…you might actually want to learn something, not by being forced to read things because there will be quiz on it but just to satisfy your intellectual curiosity about different approaches to newsgathering.
To that end, here’s a very diverse collection of resources freely available online for you to pursue and evaluate on your own. You’ll note they sometimes disagree. There’s not one way to do anything in journalism. Studying multiple approaches and finding what makes the most sense to you and especially to your audience is an important aspect of the profession.
- Reporting and Writing Basics from Reuters
- Melvin Mencher’s News Reporting and Writing with link to downloadable PDF
- Beginning News Writing course notes by Jan Shaw (PDF)
- Broadcast News Writing, Reporting and Producing by Ted White (PDF)
- Writing Style Differences in Newspaper, Radio and Television News by Irving Fang (old PDF)
- The News Manual from Anass Khabbaz in Morocco (PDF)
- How to Write a News Story by Vienna Leigh of the European Molecular Biology Lab