book of journalism

book of journalism
Choose a book of journalism to review. It should be a book you haven’t read before. You must choose a book from the lists provided with this assignment.

Read the book. Write an original review in the style of a New York Times nonfiction book review. The review is your opinion about the book. Make an attention-getting beginning, focus on a few key points of the book, and briefly describe the author. Don’t try to summarize the content but do tell how the work fits in journalistic history and/or with some of the principles we have studied. Describe the reporting and writing techniques. The grading rubric shows how points are allocated.

Books by Illinois journalism faculty members

1. Chris Benson with co-author Mamie Till-Mobley. “Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America”
2. Leon Dash. “Rosa Lee: A Mother and Her Family in Urban America”
3. Leon Dash. “When Children Want Children: The Urban Crisis in Teenage Childbearing”
4. Matthew Ehrlich. “Radio Utopia”
5. Matthew Ehrlich.“Journalism in the Movies”
6. Walt Harrington.“Crossings: A White Man’s Journey into Black America”
7. Walt Harrington.“The Everlasting Stream: A True Story of Rabbits, Guns, Friendship, and Family”
8. Louis Liebovich.“Abraham’s Rhyme”
9. Louis Liebovich.“Richard Nixon, Watergate, and the Press: A Historical Retrospective”
10. Louis Liebovich.“Bylines in Despair: Herbert Hoover, the Great Depression and the U.S. News Media”

Books by or about broadcasters and broadcasting
1. Stanley Cloud & Lynne Olson.“The Murrow Boys: Pioneers on the Front Lines of Broadcast Journalism”
2. Susan Douglas.“Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination”
3. Erik Barnouw.“Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film”
4. LeAlan Jones, Lloyd Newman & David Isay. “Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago”
5. Douglas Brinkley.“Cronkite”
6. Bob Edwards.“Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism (Turning Points in History)”
7. Al Tompkins.“Aim for the Heart: Write, Shoot, Report and Produce for TV and Multimedia”
8. Robin Meade. “Morning Sunshine!: How to Radiate Confidence and Feel It Too”

Books about print journalism
1. Al Neuharth.“Confessions of an S.O.B.”
2. Katharine Graham.“Personal History”
3. Richard McCord.“The Chain Gang: One Newspaper versus the Gannett Empire”

Books known for their literary quality
1. John McPhee.“Oranges
2. Susan Orlean. “The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People”
3. Gay Talese. “Fame and Obscurity”
4. Edited by Walt Harrington and Mike Sager. “Next Wave: America’s New Generation of Great Literary Journalists”
5. Rebecca Skloot.“Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

Books about sports
1. H.G. Bissinger.“Friday Night Lights”
2. Michael Lewis. “Moneyball”
3. Leonard Koppett.“The Rise and Fall of the Press Box”
4. Jim Bouton.“Ball Four”
5. Gay Talese.“The Silent Season of a Hero: The Sports Writing of Gay Talese”
6. John McPhee.“Levels of the Game”
7. Tobias Muscowitz & L. Jon Wertheim. “Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won”
8. John Feinstein.“A Season on the Brink: A Year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers”

Selected books from New York University’s “Top 100 Works of Journalism in the United States in the 20th Century”
1. Rachel Carson. “Silent Spring.” 1962
2. Edward R. Murrow. “This is London . . .” radio reports for CBS on the German bombing of London. Collected in book form. 1940
3. Ida Tarbell. “The History of the Standard Oil Company” investigation. 1902-1904 (book 1904)
4. Lincoln Steffens. “The Shame of the Cities.” 1902-1904 (book 1904)
5. James Agee and Walker Evans. “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.” 1941
6. W.E.B. DuBois. “The Souls of Black Folk.” 1903
7. William Shirer. “Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1939-1941.” 1941
8. Truman Capote. “In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences.” 1965
9. Theodore White. “The Making of the President: 1960.” 1961
10. James Baldwin. “The Fire Next Time.” 1963
11. Ralph Nader. “Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile.” 1965
12. James Baldwin. “Letter from the South: Nobody Knows My Name.” 1959
13. Gay Talese. “Fame and Obscurity: Portraits by Gay Talese.” 1970
14. Neil Sheehan. “A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam.” 1988
15. Tom Wolfe. “The Right Stuff.” 1979
16. Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele. “America: What Went Wrong.” 1991 (Book form, 1992)
17. Taylor Branch. “Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63.” 1988
18. John McPhee. “The John McPhee Reader.” 1976
19. Richard Ben Cramer. “What It Takes: The Way to the White House.” 1992
20. Jonathan Schell. “The Fate of the Earth.” 1982
21. Lillian Ross. “Reporting.” 1964
22. Nicholas Lemann. “The Promised Land.” 1991
23. Norman Mailer. “The Executioner’s Song.” 1979
24. John Hersey. “Here To Stay.” 1963
25. Mike Davis. “City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles.” 1990
26. Melissa Fay Greene. “Praying for Sheetrock.” 1991
27. Lillian Ross. “Picture.” 1952
28. Jane Kramer. “The Europeans.” 1988
29. Jane Kramer. “The Politics of Memory.” 1996
30. Frank McCourt. “Angela’s Ashes.” 1996


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