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Books on Journalism @ PSG CAS

Here is a review of some books on Journalism available in the Library of PSG College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. First year MA Journalism and Mass Communication students (2022 batch) are starting their assignments by getting introduced to their all important Course books

13 thoughts on “Books on Journalism @ PSG CAS

  1. Journalism through RTI
    -Shyamlal Yadav

    A Must read for all the socially and politically well aware citizens and Wonderful book, written in different genre, showing power of RTI. It is about How RTI changed the face of investigative journalism in India, forever… The RTI Act has helped investigative journalism in getting information that otherwise would have been almost impossible to unearth despite legal provisions. Using the storyline approach, the author, through his own experiences, unravels how news was collected through persistent efforts using RTI, how the stories evolved, and how the subject was followed up keeping an eye on the rightful impact. Hence the emphasis is less on theory and more on practical aspects, making the book ‘a story behind India’s biggest news stories’.

    It correlates the relevant information about the Public Domain, Corruption Cases against IAS/IPS/IRS, Streams of Filth: Cleaning the Rivers Through RTI. Especially , it brings light on Personnel in Personal Staff of MPS and shows RTI Everywhere in the Government and also it adds veracity of NGOS Funded by Government: JSSs and KVKS. Finally the book concludes with “Misuse of RTI by Public Authorities & How a Journalist Can Use RTI and See the Change”.

  2. News Reporting And Editing
    Book by K.M. Shrivastava

    In this book, the author has written very detailed explanations about news reporting and editing. In the section on News Concept, the author mentions how the word ‘News’ has evolved from its beginnings to the present. By this we can know that the word ‘newis’ in 1423 AD became ‘news’ in 1550 AD. He also mentions how one’s death and epidemic become news.

    He also says that although not a very famous person, his death also makes news to some.‌ And he mentions that history includes old news and today’s news is tomorrow’s history.‌

    While describing the editors, he says that editor is responsible for all the news printed in the newspaper. He says that in India the entry into the profession of journalism is normally as a trainee journalist and later observed as a reporter or a sub-editor. The author then explains the duties of the reporters and the sub-editor in detail.

    While describing the News Story, he takes a news from the past and informs us through it. Then he elaborates five W’s and one H which are the elements of the news. Then he explains in detail how to report past, present, and future news based on grammar. Then he explains about news agencies and how news organizations get news through them.

    He explains various past press releases with examples from Press Information Bureau Govt of India. In the section on reporting speech, he notes that speeches are a major source of news. Then he explains in detail how to report political speeches and international conferences.
    He mentions that before attending a press conference the reporter should do his homework about the conference and prepare the questions to be asked in advance.

    He mentions that Parliament and State Legislature are major news centres. Then he explains in detail about the Constitution of India and its workings.

    He explains the reasons why news organizations give beats to reporters. He reveals that interview is a great technique to get a lot of information in journalism. He mentions depth report and Investigative report with examples of incidents during freedom struggle.

    Development journalism deals with a wide variety of situations. It covers individual projects, the entire planning process and its implementation, difficulties faced by people and efforts taken to overcome them, economic and social changes in rural and urban areas, impact of development efforts on backward and tribal areas and various aspects of development. Thus he states the importance of development reporting.

    Then the author explains in detail about the tasks carried out by the desk people. Then he mentions news agencies approved by PTI (Press Trust of India). Through this we can learn about news agencies and how they work.

    Then he explains where and how punctuation marks should be used. Then in the final pages he mentions the glossary used in the fields of journalism. Through this we can know the key words about journalism.

    By reading this book, readers can clearly understand how to report an information. Apart from that the author has given a very clear lecture about the Indian Constitution so we can understand better how to report political news. So this book is an excellent handbook for journalism students and cup reporters.


    Book : News Reporting And Editing
    Language : English
    Author : K.M. Shrivastava
    Publisher : Sterling Publishers Private Limited


  3. Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam; A writer who hides wonders in his words…

    Ignited Minds : Review

    Ignited Minds is a stunning ebook authored by the former president of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. The book presents a vision plan to take the country forward, towards a glorious destiny. It inspires the readers, in particular the younger ones, and ignites their minds to attempt for a brand new India.

    The book efficiently captivates the reader’s interest from the initial page itself. It starts with the inspiring dialog between 5 first personalities, namely Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Emperor Asoka, Abraham Lincoln and Caliph Omar. The discussion takes location in Kalam’s dream. It instantly taps into one’s awareness and reinforces the significance of self-recognition. Dr. Kalam explains how we ought to permit our internal power manual us through tough conditions in life.

    Ignited Minds is divided into 9 chapters, each concerning a selected subject matter. Those subject matters range from spirituality and patriotism to scientific gaining knowledge about our society. Each chapter opens with a quote from eminent personalities and concludes with a short evaluation of the principle takeaways from the chapter as a question. Dr. Kalam also writes approximately his interactions with diverse people from special parts of the society. Those include non secular leaders, scientists, politicians, industrialists, college students, and youngsters.

