Views of The News Manual ... and other issues

The following are some views and comments on The News Manual and other issues in the world of journalism and media education. They are the views of contributors and, while they are moderated, their inclusion does not mean they are endorsed by The News Manual editor.

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I have been reading the online news manual quite regularly. And I have found it very very useful for students of journalism as well as for the teachers of journalism. The way news manual helps to understand each and every aspect of reporting is amazing. This is a guideline for all those who want to practice journalism but don't have any formal education.
Thank you for this reading treat.
Ashwini Kamble
India

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I must confess that am very lucky coming across this very inspiring site. I'm gonna recommend it for my colleagues. Please include my mail address on your mailing lists.
Ayobami Kareem
Eagle's Eye Communication, The Polytechnic Ibadan (AOCE)
Oyo State, Nigeria.

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This is Cirimaya, doing my BA in journalism in Madras Christian College, Tambaram, Chennai.
News Manual notes regarding journalism is very much helpful and useful to me. Thank you for the need.
Cirimaya
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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I went through stuff prepared by the News Manual under your leadership and guidance. I find it worth to students of journalism as well as practicing media persons. I like the quotes put here and I will share it with my students. I have been  journalist for more than two decades and served with BBC as Rajasthan correspondent for more than a decade based in Jaipur. A year ago I shifted myself to teaching and joined as Professor, media studies  at a newly formed Haridev Joshi University of Journalism and Mass Communication. It is state run university and located in Jaipur, the provincial capital of Rajasthan. I really appreciate your efforts and dedication to help the students willing to emerge as a good journalists. With warm regards -
Prof Narayan Bareth
Head of Media Studies HJUJ
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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I wish to thank you for writing and putting up the News Manual on the Internet. I am a journalist, about 50 years old, and have been worried about retrenchment, so I was looking for a way to improve my skills and ensure security. I typed “journalism basics” in Google and out popped The News Manual. I must tell you that it was delight to read volume one on basic techniques. I had two days’ leave from office and so read most the chapters twice. I will read them again after a gap. The name The News Manual is prosaic, but it was a pleasure to read it, the kind one gets from a work of art. It has helped me gain confidence in my skills and I plan to dip into the manual from time to time. I hope God will reward you.
Pankaj Kumar

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I read your ‘The News Manual’. I think it is a complete book of journalism and very fruitful to the student of journalism. Thanks.
Rajendra Tyagi

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I am Victoria Graham, the training editor at the Star newspaper in Nairobi.
I worked for The AP for 22 years. Among other things, I am trying to help the online department here. I know about clarity, brevity, lively writing and punchy headlines, but I would appreciate materials I could share with the online department. Your index is impressing but I didn’t spot anything on copyediting, subbing for the web. If I missed it, kindly point me in the right direction. Thank you.
Victoria Graham
The Star
Nairobi, Kenya

Editor’s Note: At present The News Manual Online does not have separate chapters on specialist skills such as sub-editing. This was a decision made when writing the original three-volume text, which was meant to provide guidance on basic techniques. It is hoped that more specialist areas can be covered in due time, including new media and digital journalism. Please keep visiting The News Manual Online to see how we are going.

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I am from Bangladesh. I am a student @ Journalism and Media studies In Manarat International University. Your web site is a very good. Every day I visit your website. The newsmanual is a very helpful to journalists and journalism students. I wish to you best of luck.
Zahid Foysal
University in Dhaka
Bangladesh

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My name is Alex Blege. I completed my journalism education at the Ghana Institute of Journalism in 2010. It is my desire to use your resources to learn more and improve on my journalism. Currently I run a blog where I write articles on the day-to-day affairs that affect development in my country. Blog address is www.gudzetsekomla.blogspot.com.  The blog title is "STROKE OF MY PEN".
Kwame Blege
Accra, Ghana

