Heat and Light

Advice for the Next Generation of Journalists

Publisher: Broadway Books
In Heat & Light, a legendary journalist and a journalism professor join forces to offer a one-of-a-kind guide for our next generation of great journalists.  Drawing on the authors' decades of experience at the top of the field and inspired directly by beginners’ most frequently asked questions, Heat & Light offers invaluable advice on such topics as:
 
·        balancing drama and information (‘heat’ vs. ‘light’)
·        generating and evaluating story ideas
·        the secrets to crafting good ledes
·        creating strong packages for the internet, tv, and radio
·        the specific requirements of writing for print and broadcast
·        the art of the interview
 
Along the way, the authors share countless anecdotes from their own storied careers—and discuss larger questions such as the rapidly growing role of digital media and what it means for today’s aspiring journalists.
 
Includes an extensive "reporter’s toolbox" of checklists, techniques, and resources

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CHAPTER 1
THE FUNDAMENTALS OF GREAT JOURNALISM


The duty of journalists is to tell the truth.
Journalism means you go back to the actual facts,
you look at the documents, you discover what
the record is, and you report it that way.
—NOAM CHOMSKY, professor and author

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PRAISE FOR

"Sure to become the bible for new and aspiring journalists."
—William F. Baker, President Emeritus, WNET
  
"Want to change the world with your journalism? Pick up this readable and entertaining book!"
—Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor & Publisher, The Nation