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.
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).
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