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Thank you very much for preparation of such a helpful website. I am going to read your lessons, in order to be a journalist. But I have a question; there is a sentence in your website:  "Write and write and write again until your skills are as sharp as a razor". I need some one to read my writings and correct them, show me my mistakes. Is it possible in your website? Thank you very much.
Jafar Rahbari

I have found your website "thenewsmanual.net" is more than informative and great in terms of providing best and congruent information relating to media and news. Sir, these days I am on a project to prepare report on media and its ethics so I am seeking your help if you could send me details regarding "Media Ethics".  I would be very much obliged to you.
Syed Imran Ali

Editor's Note: Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to give individual tuition or coaching to readers of The News Manual Online. However, journalists must get used to all sorts of people reading their work, so ask people you know who might help; then listen to their feedback.

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Good day. I have used your site for some times and it has been so helpful. I put this mail to ask whether these resources are in a single collection. If yes, how can one get the books? If no, I will only plead your office to  consider making it a book.  Thanks you.
Ngutsav M. Benjamin
Nigeria

I find your website every education and interesting. I work for a television station in Samoa. I wonder if you are selling hard copies of the Manuals that you have on the website? We would be interested in buying copies.
Faiesea Matafeo
Samoa

I am a senior lecturer of journalism and mass communication. I am interested in your manual online but due to difficult internet connections it is always difficult to get the document. I would very much appreciate it if you can post any relevant material that you think might be useful for the over 600 students that I teach.
Henry Muluh
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

University of Buea
Cameroon

Greetings and best wishes from Ethiopia. I have gone through the materials you have posted online regarding the news manual. The material is very good for practical work. Can you please send me a consolidated package of the manual in a single folder as I do not have daily access to internet connection. I thank you in advance for your support.
Solomon Dibaba
Ethiopia

I'm writing to you from Bhutan, a small Himalayan country sandwiched between India and China.  Bhutanese media industry (especially print media) is going through bad times facing public criticism over under-quality reporting and poor contents. This is mainly to do with novice reporters running the newsrooms. Senior journalists have all left the industry given its weak financial health and sustainability issues. Therefore, I've have taken on a social work to coach our young and amateur news reporters here in one of the private newspapers in the country. I'm a former journalist. I'll be very grateful to your organization if you could kindly send us a copy of news manuals which will help me coach these young reporters and also have these books for their reference.
Khampa Tshering
Bhutan Times
Thimphu-Bhutan

Through a research I have been doing on the internet I came across  your material titled the News Manual which is so key for my job more especially as a coming up in the field of journalism. I will be grateful indeed if you can kindly make available to me a copy of the above-mentioned manual.
Brima Sannoh,
Eastern Community Radio

Kenema, Sierra Leone

Greetings, please I will be glad if you can send me the complete copy of the news manual, this will help me to improve on my profession as am new in journalism. Currently doing my basic course and I am having challenges. Thanks.
Oluchi Chibuzor

Good morning. Just wanna inquire with your book volume3: ethics and law. How can I be able to purchase that one? Thanks.
Jerissa Valeriano
Philippines

Hi, I am referring the news manual its superb!!! Can I get the volumes???? As I am pursuing journalism it helping me a lot and its terrific work. Salute to u guys. I am from India.
Mahesh Gowda
India

I'm interested for investigative news reporting and also developing skills. If you can, please send me some guidelines of investigative reporting and skill development in pdf file. Currently I'm doing journalism.
Bishal Bhattarai
Nagarik National Daily (Gulmi)
Nepal

Editor's Note: Unfortunately The News Manual is no longer published in hard copy form and at present there is no way to download The News Manual Online apart from one web page (chapter) at a time, which is not easy. It has been our long-term intention to provide The News Manual in pdf files, but due to resource limits this has not yet happened. Keep coming back though.

