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How are news articles copyrighted? Or how are the claims of copyright infringement made?

A news article (assuming no photo is used) is the description of an event. News agencies quickly send their journalists/reporters to the scene to write about the event. If a news outlet re-writes the ...
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What is the etiquette for regularly meeting with potential sources for articles that may not be published?

Would it be acceptable to regularly meet with potential sources for interviews that may end up remaining unpublished indefinitely, or could such a habit be impolite? Clearly there is tremendous value ...
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Comma after adverb

Should you include a comma after an adverb, just before the adverb or not include a comma at all in this example. The adverb in question being 'prematurely'. 1 On Tuesday, the EU’s attempt to reach a ...
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The use of of repeated conjunction by tabloids

Here in Denmark, we have a tabloid newspaper (which will remain unnamed) which is infamous for, among other things, its ever-present writing mistakes, to the point that it almost seems intentional. I ...
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How to verify anonymous sources in journalism?

When working with journalistic sources who, fearing for their own safety, must not be identified, how can one cite them in a way that retains credibility? Are there technical solutions to this, ...
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Is this writing pattern called an attribution?

I had posted this question under "academic-writing" and on there someone believes that it might be called "attribution". Can anyone confirm if this is correct or where I can find a reference? ...
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One journal for each topic, or combine several topics in one?

Let's assume that I begin a written journal (which over time will be published online) about: My preferences towards music Inspirational art and photography Short stories that I read and enjoy In my ...
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What type of writing do reviews fall under?

I want to improve my ability to not only write better but to be more objective and be better able to analyze something that I am reviewing. Plenty of practice is helping and also reading over reviews ...
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Difference between News Analysis and Opinion?

I am looking to get a better understanding of different categories of material written in a newspaper. I had assumed two main types: 1) News (i.e. reporting of facts) -> objective (not debatable). 2)...
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How do I cite previously published print school newspapers on now online school newspaper?

I'm the adviser of a school newspaper that publishes exclusively online now. We have a page dedicated to revisiting the archives of our paper (60 years worth!). I cannot piece together how to properly ...
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Is it acceptable to include articles written for assignments in one's portfolio?

Background: I'm coming from science and will start trying my luck at science journalism. I already have clips from unpaid work on online media and my own blog posts. However, a few articles that I'...
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Why do most style guides miss out the 'degrees' when reporting temperature?

In the UK, the Guardian style guide and the BBC style guide say to report temperatures as "25C" or "90F", with no degree symbol. The NYT style guide says to "Avoid the degree symbol and the ...
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What is this "1492E" reference number at the end of a magazine article?

From the very end of an article in Essex Countryside magazine, June 1978: What is the name and purpose of that cryptic "1492E"? I feel like I've seen this kind of thing somewhere before, but I'm ...
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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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Is there too much imagery in the intro of this article?

I'm writing an article which is part of an IGCSE English question paper. In the paper, you're basically given two passages (or sometimes more) with a common theme (but not necessarily in the same form ...
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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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Use of ampersand, colon and dash in the title of a newsletter article

Is it correct to use an ampersand and colon in a the title of a newsletter article: Something & Something Else: A Subtitle Or is it more correct to use the word "and" and a dash: Something ...
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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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