Letters to a Young Journalist

Letters to a Young Journalist

by Samuel G. Freedman
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Letters to a Young Journalist by Samuel G. Freedman

Over the course of a thirty-year career, Samuel Freedman has excelled both at doing journalism and teaching it, and he passionately engages both of these endeavors in the pages of this book. As an author and journalist, Freedman has produced award-winning books, investigative series, opinion columns, and feature stories and has become a specialist in a wide variety of fields. As a teacher, he has shared his expertise and experience with hundreds of students, who have gone on to succeed in both print and broadcast media. In Letters to a Young Journalist, Freedman conducts an extended conversation with young journalists-from kids on the high school paper to graduates starting their first jobs. Whether he's talking about radio documentaries or TV news shows, Internet blogs, or backwater beats, shoeleather research or elegant prose, his goal is to explore the habits of mind that make an excellent journalist. It is no secret that journalism's mission is seriously imperiled these days, and Freedman's provocative ideas and fascinating stories offer students and journalists at all levels of experience wise guidance and professional inspiration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465028245
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 337 KB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Samuel G. Freedman has been working as a journalist or teaching the craft for over thirty years. He is the author of five books, and his work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and for the National Book Award, and winner of the National Jewish Book Award. Freedman is a professor of journalism at Columbia University's School of Journalism and a columnist for the New York Times. He lives in New York City.

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Letters to a Young Journalist 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
American journalism is deeply flawed, but not fatally so, reporter Samuel G. Freedman argues in this clear-eyed critique of his calling. As one deeply steeped in his trade, Freedman offers both a damning indictment and an inspiring call to the next generation. Freedman structures his analysis as a series of letters to one of his students, and manages to strike just the right balance between the theoretical and the practical. He seasons his study with plenty of war stories from the front lines of journalism. In a business full of cynics, Freedman comes across as an idealist, one reporter who believes in the power of the press to change the world, in spite of dwindling readership and advertising revenue. We recommend this slim volume to anyone who works in the media or needs to understand its best intentions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book for aspiring, as well as veteran, reporters. Every journalism student in the U.S. should read it. For full disclosure, Sam is a friend of mine.