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This glossary is pretty cool, and seems to include terms for both print and broadcast journalism. I noticed the term “canned quote” was missing. This is usually a quote copy and pasted from a press release or a sound-bite pre-recorded and provided upon request. It’s not a quote the reporter obtained during an actual interview. Tis all, take care!
Champaign Williams
San Fernando Valley Business Journal
California, USA

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Thank you for what you are providing. I've benefited much enough ind I pray for you to be blessed for your good work. Keep on going.
Kadiri Mwynyi
Tanzania

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Looking for some useful tips on how to edit crime stories and put perspectives, I came across http://www.thenewsmanual.net/Manuals%20Volume%202/volume2_36.htm. It came as a surprise for me in the subject. It told me some questions that I, as a copy editor, must ask the crime reporter which he/she has missed to address in the story due to overburden. For instance, when a theft of a car has been reported, I must ask the number of times the crime has repeated. Well, in case we find out that the number is one hundred or five hundred, the dead story is resurrected. However, it also depends where the crime has happened - a big city or a small one or a posh residential area or a commercial place. I would love to be given such enlightening perspectives frequently. Thanks.
Suvadeep Chakravarty
Copy editor,
Times of India

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Thank you for the best materials in your web. It is easy to understand and clear. You make each and every topic simple and to the point. Thank you super job!
Rebecca Hunde
Ethiopia

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I find this manual very educative and worth. Thank you.
Ravi Sankar Battula
Vaartha Telegu Daily
Mahanandi, Kurnool District, Andrha Pradesh, India

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I like all of this content which is sufficient to know about the media and its function. But I feel the lack about some content which is focused about the third country like Nepal. There is a vast different in the Media practices between First world and Less developed world. I know the bitter reality of the world and I know how the media functions their own limitation. As a lecture of Journalism and mass communication I always worry how do students gain knowledge and which methods they know the reporting skills. In Nepal there are few media houses which are really doing ethically. Few media institutions are able to produce a perfect journalist. Your web portal is too much helpful to teach the student. Thank you for this kind job.
Janakraj Sapkota
Kantipur publication
Kathmandu, Nepal

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You people are doing great job. The data I studied here is knowledgeable. Thanks
Naseer Chishti
Gujar Khan, Pakistan

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found the web site link interesting and rewarding at the same time. The more you research into the matter, the better it gets.
Navin Chand
Fiji National University
Suva, Fiji

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It is a good News Manual that I depend on to get help how to practise journalism. Thank you.
Leon Bahati
Mwananchi Communications Ltd
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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I have really appreciated what you are doing. Keep it up.
Erick Maranga
Nairobi Aviation College
Nairobi, Kenya

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This is indeed an incredible work. In fact, you've touched lives, including mine. More power to your elbow. May God bless you tremendously in return. Kudos to you. Please update me when there is any development.
Asimiyu Opeyemi Oluwatoba
Ekiti State University (formerl UNAD) Students Press Corps,
Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria

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I want to receive more of your articles. They are good.
Tony Nkhoma
Zambia News and Information Service (ZANIS), Zambia

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What a find! This impressive site is an absolute must for all serious journalists and bloggers. Congratulations and thanks very much to all who contributed.
D.K. Janotta
Brno, Czech Republic

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I will be happy to improve my knowledge in this world of journalism and I know you are of great help to me by giving me study materials to learn. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.
Nana Quarme
All Stars Media College
Ghana

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Wow. This site is very informative. I like how each section of information is divided. This would help a first year journalism student a lot. Pity it's my third year, I already have such knowledge.
Tshepiso Monkoe,
Tshwane University of Technology,
Johannesburg, South Africa

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Your 'The News Manual' is very good. Please avail more study/training resources in the various journalism subjects. Be blessed.
Mukokoma E.S.
Uganda Institute of Business and Media Studies
Kampala, Uganda

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This is a great website; thanks so much for taking the time to put it together. I'm impressed.
Leonie Everson,
Public Relations
Australia

I have the interest to do more in the field of journalism.
Ramsey T Gorwor
African Methodist Episcopal University
Monrovia, Liberia

