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    Intro to Journalism Handbook: An Open Educational Resource for Journalism Students

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    Michael Downing, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

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    Publisher: The Pennsylvania Alliance for Design of Open Textbooks (PA-ADOPT)

    Language: English

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    Table of Contents

    • About PA-ADOPT
    • About OER
    • About the Author
    • Table of Contents
    • Part One: Introduction 
    • Part Two: Key Concepts in Journalism 
    • Part Three: Format and Style
    • Part Four: Obits, Hard News, Press Releases, Sports, Opinions 
    • Part Five: Checklists for Covering Various Stories 
    • Part Six: The Impact of Social Media on Journalism
    • Part Seven: Artificial Intelligence and Journalism
    • Part Eight: Journalistic Code of Ethics 
    • Part Nine: Careers 
    • Part Ten: BLS: New Analysts, Reporters, Journalists 
    • Part Eleven: Exercises, Self Tests, and Useful Tools
    • Part Twelve: Resources 
    • Part Thirteen: Appendix 

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    About the Book

    This book is intended as an open educational resource for beginning journalism students. It contains information on such topics as the First Amendment, 5 Ws (and H), the inverted pyramid, headlines and subheads, AP and in-house style, writing and editing exercises, and guidance on strategies for covering various stories and/or events. 

    This book essentially replicates the structure of the author’s journalism classes, which are writing-intensive classes. As such, it focuses upon helping student writers begin working on reasonably serious, campus-level journalism assignments as quickly and effectively as possible. The goal is to submit stories, photos, and occasionally video to a university newspaper for publication, all the while following professional standards related to accuracy, clarity, grammar, and AP style.

    About the Contributors


    Michael Downing has worked as a professional technical writer and journalist for many years and has taught literature and writing courses at the college level for decades. Currently, he is part of the Professional Writing Program at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. In addition to completing this OER book project, he is also working on a collection of poetry, as well as a series of UK travel writings posted to his blog. 

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