The Universal Journalist
Expanded and Updated
Distributed for Pluto Press
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 emphasizes 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.
This updated, fifth edition of The Universal Journalist ensures its relevance to contemporary readers by addressing new tools for digital research, along with issues such as the problem of the replacement of trained journalists by social media and other untrained “citizen journalists” in the media.
2. The Limitations of Journalism
3. What Is News?
4. Where Do Good Stories Come From?
6. Handling Sources, Not Them Handling You
8. Reporting Numbers and Statistics
9. Investigative Reporting
10. How To Cover Major Incidents
11. Mistakes, Corrections and Hoaxes
13. Writing for Newspapers
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