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I have read this book. I must really appreciate the good effort made by coming up with such knowledge and sharing it with people world wide. I am a second year student in Kitwe in the Copperbelt province in Zambia. Journalism has been my passion and reading this book has really added more courage in me in pursuing this career. Thanks so very much.
Clinton Masumba
Copperstone University
Kitwe, Zambia

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I find this site very invaluable! I'm currently going through 'The News Manual Online'. Since leaving school several years ago, I have never come across a guide, on-line or off-line, that keeps me abreast with up-to-date knowledge of modern practice of journalism. More rewarding are the suggested links that are platforms where hard-bitten journalists/educators showcase their expertise with scintilating guides to the modern practice of journalism. By making this site friendly, media students, practising journalists and educators alike would get rid of stereotyped version of training. I therefore advise student and practicing journalists to stick to this site and its links. Thanks to the editor and the contributors.
Aliyu Muhammad Kawaye
Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)
Kaura Namoda, Nigeria

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Please keep me informed of any news or articles that would be of great help to my journalism course. I appreciate your website. Thanks.
Al Alfonso
Seattle, Washington, USA

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Its a Commendable job and nice platform to a healthy discussion.
Jai Prakash Sharma
ITFT, India

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Its helpful.
Sneha Majumder
Kolkata, India

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I get good knowledge from your page. Thanks.
Syed Kaleemuddin Ahmed
Sada-e-Hussaini Urdu Daily
Hyderabad, India

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Your site is recommended by our teacher for Legal and Ethical studies. I found it to have everything I need for the assessments. It is easily understood, written in plain English. Thank you for your website.
Robyn Jones
Wollongong TAFE, NSW, Australia

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I really like to know fresh information about my field.
Sabawoon Sadiq
Shamashad TV, Afghanistan

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Thanks for providing these very helpful guides free of charge.
Kim Jones
Chevy Chase, MD, USA

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This is very sound, well researched resource material that can be used at all levels in the media industry. As a former Lecturer and now Public Informatuion Officer with a UN Mission, I find it handy whenever I am facilitating a workshop or training for media practitioners. This is a superbly useful material of all times.
Dr Daniel Adekera
UN Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur
El Fasher, Sudan

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Your website is very educative and I would like to be on your mailing list in case of any new information. Thank you. Keep it up!
Susan Athiei Mangar
The Citizen Newspaper
Juba, South Sudan

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I've really enjoyed your informative and educative website. Can you please show me a section for submitting questions?
Chimucheka Prince
Harare, Zimbabwe

Editor's Note: If you have questions on journalism or the media, please use the Contacts page. We will try to answer those that we can.

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I find this manual very educative and worth. I am trying to write a new form of journalism called protective journalism, I therefore request you allow me to quote this manual.
Francis Mwiinga
Freelance Journalist
Lusaka, Zambia

Editor's Note: We frequently receive requests to quote from The News Manual. You can do this without permission under the “fair dealing” provisions of copyright laws in most countries. To reproduce large sections or whole chapters, writers must seek written approval by contacting The News Manual through the Contacts page.

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Thanks so much for making this available online. I'm an educator and free-lance writer, but my journalism has been self-taught (I was an English major). Many times I've wondered which lines I've crossed, and this manual helps me better understand the journalism process.
Christine
Educator
USA

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Most useful collection in this. It is very useful to journalists. I came on this webpage today and found much new knowledge.
Satish C. Mishra Suman
Hindustan Media Ventures Ltd.
Daltanganj, India

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The News Manual has been very helpful in the pursuit of academic excellence in my media studies by giving me all I need to excel at ease. I recommend it for all media students. Thanks.
Samuel Viyikuta
Jos, Nigeria

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Good material on MEDIA LAW. Data has proved helpful to my assignment. Thumbs up! Joseph
Journalism/media student
Zambia

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Very productive and informative website for the law practioner.Good work.
Altaf Ahmed,
Mir Legal solutions
Toronto, Canada

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I think that you people are doing good job.Today when media is everywhere there is tremendous need to educate people about media.
Siddhartha Negi
School of Mass Communication
Chandigarh, India

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David this is really excellent- well done. I will advise students and use it frequently.
Peter Jeppesen
Deakin/Victoria University
Australia

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Found this site to be of profound significance, a 'neutral' and very 'handy library' for my studies as a Journalism student here at the University of The South Pacific, Fiji. Thanks to the committed brains and hands behind this. I am certainly recommending this site to my colleagues.
Dalavera Leni,
USP,
Fiji.

