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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 28 May 2014
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Lottie (GRAYS, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Description was spot on as detailed and the delivery was well in the estimated time. A great service for sure
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5.0 out of 5 stars An uplifting book, all in all, 3 Mar 2013
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As a former journalist (who has missed the trade ever since turning to the "dark side" of PR), I found the idea behind this book utterly irresistible. It seemed so simple - how had it never been done before?

While I found it quite hard-going at first (it’s so over-written in parts that I was actually cringeing), once I got used to the writing style I couldn’t put it down. There were times when I wanted to stand up and cheer (as I did during the “ink on their fingers” scene in the film State of Play) and there were others where my heart just went out to the people involved.

It’s hard to believe that all this happened in just one day, but of course, news is everywhere, all the time. Turn any stone and you’ll find a story. These journalists will get up tomorrow and do it all again, in the knowledge that today’s hard work will be lining hamster cages across their communities in no time at all. But they know that what they do matters. I found it a very inspiring and uplifting book, despite all the changes sweeping the media landscape.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A vindication of hard-working journalists, 1 Nov 2012
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Annik Lamotte (Cheshire, England) - See all my reviews
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I really enjoyed this book which shows what hard-working ethical journalists get up to on a daily basis. It's a great idea and a counter-balance to the Leveson Inquiry with all its distasteful revelations. I gather there is going to be another book next year, and look forward to reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 24 Hours in Journalism, 26 July 2012
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It's been a challenging few years in journalism. Admitting you're a journalist has been a bit like saying you're a banker. People wrinkle their noses in disdain, taking you for a person of distinctly loose morals - a bit of a lush and with criminal proclivities. In this excellent book, Dale sets the record straight. He lays journalism - and journalists - bare, from the emotions of the exhausted, yet exhilarated war reporter in Helmand province, to what the feature writers on the womens's weeklies have for their lunch (not wine, as it happens). It's a fascinating insight into the way journalists' daily lives inform their trade. It's a world you want to be part of - and one to which journalists should be jolly proud to belong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable insight into what really goes on in the media, 20 July 2012
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Mrs. A. B. Carless "Angela Carless" (Buckingham, England) - See all my reviews
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As someone who edited the UK's biggest-selling weekly woman's magazine for two decades, it's perhaps not surprising that journalist John Dale has delivered one of the most interesting and engaging books I've ever read about the profession. His attention to detail is quite astonishing as he records one day in the life of dozens of journalists each pursuing a career they love, but which all too often is berated by those outside the industry,

This fresh and original approach takes you inside the minutiae of every day journalism, detailing everything from what reporters have for breakfast and the footwear they pull on, to the very disparate stories - from co-joined twins to love rats - which may or may not come off. I was especially impressed with Dale's empathy towards female journalists juggling careers with pregnancy and young families and his understanding of the challenges faced by angst-ridden freelance writers as pitches go ignored and invoices unpaid.

If you are a journalist, know a journalist or want to be a journalist, then, like me, you'll probably read this book in one sitting. And even if you have nothing to do with the industry and have little love for the press, I'd still recommend you read it as it may just make you love the British hack a little more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful read, 19 July 2012
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24 hours in journalism is well worth a read. Excellent job. It shows just how much top class hard work goes on in the much-criticised media!
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