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Excellent introduction to journalism
on 28 July 2010
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.