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thank you for creating this site it is helpful when i am completing assignments and i found it so easily thanks a lot.
Teresa Russhell Primus
University of Guyana
Georgetown, Guyana

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Nice to know about such a service.
Bhaskar Upreti
Hindustan Times
Dehradun, India

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Your website has rich journalism resource materials. Please keep it up.
Victor O. Uddo
Nigerian Institute Of Journalism,
Ogba, Lagos, Nigeria

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Your services for the journalist and for the media educators who teach journalism are very beneficial and invaluable. I appreciate and hope you would allow me to study the matters for my media students. Your Manual is also very helpful to the students of media. Thanks. Yours truly,
Masood Ahmed Khan
Media educator
Karachi, Pakistan

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I am Ruhina. I am a journalist working on a daily newspaper. I like the site. It’s really helpful.
Ruhina Ferdous
Bonik Barta (The Daily Newspaper)
Bangladesh

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I love The News Manual. I will like to learn more from it.
Fomuso Yves Lebaga
Journalism/media student
Yaounde, Cameroon

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I am a self-funded retired senior journalist currently researching all I can find about Global Communication as a "knowledge gift" to PBC where I served on staff in the printshop 1966-1968. Very impressed professionally and ethically with your site and continuing work. We share many of the same values and beliefs. Keep in touch! I live and work currently in Melbourne.
Noel James Buchanan
Research for Prairie Bible College
Three Hills, Alberta, Canada

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I find all the material I need for my classes. Clear, concise and efficient. Thanks a lot!
Laura Borodnikoff
BAE Academy
Argentina

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I was a journalist back in Fiji but now studying at Delhi University. I enjoy reading the manuals and will encourage my fellow colleagues to check it out too. I can relate to the manuals since they are designed for Pac journos. Excellent and great stuff.
Mereseini Marau
Delhi University
New Delhi, India

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I am a media educator also. I found this site very useful for me. I am using this site as my resources. Regards,
Amrit Dahal
Terai Television Network
Kathmandu, Nepal

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This site is useful for us. It contains topics which are covered in our 1st semester. I want if u can give other information which can be helpful in our further curriculum/studies.
Gayatri Laha
Naxatra Institute of Media Studies,
Bhubaneshwar,India

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Very useful for the working journalist as well as for the media students and educators.
Kishore Kumar Malviya
Newzstreet
New Delhi, India

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I'm really glad that I got all the basic information in short in this manual. Thanks for making it in such a creative way to make us understand everything about journalism.
Taruna Tomar
SNDT University
Matunga
Mumbai, India

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It's very helping and productive.
Hassan Ali Tipu
ISP
Multan, Pakistan

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Well, I studied language in the university and after graduating accepted a salesman job offer. Six months into the job and feeling the need to pursue journalism. While at campus, I took some journalism courses. Is there a possibility of downloading the 1st volume of the manual so that I hone my journalistic  skills? Thanks in advance.
Oliver Odhiambo
Mombasa, Kenya

Editor's Note: Unfortunately at present there is no way to download The News Manual apart from one web page (chapter) at a time, which I will admit is not very successful.I intend looking at converting The News Manual into pdf files which can be downloaded from the site, though this may take several months .

