The Journalist’s Companion is the book for every journalist and journalism student’s coat pocket or backpack. Anchored by an annotated copy of the U.S. Constitution, this slim and portable volume provides guidance, inspiration, and practical advice for being a journalist today. A veteran front-line news reporter and professor of journalism for another twenty years, Christopher B. Daly has seen the attempts to silence and intimidate journalists. The Journalist’s Companion gives reporters, editors, and students the inspiration to stand tall along with advice to do their work well, accurately, and fearlessly. This book also includes a brief guide on how to file a Freedom of Information Act demand, a checklist for reporters and editors designed to increase the level of accuracy in their work, a primer on copyright and professional courtesy, and a quick guide to staying safe while on assignment.
Table of Contents
1 A Shout-Out for Journalism
2 Great Quotes
4 The U.S. Constitution, annotated
5 Key Court Cases
6 Freedom of Information
7 Open Meetings / Open Trials
8 A Checklist for Accuracy
9 A Primer on Copyright
10 Stay Safe
11 Essential Readings for Journalists
12 Great Films About Journalism
Christopher B. Daly is a professor of Journalism at Boston University. He is the author of the prize-winning history of U.S. journalism Covering America (2012/2018), and he teaches the history of journalism as well as courses on reporting techniques and other topics.