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You Talkin’ to Me? The Unruly History of New York English

There are many terrific examples of New York speech throughout this text and White contextualizes them all extremely well. Highly recommended.

27 Essential Principles of Story: Master the Secrets of Great Storytelling, from Shakespeare to South Park

This new bible of lessons and practices for creators across media will likely appeal to readers curious about behind-the-scenes realities of those who bring to life today’s most popular and intelligent entertainment.
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Final Draft: The Collected Work of David Carr

This collection will make readers wish Carr was still here to share his observations. A must for aspiring journalists and fans of Carr who want to read more of his award-winning reporting.
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The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society

Particularly strong when it comes to highlighting marginalized voices and the technologies used for global communication. While timely and a nice introduction to mass media in today’s society, however, it is not a replacement for more comprehensive titles.

Dangerous Crooked Scoundrels: Insulting the President, from Washington to Trump

This authoritative handbook reveals how insults have always been a part of American politics
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On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist

Ward’s journalism skills shine, putting readers on the front lines. Readers interested in the life stories of intrepid women journalists and the nature of investigative, international journalism will be captivated by this engrossing account.

Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book

Highly recommended for anyone who thinks they have a book in them.
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Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the Magazine That Rewrote America

Readers interested in Gilded Age history and its parallels to contemporary society will enjoy learning about this trailblazing publication.
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Bagels, Bumf, and Buses: A Day in the Life of the English Language

For anyone curious about where everyday English words “come from,” this accessible text will prove to be an enticing choice, as well as a useful guide for general readers seeking resources on English usage and popular linguistics.
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Your Voice Speaks Volumes: It’s Not What You Say, But How You Say It

Setter applies phonetic analysis to a range of aspects of daily life in a way that is approachable to a wide audience. However, the level of technical detail and geographical focus on the UK may limit the overall appeal to academic readers.

Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America

Poniewozik’s well-argued work advances the investigations in Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death and is an important reminder of the media’s influence on society.

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Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language

Recommended for web and language nerds alike, encompassing illuminating facts on the origin of acronyms, memes, and digital tone of voice.

How To Self-Publish Your Book: A Complete Guide to Writing, Editing, Marketing & Selling Your Own Book

With self-publishing an increasingly common option for writers today, it would be hard to imagine a more useful and easy-to-follow guide than this comprehensive volume. Highly recommended to everyone hoping to self-publish a book that won’t look self-published.

Writing To Persuade: How To Bring People over to Your Side

A sensible, all-encompassing resource for both seasoned and aspiring writers.
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Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words To Divide a Nation

This insightful analysis is for aspiring journalists, media studies students, and news junkies.
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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction—From Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between

Most writers interested in the genre will want this title on their shelves, though those who own Gutkind’s somewhat dated but more thorough Creative Nonfiction: How To Live It and Write It or his more recent essay collection, above, may pass on this owing to subject overlap.
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Editing Made Easy: Simple Rules for Effective Writing

This affordable, bare-bones guide will appeal to writers (and others who have to write)—especially those who like referring to a handy list of do’s and don’ts.
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The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace

Povich sometimes overstates the suit’s historic importance, but her storytelling is compelling and she ably makes the case for the debt still owed to all 46 Newsweek women for their willingness to “take off the white gloves.” Quickly paced social history for media, feminism, and history buffs.
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