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I must say I am very impressed and very happy to learn that there is a site where journalists can visit to learn more about what they do that is, journalism. As a student, the glossary or terms used by a journalist really help me a lot as I learn some languages used by journalists. With these terms, I am convinced that journalism is a profession with ethics and purpose. I would also like to commend theinitiators of this site to improve on what they have started; they can include some topics studied under journalism such as news writing, for students of journalism to enhance and add to their study of journalism. Thank you.
Josephine Abena Nyarkoh
Ghana Institute of Journalism
Tema, Ghana

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Weblinks are very useful for me to teach students.
Sachin D. Shirode
Visiting faculty
Mumbai, India

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These help a lot in my paper work as a Development Communication student! I'm done reading the Volume 1 of The News Manual Online, next stop is the Volume 2 and 3. Do not be fed up in giving this information to interested persons like me. :) To David Ingram, your the best! :))
Clarence de Leon,
Nueva Ecija, Philippines

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I like this site.. really helps me with my work as a journalist and news reporter. I hope that more constructive [material] is yet to come. Thankx
Jese Tuiqila Masarau
World Harvest Broadcast Network
Suva Fiji

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It would be wonderful to discover that The News Manual was still available as the region's best training manual.
Kind regards,
Bob Makin
Port Vila, Vanuatu

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Thank you very much for publishing online The News Manual. I found it, especially Volume II, very useful as I teach science reporting for development communication students here at Central Luzon State University.
Luz Abad-Jove
Central Luzon State University
Science City of Munoz
Nueva Ecija, Philippines

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It's my first time to meet you over the internet but I am glad to see you here. Greetings from Istanbul, a beautiful city from Turkey...
Sahika Temur
Daily Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey

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Nice work. I got a lot of information about crime reporting and know our laws.
Nabil Ahmed Khan
Islamic University of Bahawalpur
Mailsi, Pakistan

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I am very impressed with what you have given us in these materials because they are very helpful, and the language used is very simple and clear where it is very easy to understand.
Milembe Dashina
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


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I wanted to know some information on how I could possibly obtain skills to become a journalist and I found this website to be very helpful. thankyou.
Sarita Andrews
Australia

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I cannot stop encouraging reporters and journalism students to check The News Manual, Vols 1, 2 & 3. Thank you, it suits Fiji and Pacific media. Simple, direct and right to the point, it helps us inform our public correctly.
Maikeli Seru Vesikula,
Chief Sub-Editor
Fiji Sun Limited
Suva, Fiji

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I have been using the hard copies of the news manual to teach journalism students since joining the staff at DWU. Now the books are online, it is even more convenient for staff & students. I have known David Ingram and late Peter Henshall who used to write our Media Watch columns at The Times in the 80s. The online News Manual will be a lasting legacy of their valuable contribution to journalism.
Em nau.
Patrick Matbob
Communication Arts Department
Divine Word University, Madang, Papua New Guinea

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I have visited your website and found the News Manual very very interesting and relevant to my University as a textbook as well. May I get permission to use it as an official reference book to the University? And, I can I get some hard copies (at least two) for the library purpose? I would be glad to hear from you.
Bhanu Bhakta Acharya,
Dept of Journalism, Purbanchal University
Nepal

Editor's Note: Unfortunately, the hard copy 'The News Manual' has been out of print for several years. While we have no immediate plans to re-publish in paper form, it is a possibility for the future, if funding became available. The response to The News Manual online suggests the web version may satisfy many people's needs, though we would like to hear from people whether there is a demand for a hard copy or CD ROM edition.

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The News Manual is simply out of this world. In my more than fifty years of acting as a journalist, I do think that you have the best site on the subject.
José Luis Belmar
Journalist
TV Azteca, Radio Mil
Mexico

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What a great resources for a student writer!!!  I have just shared it on facebook!
Penni Fisher
Journalism/media student
Melbourne, Victoria

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I just wanted to congratulate you guys on providing such a fantastic resource for (budding) journalists! I am currently studying the media law module of a part-time bachelor of communications and have found your site invaluable. Keep up the good work!
Peta Watson
Melbourne

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I find this site very useful and really resourceful.
Shino Varghese
Journalism/media educator
India


