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Must-reads for would-be journalists

A reader
 
The Universal Journalist - 2nd Edition
The Universal Journalist - 2nd Edition
"The best book on reporting. Forget all the media-studies garbage out there. This tells you how to do the job, and reveals some tricks of the trade."
Waterhouse on Newspaper Style
Waterhouse on Newspaper Style
"How to write for newspapers."
Essays (Penguin Modern Classics)
Essays (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Politics and the English Language is the essay here that all aspiring reporters must read. But the others are wonderful, too."
All the President's Men: 20th Anniversary Ed
All the President's Men: 20th Anniversary Ed
"Why you should dig, dig, dig."
Teeline Fast
Teeline Fast
"A purely practical book."
The New Journalism (Picador Books)
The New Journalism (Picador Books)
"Few people can write like the authors in this book, and few get the chance. But this collection shows what can happen when the skills of the novelist are combined with those of the journalist."
The Faber Book of Pop
The Faber Book of Pop
"A collection of wonderful magazine articles that show the kind of social commentary about youth culture that has been eclipsed by showbiz trash."
Barbarians At The Gate
Barbarians At The Gate
"One of those books that shows what can be achived. The amount of work that must have gone into this book is incredible. And it shows that financial journalism can be interesting."
The Liar: Fall of Jonathan Aitken
The Liar: Fall of Jonathan Aitken
"Never forget that some people lie to journalists, and for each of them, many more mislead."
The Journalist and the Murderer
The Journalist and the Murderer
"Throw the sub-GCSE level philosophy in the bin and read this if you are interested in journalistic ethics. It's much more thought-provoking."
McNae's Essential Law for Journalists
McNae's Essential Law for Journalists
"There are two reasons to read this. First, you don't want to get sued. But also, how are you going to excel if you don't understand the terrain you work in."
Palm Pilot 5/5x
Palm Pilot 5/5x
"I don't really think you should read this manual. But you must get a hand-held computer. It allows you to organise your contacts by subject as well as name. Stop buying books and get a palm-top."