The Universal Journalist

The Universal Journalist

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This fully updated introduction to all aspects of being a journalist includes new sections on handling numbers ad statistics, computer assisted reporting and writing for the Web, as well as an extensive revised chapter on what makes a good reporter, an a new section on sources. Irrespective of language or culture, good journalists share a common commitment to the search for truth, often in far from ideal circumstances. With this assertion, David Randall emphasises that good journalism isn't just about universal objectives: it must also involve the acquisition of a range of skills that will empower journalists to operate in an industry where ownership, technology and information is constantly changing. This acclaimed handbook challenges old attitudes, procedures and techniques of journalism where they are seen as cynical and sloppy.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 133.9 x 213.4 x 15.2mm | 408.07g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • index
  • 0745316417
  • 9780745316413
  • 791,128

About David Randall

David Randall is a British journalist who has written for four national newspapers, news editing three of them. He is now news executive and senior writer at the Independent on Sunday, covering major national and international stories. He has lectured in journalism all over the world, and writes a column for Internazionale in Italy.show more

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"I like its common-sense practicality, its firm belief in honest reporting, and its commitment to quality... David Randall's fluent style and his superb range of examples make this book a pleasure to read. Anyone who wants to be a journalist should go through it again, and again, and again." Val Williams, Press Division, The Thomson Foundation "This is one of the best books around about plying the trade. Packed with handy hints and anecdotes.. An essential, down-to-earth guide to what the job is all about." --Press Wise Bulletin 'I like its common-sense practicality, its firm belief in honest reporting, and its commitment to quality... David Randall's fluent style and his superb range of examples make this book a pleasure to read. Anyone who wants to be a journalist should go through it - again, and again, and again.' --Val Williams, Press Division, The Thomson Foundation 'This is one of the best books around about plying the trade. Packed with handy hints and anecdotes ... An essential, down-to-earth guide to what the job is all about' --Press Wise Bulletinshow more

Table of contents

Universal journalism; the limitations of journalism; news value; what makes a good reporter; questioning; sources; investigative reporting; new ethics; writing for newspapers; intros; construction and description; comment, intentional and otherwise; news editing; information journalism; fixed features; creating and re-creating newspapers; layout and projection; how to manage staff; technology and the future of journalism; online journalism.show more

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252 ratings
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