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The Universal Journalist


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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

About the Author

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).


'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
'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
'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

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