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10 Best Journalism Books Of All Time

Here, in this list, we’ve discussed the great works of authors who have written books on Journalism. Journalism is a very complicated field having a substantial number of books written about it. To make the list more comprehensive we’ve included fictional as well as non-fictional books. So, let’s see which are some of the Best ever books written on Journalism.

10 Best Journalism Books Of All Time:

1. Towards the End of the Morning

Towards the End of the Morning is a satirical novel written by Michael Frayn. It was first published in the UK in 1967 and later in the USA under the title Against Entropy.

John Dyason is the lead protagonist who wishes to work in television and is finally given a chance towards the end of the novel. The book is said to be based on the author’s own experiences at The Observer from 1962 to 1968.

2. Stick it Up Your Punter! The Uncut Story of the Sun Newspaper

This book has been written by two journalists namely – Peter Chippindale and Chris Horrie. It was published in 1990.

The book is an outstanding story of the Sun Newspaper and also tells us about the rise of the Murdoch empire and what remarkable part it came to play in British society and politics.

3. Flat Earth News

Flat Earth News is a book written by Nick Davies, published in 2008, in which he exposes the dark sides of Global Media. He investigates the practices of his fellow colleagues and uncovers the truth of the industry which is full of corruption

In this book, he has also mentioned how the tainted media affects the popular beliefs of people and also reveals a lot of global events that were pseudo or fiction generated.

4. Scoop

Scoop is a novel written by Evelyn Waugh in 1938 and it is a parody of foreign correspondents and lurid journalism. The novel is partly based on Waugh’s experience of working for the Daily Mail.

The novel has also been adapted into a serial as well as a movie. It is preceded by  ‘A Handful of Dust’ and followed by ‘Put Out More Flags’.

5. The Zanzibar Chest: A Memoir of Love and War

Published in 2003, The Zanzibar Chest is a powerful story written by Aidan J Hartley. He has written this book from his own experiences of covering the terrifying wars of 1990.

The novel also tells the story of a son who is trying to come to terms with the death of his father whom he also considered as his best friend. The book was shortlisted for the esteemed Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction.

6. The Universal Journalist

David Randall is a British journalist and author of The Universal Journalist, a textbook on journalism. It is translated into more than a dozen languages.

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The book is said to be an invaluable guide for professionals and trainee journalists all around the world about the ‘universals’ of good journalistic practice and also emphasizes that good journalism demands a range of skills in order.

7. My Trade: A Short History of British Journalism

My Trade is a novel by Andrew Marr published in 2005 and is said to be an intelligent combination of history, analysis as well as practice. It provides an insight into the life of a modern journalist through his own experiences.

The book is a brilliant guide for those who follow journalism and want to know more about it. It also talks about the utterly unique modern social history of British journalism, with all its odd glamour, smashed hopes, and future possibilities.

8. Waterhouse on Newspaper Style

Waterhouse on Newspaper Style is written by Keith Waterhouse, the Mirror’s star columnist, and was published in 2010. The book is very informative, funny, and definitely worth reading for any journalist.

It is considered as a revised version of “Daily Mirror Style.” The book, infused with wit and wisdom, is regarded as a classic textbook for modern journalism.

9. My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times

My Paper Chase is written by Harold Evans and was originally published in 2009. The book is an autobiography about the extraordinary career of Fleet Street legend Harold Evans that witnessed the tumultuous social, political, and creative change.

The book follows the story of a working-class Lancashire boy, who failed the eleven-plus, rose to a position where he could so effectively give voice to the unheard.

10. The New Journalism

This non-fiction book is a 1973 anthology of journalism which is edited by Tom Wolfe and E.W. Johnson in the United States.

The book consists of a manifesto along with the collection of examples by American writers. It is definitely an incredible source of inspiration not only for the themes but also due to the stylistic devices used by these journalists.

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  • Nick Davies Would be well advised to research Tragedy and Hope by Carol Quigley and what happened to Pro. Quigley and the steps the elite took to destroy his book before mouthing off about what is and what is not a THEORY and what is and what is not a CONSPIRACY. Perhaps, also, he would like to tell the public on the controlled media about the AMERICAN NAZI coup attempted by the BANKERS IN 1934 INCLUDING J.P. Morgan to bring down Roosevelt and his government by force—NO? I DID NOT THINK SO. PERHAPS HE WILL EXPLAIN WHY IT CANNOT BE FOUND IN THE SCHOOL HISTORY BOOKS OF AMERICA? Those who committed this TREASON were of course, punished BY BEING ALLOWED TO GO FREE.


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