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2nd Edition

Living Journalism
Principles and Practices for an Essential Profession

ISBN 9781138549272
Published August 2, 2019 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

In this readable, practical textbook Rich Martin explores the core principles and practices that beginning journalists need to produce work that informs and enlightens citizens hungry for accurate and trustworthy news.

The textbook’s 16 concise chapters impart real-world examples demonstrating how the best journalists exemplify the key principles, as well as cautionary stories illustrating journalistic mistakes and missteps. It also contains exercises, checklists, tips and additional resources that students can use in class and independent study, making the book an ideal newsroom and classroom resource that can be returned to again and again for new insights.

For journalism to survive and flourish in the 21st century, it needs young practitioners who understand its importance to society, believe in and are committed to its core values, and can put those values into action. This new edition of Living Journalism is an excellent updated introduction to journalism for students, teachers and young professionals.

Table of Contents

1. You’ve got to be a little crazy  2. Stay curious  3. Get it right  4. Admit your mistakes – and learn from them  5. Ask good questions  6. Listen carefully, and pay attention  7. Be skeptical  8. Get close to your story  9. Know your place  10. Prepare for the unexpected  11. Shine a light  12. Be a watchdog  13. Do the right thing  14. Remember your humanity  15. Stand your ground  16. Commit journalism

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Rich Martin was a newspaper journalist for 32 years, including 29 years at The Roanoke Times in Virginia. The newspaper was a three-time Pulitzer finalist for projects he edited. He is an associate professor emeritus in the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he taught for 12 years and served as Director of Journalism Graduate Studies and Journalism Department Head. Living Journalism: Principles & Practices for an Essential Profession (1st edition) was published in 2011. He and his wife now live in Fredericksburg, Virginia.