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Product details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press; 4 edition (8 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745330770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745330778
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,659,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I admire about this book is that it is not simply a 'How to' manual – although it covers 'How to' and 'How not to' brilliantly; it is also a wise, witty and extremely entertaining read... Anyone who aspires to be a journalist – in any of the media – should read Randall. If they don't, they will, as I did, waste an awful lot of valuable time. (Dame Ann Leslie, British Journalism Review)

Easily the best introduction to being a reporter I have come across. It provides solid, no-nonsense advice on the skills needed to do the job but is also willing to tackle the bigger issues every journalist must grapple with from time to time. Best of all, it has been written by a true newsman and his enthusiasm for the task in hand is evident on every page. (Paul Jones, course leader, Press Association Editorial Training)

David Randall shows there is a way to produce honest and thoughtful journalism. (Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom)

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)

The range of the book is impressive. I particularly liked the book for its sharp and gritty approach. (Granville Williams, Free Press)

The best book on journalism I have ever read. (Don Johnston, editorial consultant)

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, The Thomson Foundation)

Gives some of the best insights into journalism that I've come across. (Mark Davenport, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Northumbria University)

The Universal Journalist is a solid introduction to the skills needed to be an effective journalist. With lots of handy tips and anecdotes that aptly illustrate the points being made, it is a must-read for all budding student journalists. (Sue Featherstone, principal lecturer in Journalism, Sheffield Hallam University)

An excellent 'insiders account' of the way journalists work and the things they need to know. (Bruce Hanlin, Department of Journalism and Media, University of Huddersfield)

About the Author

David Randall is a British journalist who has written for four national newspapers, news editing three of them. He is now news executive and senior writer at the Independent on Sunday, covering major national and international stories. He has lectured in journalism all over the world, and writes a column for Internazionale in Italy.


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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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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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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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Great book, excellent packaging! The perfect book for a journalism student from commencement to graduation. I recommend this this book for even the interested reader who wants a peek into the life of a journalist.
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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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This book is the best and most honest account I've read of what it's like to really be a journalist. It's written relatively colloquially so it's easy and interesting to read but incredibly useful; the tips I've picked up from this book have been invaluable to my career.
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