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Written by veteran journalist and noted professor Jim Willis , with an
epilogue by Marilyn Thomsen, this book introduces journalistic decision-making
into the classroom, alongside discussion of reporting and writing techniques.
Students peer inside the minds of a cross-section of print, broadcast, and
online journalists by way of exclusive interviews and additional research that
provide a deep, broad glimpse into how they perceive themselves, their world,
and their craft. Ultimately, this provocative text provides added insights into
how journalists think and why they do what they do.
Features and Benefits
Original interviews with contemporary journalists at varying career stages.
Offers a rarely seen, inside look at the world of journalists from media
outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, CNN , the Memphis
Commercial-Appeal, KUSA Television in Denver , and The Oklahoman. Anecdotes
involving how journalists work. Translates abstract thinking into the reality
of everyday journalism. Interviews with several war reporters. Portrays the
impact of covering war on those reporting from the field. An example of how
different journalists approach traumatic stories such as 9/11, the Oklahoma
City bombing, and Hurricane Katrina. Illuminates different orientations to
conveying truth and dealing with ethical dilemmas involved in such disaster
Seasoned journalists examine the following areas Factors that lure young
people into journalism as a career The stance journalists take toward the world
they are assigned to cover Ethical dilemmas How close to get to a story or how
far to distance themselves from it The socialization of journalists and the
role their own personal ideologies may play in their work as reporters and
editors How one’s faith might influence the coverage of a story The mixing of
news and entertainment
The Mind of a Journalist is an appropriate and innovative supplement for a
variety of media studies courses, including Introduction to Journalism, News
Writing and Reporting, Advanced Reporting, Journalism and Society, and Ethics,
among many others.