The Survival Guide to JournalismeBook - 2010
"The best bit about this book, as opposed to others about journalism (of which there are many), is that it is written in a friendly and non-intimidating style. As a journalism student I have spent many hours poring over books that judge me for wanting to write about the 'soft stuff', whereas Synge actually gives tips on how to break into celebrity gossip or arts reviewing. The advice sections from real working journalists in different sectors and publications are really helpful, as they give a (realistic!) insight into the profession and hold up all the best bits, while conveying the disadvantages to life as a scribe. Synge's tips and hints are relevant, especially the bits about online journalism and how journalists have to be multi-skilled today. What I found most interesting was the chapters on freelancing ... Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone hoping to be a journalist, studying to be a journalist or working as a journalist."
This essential survival manual to print and online media journalism explores the personal qualities and skills needed to break into this exciting but often uncertain field. It considers the current state of expanding media, routes into the industry, and the pros and cons of being a staff journalist or freelance.
Helpful coverage includes:Practical hands-on advice on news and feature writing plus specialist areas such as profile writing, reviewing and blogging Useful tips and advice from top working professionals Up-to-date information on where the best opportunities are Exercises, easy-to-follow checklists and short Q&A sessions The author draws on his own extensive experience in the field and suggests useful links to organisations that specialise in helping aspiring journalists to survive through those difficult first months and years.
The Survival Guide to Journalism is an essential reference for any aspiring journalist. It will be key reading for journalism students and anyone interested in making a living through their writing and editorial skills.