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The Responsible Reporter

Journalism in the Information Age

Bruce J. Evensen

The third edition of The Responsible Reporter gives practical advice to beginning journalism students on how to be socially responsible reporters in the new digital landscape of news gathering and dissemination. The book provides specific insights into the ethical and legal challenges of reporting in this new online environment; the history of responsible reporting in America; and instructions on how to report and edit news while maintaining journalistic integrity. The many content areas addressed include:
- public affairs
- international reporting
- science and technology
- crime and law enforcement
- the arts and entertainment
- features
- business and finance
- broadcasting
- health and medicine
- religion and moral issues
- literary journalism
- sports
The book is designed as an introductory text for journalism courses but would also be useful for related classes such as magazine and feature writing, principles of journalism, and news editing.
A 50-page downloadable teacher’s guide is available on request by emailing
Contents: Bruce J. Evensen: What’s New in the News – Bruce J. Evensen: A History of Responsible Reporting - Janan Hanna: Sidebar: Responsible Reporting and the Law – Frederick R. Blevens: The Digital World and Responsible Reporting - Amy Schmitz Weiss: Sidebar: Collaborative Newsgathering - Art Golab: Sidebar: Data Base Reporting – Catherine Cassara-Jemai: Sourcing and Interviewing - Steve Smith: Sidebar: Interviewing – Bruce C. Swaffield: Going Online - Scott L. Powers: Sidebar: Arts and Entertainment Reporting – Shayla Thiel-Stern: Assembling an Online Story - James L. Aucoin: Sidebar: Investigative Reporting – David R. Davies: Beat Reporting and Community News - Carolyn S. Carlson: Sidebar: Covering Crime and Law Enforcement - Trace Regan: Sidebar: Reporting Race and Ethnicity - Sonny Rhodes: Sidebar: Science and Technology Reporting – Ann O’Data Lawson: Covering Speeches and Press Conferences - Lisa Pecot-Hebert: Sidebar: Covering Meetings - Ari L. Goldman: Sidebar: Reporting Religion and Moral Issues – Bruce J. Evensen: Writing the Lead - Edmund Lawler: Sidebar: Business and Finance Reporting – Mike Conklin: Writing a Newspaper Story - Debra A. Schwartz: Sidebar: Reporting National News - Lee Sillars: Sidebar: Reporting International News – Sandra Ellis: Writing and Reporting Radio News - Bruce J. Evensen: Sidebar: Creating a Broadcast Sound – David Marshall: Writing and Reporting Television News - Bruce J. Evensen: Sidebar: Creating a Broadcast Style – Sonny Rhodes: Feature Writing - Sam G. Riley: Sidebar: Commentary and Column Writing - Mike Conklin: Sidebar: Sports Reporting - Janice Hume: Sidebar: Writing the Obituary – James Martin: Writing for Magazines - John J. Pauly: Sidebar: Literary Journalism – David Copeland: Rewriting and Editing - Holly Shreve Gilbert: Sidebar: Health and Medicine Reporting - Shawn Murphy: Sidebar: Weekly Reporting.