Academic journal article The Journalism Educator

Reviews -- Getting the Story: An Advanced Reporting Guide to Beats, Records and Sources by Henry H. Schulte and Marcel P. Dufresne

Academic journal article The Journalism Educator

Reviews -- Getting the Story: An Advanced Reporting Guide to Beats, Records and Sources by Henry H. Schulte and Marcel P. Dufresne

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Schulte, Henry H., and Marcel P. Dufresne (19941. Getting the Story: An Advanced Reporting Guide to Beats, Records and Sources. New York: Macmillan College Publishing Company, 459 pp. Paperback, $37.

Getting the Story may become the most useful book on the reporter's shelf--or the one most gladly dumped by students at semester's end.

Written by two authors with top-notch credentials (both have strong newspaper backgrounds, and Schulte is author of the 1981 text Reporting Public Affairs), the book abounds in background facts and wisdom. It is also replete with insiders' tips on handling a broad spectrum of major news beats ranging from city hall and the statehouse to business, labor, and health, from the courts and the cops to education and the environment.

Therein lies the book's value. For young reporters just assigned to key beats, Getting the Story may become as indispensable a handbook on covering the news as Rene Cappon's The Word is on writing it. To mention just one part of the text, the chapter on "Politics and the Reporter" is a crisp, straight-ahead survey of the subject, rich in shrewd advice clearly presented.

But when the news professional's handbook is assessed as a college textbook, aimed at undergraduates (however advanced) rather than working journalists, its value is less certain. …

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