A new textbook by Jeff Rowe will publish this summer by University Readers/Cognella in San Diego.
It's the second journalism book by Rowe, who draws on his experience as a staff writer at the Associated Press and Wall Street Journal, web journalist at the Orange County Register and news director at KDOC-TV.
Reporting and Writing on Journalism's New Frontier teaches students the fundamentals of good reporting tactics and gives them a solid command of basic writing techniques.
The book emphasizes practical skills a good journalist need before even beginning to report, understanding the kind of stories that work best for each medium, developing good news-gathering habits, and learning successful interviewing tactics.
It provides clear guidelines for quality writing including the importance of organizing a story before writing, purging writing of cliches, redundancies, and euphemisms, creating great headlines, and writing with clarity.
Individual chapters are devoted to the specific needs of writing for radio and writing for the web. The book also has sound advice on libel and slander laws, essential information for avoiding litigation.
Designed for multimedia journalism courses, Reporting and Writing on Journalism's New Frontier is a concise, current, engaging exploration of practical tools and techniques that writers can employ immediately and use every day.
Rowe wants to revolutionize journalism education by making his book affordable, updating it constantly and linking it to an array of journalism resources and learnings from professional organizations such as Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Poynter Institute.
"The tools we use in journalism are evolving at an ever-faster pace," said Rowe. "But the fundamentals of good reporting and writing remain the same. Journalists need to be able to examine ever-more complex source material, know what, where and how to research further, and then be able to write clearly for a range of media and deliver the story for the web, mobiles, radio, television and perhaps traditional print."
Rowe, a teacher at Fullerton College and California State University Fullerton, tells students that if they learn to engage and perform in a multimedia environment, they will find themselves well-positioned for the jobs of the future.
Pricing and ordering information to be released shortly.
About the Author
A graduate of the University of Hawaii, Jeff Rowe is the co-founder of the News Academy at Fullerton College. Rowe also is co-author of Emerging Issues in Contemporary Journalism.