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LINGUIST List 21.802

Tue Feb 16 2010

Books: Pragmatics/Sociolinguistics: Cotter

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        1.    Daniel Davies, News Talk: Cotter

Message 1: News Talk: Cotter
Date: 11-Feb-2010
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: News Talk: Cotter
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Title: News Talk
Subtitle: Investigating the Language of Journalism
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Colleen Cotter
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521819619 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 85.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521819619 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 50.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521525657 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 18.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521525657 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 32.99

Written by a former news reporter and editor, News Talk gives us an
insider's view of the media, showing how journalists select and construct
their news stories. Colleen Cotter goes behind the scenes, revealing how
language is chosen and shaped by news staff into the stories we read and
hear. Tracing news stories from start to finish, she shows how the actions
of journalists and editors - and the limitations of news writing formulas -
may distort a story that was prepared with the most determined effort to be
fair and accurate. Using insights from both linguistics and journalism,
News Talk is a remarkable picture of a hidden world and its working
practices on both sides of the Atlantic. It will interest those involved in
language study, media and communication studies and those who want to
understand how media shape our language and our view of the world.


Part I. The Process and Practice of Everyday Journalism: 1. An
interactional and ethnographic approach to news media language; 2. Craft
and community: reading the ways of journalists; 3. The ways reporters learn
to report and editors learn to edit;

Part II. Conceptualizing the News: 4. News values and their significance in
text and practice; 5. The 'story meeting': deciding what's fit to print; 6.
The interaction-based nature of journalism;

Part III. Constructing the Story: Texts and Contexts: 7. Story design and
the dictates of the 'lead'; 8. 'Boilerplate': simplifying stories,
anchoring text, altering meaning; 9. Style and standardization in news

Part IV. Decoding the Discourse: 10. The impact of the news process on
media discourse; Conclusion and key points;

Appendix 1. Story samples;

Appendix 2. Outline guide for the analysis of news media language;

Appendix 3. SPJ ethics code;

Glossary of news and linguistic terms;


Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Written In: English (eng )

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