Training & Resources

Recommended Books

Practical Newspaper Reporting

By David Spark and Geoffrey Harris (Fourth Edition)

Now in its fourth edition, this classic textbook has grown up alongside the newspaper industry. Today, as ever, it provides students of newspaper journalism with a toolkit for gathering news and filling ever-increasing space with first-rate copy for print and online.

Mother Tongue: The English Language

Bryson, Bill

Page One: Best of the NNA
English, Kathy & Nick Russell
Getting Your Words Worth
Evans, Rod & Irwin Berent
Sin and Syntax
Hale, Constance
The Word Museum
Kacirk, Jeffrey
The Book on Writing
Dictionary of Obscenity, Taboo & Euphemism
McDonald, James
Page 1: Journalism Excellence: NNA 1999
National Newspaper Awards
A Bawdy Language
Richler, Howard
Cold as a Bay Street Banker’s Heart
Thain, Chris
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Truss, Lynne
On Writing Well
Zinsser, William
Other writers on language worth looking for
Theodore Bernstein, Peter Bowler, Ivor Brown, Willard Espy, Ernest Gowers, Philip Howard, Lederer, Richard, Richard Mitchell, Robert MacNeil, Eric Partridge, William Safire.


Recommended Websites

BBC College of Journalism


Recommended Reading

Does our audience still need us?

An interesting view by the BBC’s Lyse Doucet on the role of journalists in an era of  “citizen journalists”

Thirty Tools for Writers

By Roy Peter Clark,

At times it helps to think of writing as carpentry. That way, writers and editors can work from a plan and use tools stored on their workbench. A writer or coaching editor can borrow a writing tool at any time. And here’s a secret: Unlike hammers and chisels, writing tools never have to be returned. They can be passed on to another journalist without losing them.

Below is a list of 30 writing and revising tools. We have borrowed them from reporters and editors, from authors of books on writing, and from teachers and coaches. Many come from reading the work of storytellers we admire. The brief descriptions should be enough to help you build your own tool collection.

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Make every word count: Tips for polishing and tightening copy

By Steve Buttry

Reporters and editors everywhere battle and complain over length of stories. Even online, where newspaper space or tight broadcast schedules aren’t an issue, you need to write tightly to hold the reader’s attention and keep the story moving. You need to hone your ability to organize information and write tight stories that make every word count.

Write tight copy by reading your work aloud, replacing phrases with words, and focusing on what the story is about.

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