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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745316417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745316413
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 672,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Randall read history at Cambridge, and has worked as a national newspaper journalist for more than 30 years. He now covers major national and international stories for The Independent on Sunday. He has written five books (one of which has been translated into 18 languages), is a frequent guest speaker, and also writes a column for Internazionale magazine in Italy, He is represented by Black Toad Productions.

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'I like its common-sense practicality, its firm belief in honest reporting, and its commitment to quality... David Randall's fluent style and his superb range of examples make this book a pleasure to read. Anyone who wants to be a journalist should go through it - again, and again, and again.' --Val Williams, Press Division, The Thomson Foundation 'This is one of the best books around about plying the trade. Packed with handy hints and anecdotes ... An essential, down-to-earth guide to what the job is all about' --Press Wise Bulletin

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T Edwards on 15 Oct 2003
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As a young journalism student at postgrad school, I recently purchased this book, and found it inspiring to say the least. It's a great read, with 21 chapters in total. I refer back to it frequently when pondering common questions all journalists must face. David Randall doesn't do sloppy, and it shows; the book redfines what quality copy is all about. The guy has a passion for the business and it shines through. The only thing that the book perhaps lacks, is a section on court reporting, but other than that, this publication is the best book on journalism on the market and is a must-read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 April 1999
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The course tutor on the post graduate pre-entry NCTJ course in Cornwall referred frequently to this book - so much so that I decided to read it for myself. I found it inspirational and useful. It inspired me to work to the highest ideals of investigative journalism, as well as providing helpful practical advice on how to do the job on a daily basis. Well worth the money, and one year into the job I still refer to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Gill on 9 Nov 2007
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Universal is certainly the word to use for this book. It gives concise advice, yet you feel like you have learned a vast history of journalism by the end, and could give impressive case study quotes from this book. It is exceptionally easy to read, so much so, that even if you are outside the journalistic world it would be easily digested. The most exceptional event is that after reading this book, during your darkest hours, Randall will act as the voice in your head that says, 'being a journalist does not involve losing your integrity' and remember the dignity and superficiality of human existence.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Feb 2001
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Unlike most journalism books, I read this one straight through at once! Immensely readable, David Randall's book fills in the gap between dry, informative 'how to' books, theoretical academic essays and entertaining autobiography. As a beginner journalist myself, I found myself clinging to Randall for advice and reassurance - yes, I am not alone or unusual! His book is also full of surprising quotes, which supplement the text, leaving you with something to think about. Though I'm a literature graduate and particularly fussy about books, I cannot praise Randall's enough! Unbelievable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JWA Drennan on 22 Sep 2009
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I have reread this book so many times and always found it useful. If you are new to journalism or a seasoned veteran you will get something out of it. Amongst a litany of useless 'how do' books, this one stands out as brilliantly readable and helpful in a competitive industry. If you want to be a journalist buy it.
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