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Covering Politics. A Handbook for Journalists. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5227129
  • Book
  • July 2004
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Covering the political and electoral process demands that political reporters thoroughly understand the process by which candidates run for office, political parties work, elections are held, the public policy agenda is shaped and how Americans select those who govern. But Covering Politics is more than candidates, parties, and elections. It’s the regulation of the process, political advertising, spin, media manipulation, non-traditional parties and candidates, non-partisan offices, and the role of polling and other public opinion research.

Author Rob Armstrong discusses the process as well as the day-to-day operation of political organizations, campaigns, strategists, consultants, pollsters, and the role of the reporters covering them all. The book probes the potential pitfalls that lurk for unsuspecting or naive reporters. Yet most of all, Covering Politics focuses on covering politics. In four insightful chapters throughout the book, Armstrong gives a “Roadmap for Reporters.” These “Roadmaps” discuss reportorial problems likely to be encountered and offer strategies, techniques, and tactics for better, more complete coverage.

As an added bonus, more than a dozen interviews are included from noted reporters, politicians, and academics, both inside and outside Washington, D.C. These reporting veterans share their real-world experience and practical, hard-nosed advice. Conversations with veteran political reporters include:

  • Bob Schieffer
  • David Broder
  • Jamie Dupree
  • Brit Hume
  • Brian Lamb
  • Elaine Povich
  • Candy Crowley
  • Marvin Kalb

Covering Politics: A Handbook for Journalists is the ideal resource for current and future reporters before they hit the campaign trail. .

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Acknowledgments xi

Section I Basic Background

Chapter 1 Overview 3

Chapter 2 The American Tradition 11

Chapter 3 Legal Benchmarks 37

Chapter 4 The Process 53

Chapter 5 Roadmap for Reporters: Getting Started 71

Section II The Campaign Trail

Chapter 6 Candidates and Campaigns 85

Chapter 7 The End of the Trail 107

Chapter 8 Roadmap for Reporters: The Campaign Trail and Beyond 119

Section III Nuts and Bolts

Chapter 9 Gadgets, Gizmos and Cyberspace 139

Chapter 10 Money and Manipulation 161

Chapter 11 Taking the Public Pulse 181

Chapter 12 Ethics 199

Chapter 13 Roadmap for Reporters: Advanced Techniques 209

Section IV Where Do We Go from Here?

Chapter 14 Learning from Our Mistakes 229

Chapter 15 Roadmap for Reporters: Better Stories, Better Coverage 251

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Rob Armstrong
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