The Shadow World: Life between the News Media and Reality

Synopsis

Willis examines the factors that contribute to the journalist's often faulty perception of reality, factors that are beyond the immediate control of the reporter. These include errant sources, competitive influences, the embedding process of storytelling, marketing's influence on the news, and the structure of news stories. The book stresses the difficulties of reporting and points out that the best reporters are those who will take time to recognize challenges and work to overcome them. Ideal as a supplementary text for advanced journalism courses in reporting, The Shadow World focuses on the complexities of good reporting.