one break into journalism? [duplicate]

Let's say I have no relevant degree or experience and am a recent graduate. What steps can I take to break into the industry?
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Is it considered ethical to accept payment from a business for reviewing a product or service?

Let's say that you operate a popular blog that routinely dispenses your personal opinions and expert advice on various topics. A business believes that your audience contains many potential customers ...
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Local Newspaper article, homework, on “Of Mice and Men” book [closed]

I have been set homework from my English teacher to answer this question in the "Of Mice and Men" book by John Steinbeck. Imagine that you are a reporter for the local newspaper in Soledad where ...
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What does one call author blurbs at the bottom of journalistic articles?

Sometimes journalistic articles have a brief about-the-author sort of blurb at the end, frequently italicized, of a general form resembling: J. Random Hacker is a dog groomer for the United States ...
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Should blog posts be reformatted to past tense after an event?

A writer is doing blog coverage of an event which is time sensitive (happens annually). The writer uses present tense for the coverage posts. Should the writer go back and reformat the old posts to ...
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How long does it take to write a 1000-word news article?

I write tech articles for my blog and for a news outlet here in my country (mostly in French). I've been doing this for years, but I've always thought that I was slow in readying my stories. I am ...
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When quoting a person's informal speech, how much liberty do you have to make changes to what they say?

Even during a formal interview for a news article, people speak informally. They say "uhm", they cut off sentences half-way through, they interject phrases like "you know?", and they make innocent ...
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What is the role of editors in news media today?

Back when rocks were soft and the world wide web hadn't yet been invented, I worked on a college newspaper that, I was told, followed the same patterns as professional papers. (That is, the skills we ...
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What's the difference between academic and journalistic writing?

I'm not talking about "boring" academic papers that are 99% science and 0% interesting. But in comments on a draft of my senior thesis, my teacher made the comment that my writing style was quite "...
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Writing an artist statement , not a thesis

Question Hello, I need guidance writing an artist statement for a gallery. Specifically, what's good practice, and what should be avoided? Thanks, Thoughts I'm a visual artist appearing in a gallery ...
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Best way to Write a Table of Contents for Awkward Pagination

I have a piccadilly journal that I use for taking notes on self-taught subjects and I have an awkward structure for pagination and page structure: Page numbers only exist on the right hand side of ...
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Citation in AP style journalism

I'm writing feature articles and trying to adhere to AP style, but I'm not sure how to attribute a source. I'm familiar with academic citation (APA, MLA), but have never done this in journalism. What'...
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Breaking into journalism without a degree

I am a fairly experienced writer, but I have little experience in journalistic writing and no formal education in journalism. I believe I can pick up the craft aspects of this form of writing. ...