Freelance defines The Great Reporters

A former freelance reporter for The Sun and The Observer has unveiled a new book plotting the careers of thirteen top journalists who he describes as “the best that ever lived.”

Full of adventure, wit, ingenuity and the ability to bring the story home, David Randall celebrates each one of the reporters with an in-depth profile, in his latest title, The Great Reporters.

It features Randall’s analysis of how the demands on journalists have changed over the last 150 years, alongside developments in technology and society, which have impacted the role of the reporter like never before.

Yet Randall’s authorship of the Great Reporters is not intended to place himself in the media spotlight, rather, it is reserved for thirteen journalists ranging from, the ‘reporter’s reporter’ to ‘history’s greatest crime reporter’ to the ‘definitive foreign correspondent.’

Respectively, coverage is offered of New York Times reporter Meyer Berger, the Miami Herald’s Edna Buchanan and Daily Express veteran James Cameron.

They join 10 other journalistic stars all according to Randall worthy of ‘best ever’ titles, namely Nellie Bly, Richard Harding Davies, Floyd Gibbons, Ann Leslie, AJ Liebling, Hugh Mcllvanney, Ernie Pyle, William Howard Russell, George Seldes and lastly, author of the 'best journalism ever' - JA MacGahan.

According to Randall, author of the Universal Journalist and former editor of the Croydon Advertiser, The Great Reporters is not just the story of thirteen remarkable people; rather “it is the story of how society’s information hunter-gatherers succeed in bringing us all we need to know.”

Peter Cole, Professor of Journalism at the University of Sheffield and columnist for The Independent, has endorsed Randall’s latest brainchild.

“Entertaining, amusing, even inspirational,” Cole said. “Above all, what every good reporter aims to deliver, a great read.”

Since 1998, Randall has worked as a news executive at The Independent and Independent on Sunday, after a vibrant career in the media stretching from the Sunday Standard of Nairobi, to the Moscow Times, to Time Magazine in the US.

Stints freelancing for The Sun and The Observer started in 1978, after which he worked as a consultant, introduced colour supplements to Russia’s press and held journalism classes in Africa. His latest project focuses on a public service for Internet-based local information networks, which is still in the pipeline.

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4th October 2005

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