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Tony Harcup
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18 Mar 2009 1847872506 978-1847872500 Second Edition
"A holistic assessment of what journalism is all about, with plenty of enterprising interpretations of our trade - a word I prefer to 'profession'. I never met a more 'unprofessional' breed than that of my fellow hacks. This book will, I hope, lead our successors both to question and rebel more than we have."
- Jon Snow, Channel 4 News

"Stands out in a crowded field."
The Guardian

"The bible of professional education in journalism... Every student of journalism should buy a copy."
- THE (Times Higher Education)

This is the indispensable guide to the theory and practice of journalism, now updated with 25% entirely new material. With its innovative text design, it creatively combines the experience and advice of practising journalists with the theories and insights from the academic study of journalism.

This second edition thoroughly addresses the ‘converged’ nature of much 21st century journalism, with discussion and examples of online practice embedded throughout to represent the reality that online journalism is increasingly part of the job for all journalists.

 New and improved features include:

  • More examples, more depth, and more interviews with journalists.
  • A whole new chapter on telling stories through pictures, whether on TV or online.
  • Fresh new examples reflecting today’s journalistic practice.
  • More insights from online journalists on blogging, the use of video and audio on the web, interactive maps and other ways of doing journalism online.

This edition embraces the new without abandoning the fundamentals of what journalism is all about. It will continue to inspire students of journalism to reflect on everyday practice and connect it to academic debate.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (18 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847872506
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847872500
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 18 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A holistic assessment of what journalism is all about, with plenty of enterprising interpretations of our trade - a word I prefer to "profession". I never met a more "unprofessional" breed than that of my fellow hacks. This book will, I hope, lead our successors both to question and rebel more than we have
Jon Snow
Channel 4 News

The bible of professional education in journalism, now modernised and expanded in a timely second edition. It incorporates latest developments in multimedia convergence without losing any of the verve and intelligence that characterised the original. This book blends seamlessly the theoretical with the practical and encourages students to perceive the multidimensional challenges inherent in good, responsible reporting. The first edition stood head and shoulders above its competitors and this edition maintains the same high standard. The new section on storytelling through pictures is particularly valuable.... Every student of journalism should buy a copy
(Times Higher Education)

This is a terrific text: original in its blend of theory and practice; always eminently readable; packed with references, anecdotes and ideas - and bang up to date. Above all, Tony Harcup conveys throughout his passion for responsible, reflective journalism. A must for all committed to improving the media
- Professor Richard Keeble
Professor of Journalism, University of Lincoln

Novel, user-friendly layout... exhilarating and inspiring... seldom, if ever, have the practical and the theoretical been so well assimilated
Free Press

This excellent and easy-to-read book will help young journalists understand the real nature of today's media - and their role within in
Jeremy Dear, NUJ, General Secretary

Stands out in a crowded field
The Guardian

Harcup's book is designed to be read, and even enjoyed, by student and professor alike. He clearly takes the view that learning should be fun. That we should do what we can to impart knowledge and understanding and provide the tools for future development in a way that makes the students realise that it is important to be able develop professional skills and understanding; that this is just the first step on a long road to professional excellence and that they should learn to enjoy the journey. Harcup's light, bright style emphasises his journalistic background and years of experience both in the quality of the writing and in the quality of the advice
Professor Chris Frost
Ethical Space

What this book continues to do very successfully is to engage in meaningful dialogue with professionals who are already well-versed in the realities of the industry, and it is thus essential reading for any journalism graduate who is about to enter the profession. For researchers in communications and linguistics who want to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of news media production, there is no better place to start than with this volume
Helen Caple
Discourse & Communication

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to journalism 28 July 2010
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This book is a must for any would-be journalists, journalism students or interested citizens wanting to know how the media works. Harcup manages to bridge the difficult divide between a good practical and anecdotal account and the supporting academic/sociological theory. Throughout he has the good journalist's habit of writing interesting clean copy which makes its points clearly and neatly without much fuss.

The layout allows those only interested in the practical/anecdotal stuff to read it while ignoring the theorerical/academic underpinnings which others will need. So the book serves both audiences well.

When I went from practising journalism to teaching it some years later,
I browsed through a lot of "how to" books and this was the only single volume that
I could honestly say covered most of what a would-be journalist needed to know or think about. That was the first edition and my one reservation was that it was perhaps a little behind the game on the growth of electronic/digital media. This second edition brings that up to date well enough as far as I am concerned. I would now unreservedly recommend to students that if they can only buy one introductory book on journalism this is the one they should choose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing for up and coming journalists 2 Mar 2009
im doing a module in journalism for one semester at uni and it basically tells me everything i need to know for my assignments of writing a feature and a news article. it also has so much more information about becoming a jounalist. an amazing book for anyone interested in pursuing journalism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and insightful 2 Jan 2014
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Many thanks for the timely send, this book is a great guide for beginners and questions all stages in which a noteworthy journalist could be born. Thanks again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 30 Sep 2013
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A motivating, insightful, and complete guide to begin our life in journalism or to re-evaluate where you are in the field.
Part of my reading list before starting an MA in TV Journalism and its does and don'ts linked to a very original presentation - practice in one column and theory/principles in another really helps you base your thoughts in the context/environment of journalistic philosophy, ethics and law.

Light to carry around and worth keeping close when in need of reference. Get it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars VG BK FOR A CAREER IN JOURNALISM 12 Feb 2014
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