Essential Public Affairs for Journalists (5th edition)

James Morrison

Essential Public Affairs for Journalists is the definitive handbook for journalism students and practising journalists. It guides readers through the constitutional framework and the governing institutions of the United Kingdom before considering the electoral system and the principal political parties. A number of key topics are discussed in turn including the National Health Service, education, utilities and industry, and social security. The author examines both how these services operate and how they can generate a wealth of reports for the student and professional journalist alike. The text is supported by an Online Resource Centre featuring: - Web links - Additional topical feature ideas - Tables to accompany the text - News feeds


1 The British constitution and monarchy
2 Parliamentary democracy in the UK
3 Prime minister, Cabinet, and government
4 Britain's electoral systems
5 Political parties, party funding, and lobbying
6 The National Health Service
7 The Treasury, industry, and the utilities
8 Social security and home affairs
9 The European Union and other international institutions
10 The origins and structure of local government
11 Financing local government
12 Local government decision-making
13 Local government accountability and elections
14 Education
15 Planning policy and environmental protection
16 Housing
17 Children's services and adult social care
18 Transport, environment, leisure, and culture
19 Freedom of information


James Morrison is a Reader in Journalism at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and a freelance journalist and writer. Previously, he was course leader of the NCTJ-accredited newspaper and magazine journalism programmes at City College Brighton and Hove and has been a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University. James is a senior examiner in public affairs for the NCTJ and a member of its Public Affairs board.