February 21, 2006

Eye strain…

Here’s a list of books every journalist should read (in no particular order and certainly not exhaustive):

1. The Elements of Journalism. This is an excellent articulation of journalistic practice and ethics in practice.

2. Discovering the News. This social history of American newspapers demonstrates that what we think journalism is has changed (and should change) with the culture.

3. What Are Journalists For? This remains one of the best articulations of civic journalism.

4. A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. A good corrective to the general innumeracy of journalism.

5. The Press Effect. What happens when the press covers politics?

6. Democracy and the News. The discussion of journalism’s theory of democracy on pages 55 to 61 should be memorized.

7. Proper English. Throw away Strunk & White, and start learning something about language.

8. Language and Power. Ditto.

9. Legacy to the World. This is a concise history of America’s political ideas–their sources, articulations, and effects.

10. News: The Politics of Illusion. Just to scare you a little.

Have fun!

One Response

  1. Daniel 

    This is very useful. I just now noticed it. Thanks!