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24 HOURS IN JOURNALISM
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As free speech comes under global attack, the price of 24 Hours in Journalism has been slashed, making it more affordable to journalists, media students and citizens all over the world.
This means it becomes increasingly accessible in countries still trying to understand what a truly free press means - in the Middle East, Asia, China, Africa and the Americas. Wherever you live on the planet, you can now download this 220-page ebook for 99p / $1.60 or the equivalent.
24 Hours is groundbreaking in being the first narrative book to show how a free press works in the age of globalization. It descends into the engine room and reveals the machinery and oily rags. Spreading the book's message is vital at a time when journalists are being silenced, intimidated and murdered by those who fear the pen, the blog, the broadcast and the printing press - tyrants and religious fanatics, drug mafias and oligarchs, politicians and tycoons, child slavers, racists and mass rapists and people who abuse, maim and slaughter women. The killers and torturers are as frightened of words and cameras as of bullets and bombs.
According to the International Press Institute, 2012 has been the deadliest year on record for the world media. Will 2013 be worst? Quite probably. The threat is serious and widespread and the book comes at an historic juncture.
As Dale writes (page 54): ‘Journalism, with its borderless pursuit of ideas and information, is more like an ill-defined superstate, a subversive wrapping overlaying most of the planet, sceptical and disagreeable, inconveniently speaking truth unto power.’ But it needs to be better understood in order to stay free.
24 Hours is the first book to describe in detail the way that these men and women work in real time, their actions and their thinking, from frontline reporters to editors and proprietors, how they risk their lives - and sometimes sacrifice them - for the sake of ‘the story’.
At $1.60 / 99p, 24 Hours is also accessible in style - popular, dramatic and entertaining; an internship, lesson and teaching aid in an ebook: journalism for all.
The book is also available as a paperback from Amazon at £8.33 / $14.95.
Earlier this year, Dale set out to discover how the first draft of history is written. He decided to explore the hidden reality of the ordinary mortals who are daily entrusted with this extraordinary responsibility.
Put simply, were the hacks up to it?
It was the same question being raised by judges, politicians and an increasingly concerned public and so, over one 24-hour period, Dale tracked the intersecting lives of hundreds of working journalists.
The result is a global journey into love, war, fame, bombings, shame, sex, football, tears and Hollywood – in other words, an average news day. Dale encountered editors, reporters, paparazzi, war correspondents, feature writers, columnists, agony aunts, fashion gurus, showbiz writers, broadcasters, trainees, unemployed hacks and billionaire moguls - in other words, an average cross-section of media folk.
Ranging from London to Los Angeles, from Kigali to Kabul, from Shanghai to Sydney, Dale asks: ‘Why are some journalists so good - and some journalists so bad?’
And in an 85,000-word text, he identifies a global superpower - journalism itself - and explains why so many practitioners offer it their allegiance above and beyond their own nation state.
Dale concludes: 'Journalist - it is both a badge of honour and the mark of a worldwide fraternity. We should wear it with pride.'
It's terrific: "John Dale has put together a classic book of originality and imagination. Here is the world of journalism, from the least to the greatest, from the parish pump to the war-zone. It will be read by journalists everywhere - and many others - for years to come" - Colin Dunne, author and columnist
Excellent: "Excellent job. It shows just how much top class hard work goes on in the much-criticised media!" - Bob Satchwell, Director of the Society of Editors and former assistant editor of the News of the World
Can't wait for the sequel: 'I am portrayed in 24 Hours as an unfit, boorish, name-dropping former editor who drank Jack Daniel's at afternoon conference and who now trawls ex-colleagues for quotes to support his punditry while wishing he were still back in the bigtime with them . . . reckon you got it just about right! Can't wait for the sequel' - David Banks, former Editor-in-chief, Daily Mirror, the Daily News (New York), and Sydney Daily Telegraph.
A must-read for anybody interested in journalism: "This brilliant book is a must for anybody aspiring to be a journalist, who is an existing journalist or wants to know what journalism is all about. It's easy to read, professionally put together, takes in lots of data and makes it entertaining and relevant. Dale unpicks every aspect of modern journalism, from war correspondents to local newspaper reporters to trainees, to the newly redundant, freelance, staff writers, columnists, beauty writers and editors. The journalists' stories and experiences are told in their own words, and the editing is so expert it hardly shows. I can't praise it highly enough and its price on Kindle is affordable by everybody. A real insight into the inky (and now also electronic) trade and so much better than all the worthy, egotistical, academic tomes about journalism that never give an inkling of what it's actually like to be a journalist today" - Liz Hodgkinson, author and journalist
A must-read: "All too often we devalue the work of journalists yet that work is vital to the proper functioning of society. This book brings home the amount of hard work and expertise needed to fulfil their vital role. Anybody wishing to understand the real world of journalism should read this book" - Professor Roger Mumby-Croft
"It makes great reading and I love the intertwined stories" - Peter Bowes, BBC freelance correspondent, Los Angeles
A Great Read: 'It's been a bruising year for professional journalists, and many of us have been seriously tempted to go in for something with a higher public approval rating such as traffic warden, banker or Middle Eastern despot. This timely book from John Dale reminds us why we do what we do and, more importantly, why society needs journalists. It is an hour-by-hour snapshot of one day in the life of journalists working in print, online and broadcasting. It's all here: the thrills, the laughs, the upsets, the tea rounds. The narrative takes us around the world and around the industry, from glossy magazine offices in London to dusty, deadly roads in Afghanistan. A great read for anyone with an interest in journalism.' Sara Ward
'Brilliant, absolutely brilliant' - Anna Murphy, magazine writer
'I wish there'd been a book like this when I started out,' - Sara Ward, magazine deputy editor
'Practising journalists will learn as much from this as students' - Adam Carpenter, consultant editor
'An innovative approach that brings out what journalism is really about, and a good read' - Professor Roger Mumby-Croft
'Well done, John - an ingenious idea,' Samm Taylor, magazine editor-in-chief
'Don't think I've been this excited by a book for years' - Clive Garsin, publishing executive
'The REAL story of journalism' - Rebecca Fleming, magazine editor-in-chief
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"...It is eight o'clock in the evening and the breaking story strikes the newsrooms with the impact of a fragmentation grenade, shattering their carefully composed headlines. Now front pages which looked so fresh ten minutes ago are being ripped up and trampled upon and then put back together again. It’s fun if you have the temperament of a wrecking crew. Destroy to create. This is what the old hands love, and where the young hands learn. It needs cool heads, daredevil wit, passion, a gift for word play and the insight that comes from an intuitive understanding of mass psychology. As these gifts are rarely embodied in one human form, it also requires teamwork. At moments like this you can smell victory - or fear - in a newsroom just as you can in a football team’s dressing room. It’s now or never. The crowd awaits. Play to win, boys and girls. Give it all you’ve got. Death or glory.
Newsrooms exude a kind of sweat. In the old days it used to be real sweat making wet patches on nylon shirts overlaying string vests. Back then, the favoured olefactory barriers were tiny Manikin cigars or foul pipes or untipped cigarettes as dizzying as dope .
Now, in these more groomed and moisturised times, it’s not the smell that creeps up on you so much as an unidentified metrosexual pheromone. It scatters on thermal columns above overheating computer screens, binding men and women together in an embrace which dare not speak to HR.
This is how the first draft of history is written. You can almost vomit with the excitement..."
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