Books on reporting
I recently taught a class called “Crafting Truth,” in which I reviewed reporting techniques such as sharpening observation skills, conducting thorough research, interviewing for information and for profiles, organizing notes, and steering clear of ethical minefields. There are endless books out there on journalism and writing literary journalism, so I looked through my own shelves as well as those of colleagues and came up with this compressed list: Books with an overview of journalism and craft: Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, by Mark Kramer and Wendy Call The Art and Craft of Feature Writing, by William E. Blundell The New News Business, by John Chancellor and Walter R. Mears Writing for Story, by Jon Franklin Books on the nuts and bolts of reporting: The Craft of Interviewing, by John Brady
The Art of the Interview, by Lawrence GrovelThe Practice of Journalism, by Bruce Porter and Timothy Ferris The Reporters Handbook, edited by John Ullmann, Jan Colbert, and IRE Articles on interviewing: "How to Write a Profile Feature Article," The New York Times "Interviewing Sources," Isabel Wilkerson at the Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism "Sources 101: How to Find and Work with Interviewees for Your Articles," Writers Digest contributor Linda Formichelli Various blog posts "Interviewing a source: Rules of the road; talking with officials and experts," from Journalist's Resource "10 Tips for Interviewing Sources for Articles," from The Adventurous Writer "How to Find the Best Sources," from The Renegade Writer
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