Who are the greatest reporters in history? This unique book is the first to try and answer this question. David Randall searched nearly two centuries of newspapers and magazines, consulted editors and journalism experts worldwide, and the result is The Great Reporters - 13 in-depth profiles of the best journalists who ever lived.*BR**BR*Each profile tells of the reporter's life and his or her major stories, how they were obtained, and their impact. Packed with anecdotes, and inspiring accounts of difficulties overcome, the book quotes extensively from each reporter's work. It also includes an essay on the history of reporting, charting the technologies, economics, and attitudes that made it the way it is - from the invention of the telegraph to the Internet. The Great Reporters is not just the story of 13 remarkable people, it is the story of how society's information hunter-gatherers succeed in bringing us all what we need to know.
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. He is the author of the renowned book The Universal Journalist (Pluto, 2016).
Introduction How the great reporters were chosen 1. The World of the Reporter How, when and where the job has changed in 150 years 2. Meyer Berger The reporters' reporter 3. Nellie Bly The best undercover reporter in history 4. Edna Buchanan The best crime reporter there's ever been 5. James Cameron The definitive foreign correspondent 6. Richard Harding Davies One of the best descriptive reporters ever 7. Floyd Gibbons The supreme example of a reporter in pursuit of an assignment 8. Ann Leslie The most versatile reporter ever 9. AJ Liebling The most quotable wit ever by-lined 10. JA MacGahan Perpetrator of perhaps the greatest piece of reporting ever 11. Hugh McIlvanney The best writer ever to apply words to newsprint 12. Ernie Pyle The reporter who never forgot who he was writing for 13. William Howard Russell The man who invented war corresponding 14. George Seldes A reporter who got up the noses of the high and mighty Index