Recommended Reading for Journalists

If you want to feel as prepared as you can for the world of journalism then consider investing in some of these titles to feel more educated. These titles can help you get a good grip on different aspects of journalism. Make sure that you invest time into reading on your specific field, as well as keeping up to date with the latest news in journalism and journalism laws.

Writers Handbook - In the many years since its first appearance, The Writer's Handbook has developed into a highly useful reference book for writers, journalists, publishers, editors, agents, screenwriters, and broadcasters. Every writer, established or aspiring, needs a contacts book, and this book, with its 90 pages of magazine listings, 108 pages of publisher listings, and 90 pages of literary agent listings is an excellent starting point.

McNae's Essential Law for Journalists - Every journalist, whether you are starting out as a student journalist or you are an accomplished journalist – you need to keep up to date with the law. Law is always changing with new rules and regulations coming into effect. You need to make sure that you read up on the law from up-to-date resources, this book has a release date of May 2018 so should give you a good picture of what you need to know as a journalist.

How to become a Freelance Writer without a Journalism Degree: Write Your Way to a Steady Income – Depending on your personal situation you might find this book helpful. If you have a journalism degree, you might still find this book helpful.

The Universal Journalist - This is a fully updated introduction to all aspects of being a journalist. The updated sixth edition ensures its relevance to contemporary readers by addressing issues such as problems of 'de-skilling' in the media and new tools for digital research.

Essential Journalism: The NCTJ Guide for Trainee Journalists 1st Edition – This book takes a look at the variety of media including print, online, television, radio, and social media. It will guide you through the journalism principles and learn all the tips to become a journalist.

The Bounty Writer: How to Earn Six Figures as an Independent Freelance Journalist – Andrew Don describes his journey to becoming a freelance journalist and shares his top tips for making it in the industry.

An introduction to Journalism: Essential techniques and background knowledge – Want to start a career in freelance journalism but not sure where to start? This book tells you all you need to know, and how to work across different media channels including print and digital. This book also provides you with suggested activities to further your research, so definitely take advantage of that.


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