The Universal Journalist - Fifth Edition

The Universal Journalist - Fifth Edition

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A new edition of one of the world's leading textbooks on journalism. Translated into more than a dozen languages, David Randall's handbook is an invaluable guide to the 'universals' of good journalistic practice for professional and trainee journalists worldwide.

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 are constantly changing. His acclaimed account challenges old attitudes and rejects cynical, sloppy journalism.

The updated fifth edition ensures its relevance to contemporary readers by addressing issues such as problems of 'de-skilling' in the media and new tools for digital research.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 27.94mm | 362.87g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0745336760
  • 9780745336763
  • 458,285

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'What I admire about this book is that it is not simply a 'How to' manual, it is also a wise, witty and extremely entertaining read. Anyone who aspires to be a journalist - in any of the media - should read Randall' -- Dame Ann Leslie, British Journalism Review

'With lots of handy tips and anecdotes that aptly illustrate the points being made, it is a must-read for all budding student journalists' -- Sue Featherstone, principal lecturer in Journalism, Sheffield Hallam University

'Easily the best introduction to being a reporter I have come across ... written by a true newsman and his enthusiasm for the task in hand is evident on every page' -- Paul Jones, course leader, Press Association Editorial Training
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About David Randall

David Randall is a British journalist and newspaper consultant. Formerly assistant editor of the Observer, where his news pages won awards, he has written, edited and lectured on newspapers in Britain, Africa and Eastern Europe. He has been the Home Editor of the Independent and News Executive at the Independent on Sunday, amongst many other papers.
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Table of contents

1. What Makes A Good Reporter?

2. The Limitations of Journalism

3. What Is News?

4. Where Do Good Stories Come From?

5. Research

6. Handling Sources, Not Them Handling You

7. Questioning

8. Reporting Numbers and Statistics

9. Investigative Reporting

10. How To Cover Major Incidents

11. Mistakes, Corrections and Hoaxes

12. Ethics

13. Writing for Newspapers

14. Intros

15. Construction and Description

16. Handling Quotes

17. Different Ways To Tell A Story

18. Comment, Intentional and Otherwise

19. How To Be A Great Reporter

Appendix: Reading for Journalists
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