33 Ways Not To Screw Up Your Journalism
by Chip Scanlan
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Pub Date 14 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 2 Aug 2022
Do you want to dodge common mistakes made by novice and veteran reporters alike?
Get advice from the trenches to cultivate critical skills and excel. Losing sleep because you’re terrified of botching an important interview?
Stumbling through assignments riddled with ethical landmines?
Afraid you’ll misstep and add fuel to an explosive situation?
Award-winning journalist Chip Scanlan has spent thirty years as a teacher and coach elevating the talent of newsroom stalwarts around the globe. Now he’s here to share how you can avoid career-derailing errors while writing groundbreaking stories with integrity.
33 Ways Not To Screw Up Your Journalism is a succinct and authoritative handbook packed with real-world wisdom. Using hard-hitting case studies, examples, and interviews ripped from the headlines, Scanlan helps you identify possible pitfalls and correct problems as you level up your craft to the highest degree.
And as you master these concepts, whether you’re a wet-behind-the-ears grad or a seasoned pro, you’ll gain the confidence and know-how to thrive at the keyboard and in the field.
In 33 Ways Not To Screw Up Your Journalism, you’ll discover:
- Tactics for preventing common blunders so you can land promotions and skyrocket toward greatness
- How to approach strangers with sensitivity and poise that will lead you to accurate, powerful accounts
- Systems for double- and triple-checking facts and figures to help you build trust while winning the respect of your readers and colleagues
- Myriad methods for becoming an industry expert capable of overcoming any challenge
-Tried-and-true best practices, strategies for successful time management, and much, much more!
33 Ways Not To Screw Up Your Journalism is the essential guide for reporting news in a democratic society. If you like warm and encouraging instruction, vital but easy-to-digest information, and research-backed insight, then you’ll love Chip Scanlan’s indispensable resource.
Buy 33 Ways Not To Screw Up Your Journalism to do it right today!
""Excellent for journalists of all ages and experience."" - Dan Rather, author of ""What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism.
""You can judge this book by its cover. The screw is pointing down, not up. When you screw up your journalism, you have done something bad . When you screw down your journalism, you are doing something good, adding strength to a democratic craft. Chip Scanlan has all the journalism tools at his disposal -- including a screwdriver. Grab it."" - Roy Peter Clark, author of ""Writing Tools"" and ""Murder Your Darlings.""
""33 Ways shows why Chip Scanlan is considered to be one of the masters of nonfiction writing and journalism instruction. Not only does each chapter explain an important journalism tool or value, it does so in an entertaining and accessible way that conveys the fun of journalism and shows the reader exactly how a good story should be written. This book is a gift for anyone interested in journalism, regardless of whether you've had formal training or previous experience. It reminded me why I love my craft so much. "" - Yukari Iwatani Kane, former Wall Street Journal reporter, author of ""Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs"
Average rating from 4 members
I rarely read work-related books because journalism and keeping up with current affairs is stressful enough, but for some reason this one really pulled me in and it didn't disappoint.
I love how the author shares tips and advice from prominent reporters and editors. He cites many real-life cases and examples, some of which I went to look up to learn more about. The content was easy to absorb but also memorable and valuable.
At just 138 pages, this book also certainly practices what it preaches about being succinct and clear and trimming away unnecessary info (though I clearly am not following its advice to avoid overused idioms and cliche similes lol).
An excellent, useful and impactful resource that will benefit all journalists!
Erudite, pithy - and fun. I wish I'd had this when I started work in the media industry. Even the constant little reminder that 'You are the writer' delighted me.
I am confident I will dip back into this book and I recommend it as a resource for young journalists, and older ones who have slipped into bad habits.
I love this. 33 simple straight up things to look out for as a Journalist- well, personally as a writer, I find this candid and not fluffy especially the author's take on 'objectivity' and his approach to seeking 'truth' and knowing your biases.
This is what I hope anyone studying or in the field of journalism gets to carry as a pocket book.
Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.
This was a really fun book to read and EVERY journalist must buy and learn what they are doing wrong. Balance isn't the issue but getting the facts right is. Many journalists today are interested only in furthering some left-wing narrative and do not care about providing their readers with the truth. Because of this many newspapers are closing. They need to stop worrying about "clicks" and return to honest reporting.
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