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This job entails learning on a daily basis. You guys are doing a good job brushing us up. Thanks.
Rotimi Kweku Tagoe
Mainsource Media Incorporated
Nigeria

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Even though i have not yet gone through all the chapters in the manual, i find it very interesting and useful. I hope i will learn a lot from the manual. Thank you very much.
Khut Sokhoeun
Women's Media Center of Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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This News Manual covered everything which I need to know. Thanks for all people who worked to make this happen. Please may I know how I can get this News Manual as a hard copy.
Joseph Chikaka
Journalism/media student
Dodoma, Tanzania

I would like to have details on how I can purchase the three book series of The News Manual which I strongly believe will be of great benefit to me.
Samuel Sukhnandan
Guyana Times Inc.
Georgetown, Guyana

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You people have done a great job in getting the journalists aware of precious and concise theoretical aspects of journalism that are more than practical experience.
Jitendra Kumar Shrivastav
jewellery market newspaper
Delhi, India.

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I manage the online component of the BA in Communication Arts and Technology degree [at UTECH]. I source sites which provide excellent reading and suggest that the staff follow up.  I find the site to be an EXCELLENT one and have it rated as “hot” and “must visit”.  Please keep it up!
Michelle McKoy
University of Technology

Kingston, Jamaica

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Thank you for your site, it greatly helps me in educating budding journalists in our place. I myself am working as a journalist but I need sites like this to further enhance my skills and impart important matters to my students. Thank you.
Pretty Abegail C. Pacilan
Zamboanga del Norte United Correspondents
Dipolog City, Philippines

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Having gleaned through some of the topics, I find them refreshing and would certainly recommend them to my colleagues. This is a site I shall be visiting regularly for professional inspiration. Do keep up the good work.
Funmi Wakama
Nigerian Television Authority, NTA
Abuja, Nigeria.


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I find the resources here very useful and timely reminders of sometimes forgotten ethics of the profession.
Lekan Otufodunrin
The Nation
Lagos, Nigeria

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Got extremely useful material.
Subhash Dhuliya
Indira Gandhi National Open University,
New Delhi, India


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Such an incredible website I ever read. There should be some articles about headlines (news, column, editorial, article), that [show] how to make headlines, what should be criteria, kinds of headlines, how to get excellence in headlines etc.
Nasir Hafeez
Daily Nawa-e-Waqt
Lahore, Pakistan


Editor's Note: Unhappily, Peter Henshall was the great headline expert and his death meant the revised The News Manual Online is missing material in this area. In 1986 he wrote an excellent, detailed 230-page guide for the University of Papua New Guinea Print Media Production program but I don't know of any copies left in circulation. Harold Evans wrote perhaps the definitive book on News Headlines in his five-volume "Editing and Design" series (William Heinemann, 1974), but this has been out of print for many years. Does anyone know of any good modern guides, either Online or in-print?

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I am very pleased to let you know that my senior editors have been encouraged to read "The News Manual" regularly. Our young reporters said the manual is very helpful to enrich their skills. One thing they keep asking is that they would like to get a copy each of the manual so that they can read it at home or anywhere they go after their duties.
Tibwere Bobo
Broadcasting & Publications Authority
Kiribati

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I first came across the News Manual when I was visiting UPNG and later used it when I was teaching journalism at USP in Fiji. I was delighted to find it on line last year and have used it here at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. Of course, I have had to adapt it somewhat - the references to beer and pigs had to go and the cyclone in the first volume wiped out Sohar in Oman. However, as a manual for people for whom English is not their first language it is hard to beat and I will be using it again this semester. Thank you so much for making it available again.
Philip Cass
College of Communications and Media Science
Zayed University
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

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it's a very good attempt to learn journalism in easy ways. i support u.
Pratik Awasthi
Working journalist
Daily Prabhat Khabar, India

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I learnt a lot from The News Manual Online.
Shanthanu Bhattachaarya
Working journalist
Calcutta, India

