If you want to be a great journalist, you must read a lot of books about your future profession. But in this variety you should find the most useful things, which will really help you any when. I think that one of the most interesting handouts for young journalists is «The Shape of the story». This text includes so many advices for beginners of telling news or narrative stories. How we must do it? In what way we will be successful? An author introduces you into the magic of Media World step by step.
At first, he says: «It does not matter how great you look, how nice you are or how many great story ideas you generate if you cannot tell the story in a clear and engaging way». So you can be a great journalist without perfect look. Because the main your weapon is word. If you want to take a good result with the telling any story, you must do it by the most effective ways. «The Shape of the story» recommends using correctly frames of sentences, more comfortable structure for viewers or readers and a lot of important things to support interest from audience. An author calls them «The gold coin moments». At the beginning of the story you should not give to readers all this «gold». Every story must surprises people.
Also «The Shape of the story» says that journalists must be careful to use cliché. Unfortunately, its so popular today of over the world press. Yes, its so comfortable to use for breaking news, when you are working in deadline. But the interests of mass from narrative stories demand any new forms and not standart phrases.
The biggest attention in this text gives to the practical examples of journalism. The most famous authors told about their experience in press and teach us. This combination of theory and practice is very convenient for understanding.
So, you must read it, young JOURNO =)