I understand some of you are still having trouble getting a copy of Tim Harrower’s Inside Reporting, the required text for this class. In the meantime, while you’re waiting for your copy to come in, please read The Process of Writing News by R. Thomas Berner. It is available online for free (always a nice asset).
The Berner book was written in 1992, so it’s a definitely a little dated (that’s why we’re no longer using it as our primary text for this class). However, Berner’s basic info and advice on writing skills, writing leads and writing news stories is excellent. Even if you have a copy of Inside Reporting, you might want to read parts of the Berner Book as a supplement.
You’ll also find a link to the Berner book on the “Resources” tab/page of this blog.