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Apesar de se referir a uma realidade anglófila, trata-se de um recurso muito interessante, quer para profissionais e jovens jornalistas como para cidadãos que criam conteúdos. (Though referring to a more anglophile reality, it’s a most interesting resource, whether for pros and young journalists as for content generating citizens.)
Alex Gamela,
O Lago/The Lake

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Looks like there’s some great information included. It will definitely be a useful resource as we do our trainings/events around the region with ABU member broadcasters. I will also forward it to colleagues who may find it useful. Thanks for sharing it.
Francyne Harrigan
Development Projects Department
Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union

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A colleague has just forwarded me the link to The News Manual. It's a wonderful online resource for young journalists. As a broadcasting union, we represent TV and radio stations across Asia and the Pacific, and I'm going to send the link to all our news contacts. Many thanks for making the manual freely available.
Alan Williams
Managing Editor, Asiavision
Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union

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I have been using the books since I started teaching at USP, and the updated, online versions are very welcome. What I find appealing about The News Manual series is that they were written with the Pacific island journalism student in mind; in simple, clear journalistic style English. This makes them ideal for second-language users. I find this lacking in some of the more recent books. The News Manual is unique in that it was created specifically for Pacific Island j-students. The authors have worked with island students and understand the language challenges that they face. This is why the books are so good.
Shailendra Singh
Senior Lecturer/Divisional Head, Journalism
University of the South Pacific
Suva, Fiji

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This is brilliant!
I well recall Peter Henshall and David Ingram setting up this excellent work at the start of the 'Nineties. As an extremely useful tool to get well into our trade it is unrivalled, and I regret losing my copies of the 3 volumes at one stage, probably on my way into administration, or right out of the media, or back into becoming The Vanuatu Indy's editor - somewhere along the way.
My colleague here from nearly two decades ago in Radio Vanuatu still has her three volumes so close to her desk she can just reach out and grab them. And they look very used. Is the print version still available?
May I congratulate all concerned on an excellent idea: the return of The News Manual is welcomed by The Indy and all who sail within her.
Bob Makin
Editor
The Vanuatu Independent

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Congratulations on the initiative and i note with great joy the 3 manuals have been updated after a review. So many years after leaving J-School at UPNG, i still find the manuals useful as a practicing journalist and an educator. At least now there will be no more photo copying as students can go to this excellent website and get as much information as they want to. I'm spreading the word and again, i salute the initiative.
Dina namona
Titi Gabi
PNGFM

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The News Manual Volumes 1 - 3 was the 1st set of publications I read when I joined UNESCO in 2005 and I'm utterly delighted to see the entire publication online and free!
Abel Caine
Adviser for Communication & Information
UNESCO Office for the Pacific States
Apia, Samoa

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Congratulations! This is a very useful resource! I have put this item out on our Pacific Media watch elist and database: www.pacmediawatch.aut.ac.nz
Cheers
David
Associate Professor David Robie
Director Pacific Media Centre
Auckland
Aotearoa/New Zealand

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The Manuals are excellent, professionally written, easy to understand and best suited most of our working newsroom environment. I have known the late Mr Peter Henshall well, he once facilitated a workshop for us in Vanuatu on Feature Writing, and I still to this very day treasure his leadership skills and qualities. Thank you UNESCO for making it possible to actually have the three editions of 'The News Manual', now online. We have tried in the past to request for hard copies made available to our Journalism Students at the Vanuatu Institute of Technology (VIT) in Port Vila, Vanuatu but understand the books were out of stock. Now with the launch of The News Manual website, it certainly will be a big advantage for our students as it will definitely bring in a wealth of useful training materials, resources and information especially on how to capture the best newsroom style of writing techniques for our students at the VIT.
Shirley Joy
Brussels
Belgium

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Reviews of The News Manual
  1. Pina Nius
  2. Australian Journalism Review
  3. Catholic Media Council
  4. Assoc. Professor David Robie
  5. Pacific Media Centre blogspot
  6. Journalism.co.uk
 
 
 
 

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