For anyone who works with words - especially journalists, writers and editors - this book belongs next to the dictionary and style manual on your reference shelf. Working With Words is a concise, thorough and up-to-date guide to grammar and usage that addresses the problems professional writers encounter every day. First, the authors review the basics of grammar and answer common questions about subjects and objects, verbs, modifiers, connecting words, sentences and punctuation. The book then covers the fundamentals of usage, with sound advice on issues of particular concern to writers and editors: tightening your prose, eliminating muddled language, avoiding linguistic bias and avoiding unintentional racism and sexism in your writing. For easy reference, the book includes time-saving lists of commonly misspelled and misused words, cliches and other problems with usage, diction, style and spelling, along with a summary of wire service style, a useful appendix that lists the most common usage mistakes and a full index. This practical, informative handbook synthesizes information from more than forty reference sources to help writers master both the essentials and the more sophisticated rules necessary for clear, effective communication in print.
Brian S. Brooks is associate dean for undergraduate studies and administration at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. In addition to coauthoring News Reporting and Writing for Bedford/St. Martin’s, he is coauthor of Telling the Story, Third Edition (2007), Working with Words, Sixth Edition (2006), and The Art of Editing (2009).
James L. Pinson has taught journalism for about twenty-five years at the Missouri School of Journalism and at Eastern Michigan University,and has addressed various press groups on the subjects of grammar and other editing skills. He has also worked for newspapers in Colorado, Missouri, and Michigan, and has a doctorate in journalism and a master's in creative writing.
Jean Gaddy Wilson leads executives worldwide in creating successful strategies for the future. While on the Missouri School of Journalism faculty, she founded three national journalism organizations: New Directions for News, Journalism and Women's Symposium, and the National Women and Media Collection. She was a founding member of the Council of Presidents, an organization of the leading editorial organizations in newspapers, and of the International Women's Media Foundation. She has served as a Pulitzer Prize Nominating Juror for Journalism and currently serves as a consultant to international organizations.