    He also highlights the qualities that the Indian society at massive wishes to collect and adopt. Dr. Kalam stresses at the truth that during spite of having the capability, capabilities and resources to gain the first rate, we often have a tendency to settle for the everyday. He urges the teens of the united states to attain for the celebs of their non public and expert lives. All in all, Ignited Minds can also be seen as Kalam’s vision document, a street map, for the excellent destiny of India.

  4. Writing to Deadline: The Journalist at Work” by Donald Murray

    Donald Murray wrote a beautiful book for the journalist which tells the reader about how to write a news article, how to handle the article and he talked about the features of journalism. The first context tells about the Inverted Pyramid. “the lead is just the beginning. Writers must squeeze order from chaos to find the logical progression of ideas that ties the start, the end, and everything in between together” he tells about the importance of the lead in the first few pages.  “The trick is to focus on a “dominant meaning,”  the author tells the meaning is the most important part of the newspaper. The meaning should be exact and there should not be any confusion. If there are too many unwanted words it makes the reader confused about the article or topic. The author speaks about the process followed by him before processing to printing. The written article should be checked three times. When reading the first time the author checks the meaning, the second time slowly he reads the article and checks the logic. The third time the author tries to check whether all the questions are answered or not. After the author gets the clarity then he moves to the next process. So through this book he wants all journalists to follow accuracy and logic. “prose is architecture, not interior decoration.” the newspaper should always be reader friendly because the ultimate consumer is the readers so it should be simple and clear for readers. One should not feel lazy to rewrite and edit because the main features of journalism are rewriting and editing. The art of journalism is rewriting and editing. When we started to edit the article many times. The article gets its best format by rewriting and editing. The author tells journalists to always keep a deadline for all the articles they write because we have to take it seriously and complete the work before the deadline we fix. Overall the book contains beautiful content about how to write an article for journalist.

  5. For students researching how the media affects society, the fourth edition of Media Effects Research is a great starting point. The author delivers fascinating research findings on the impact of media and related mass media ideas in an appealing narrative approach. Students are given a thorough understanding of how science, techniques, and real-world inquiries regarding the effects of mass media relate to one another.

  6. I have seen a book called Ethics of Media, it was divided into sixteen chapters. Each section provides a different take on ethics.
    Ethics of Media raises compelling questions about media, with plenty of ideas on what the answers might be. They have mixed up the issues and views. Questions on ethics are endless. This book helps us to sort through the complexities.

  7. Inside Reporting
    by Tim Harrower

    – A unique text because it shows the basic of reporting

    – The information of each skill is presented in an accessible way
    – Ellen meacham

    In this book I have understood about several things like writing basic news leads, news writing basic, Reporting basic, covering accidents etc.

    Tim Harrower show’s all the things
    about media and news in a simple way that all the readers can easily understand about the media and news.

  8. The four lenses of Innovation by Rowan GIibson.
    There are some useful book’s on the topic of Innovation.

    The latest Book, The 4 lenses of Innovation, by ROWAN GIBSON,is right up there in terms of my favourites.

    I wanted to share a quick summary and insights I gained from this well written book.

    It describes 4 lenses or tool to use to embark on a sustained process of innovation.

    After reading, one may say these are obvious tools, but that’s precisely why it’s unforgivable to not use them as reading as we ought to,

    The book uses real life Corporations to offer example of innovations of varying degrees from a diverse set of companies such as Rolls Royce , Dell computers , Google , Corning,. MC Donald’s and Disney, among others.

  9. Media Talk Conversation Analysis and the study of Broadcasting by Ian Hutchby

    Media Talk provides an accessible introduction to speech analysis by examining the linguistic and the aspects of audiovisual media. Recognizing that speech is central to all genres of radio and television, Ian Hutchby examines the forms of speech used by broadcasters as their primary means of communicating with audiences. It examines a range of media forms and genres, including Television debates with the public, divisive Television talk shows open online radio shows, advice shows, interviews and policy roundtables. Hutchby argues that the study of speech provides insight into the very nature of mass communication and invites the reader to further examine a range of important issues, such as the relationship between broadcasters and the public and the public role of media production. The book not only describes the role of media discourse, but also provides detailed examples of analytical tools. It is key reading for students of language and media, media discourse, communication and cultural studies courses.

    Darsini V J



    If you are a beginning reporter? Then you are at the right place at the right time!

    JAMES M. NEAL & SUZAANE S. BROWN have written an amazing “how-to” book for the beginning reporter. It is primarily for college journalism students who are only beginning to learn the difference between expressing themselves and fulfilling the demands of a variety of readers.

    This book will show,
    • How to recognize the makings of a story
    • How to get mandatory information
    • How to evaluate it and put it together
    • How to polish it
    • How to avoid the major legal pitfalls.

    This book also will inspire to dig beneath the surface of daily events, to gather fragments that often pass for news and weave them into the broader context of history, and to search for meaning as well as for facts.

    By clipping examples from our daily newspaper and following the suggested assignments at the end of each chapter, we could profit from this text without the help of an instructor. This book contains 12 chapters. Each of the 12 chapters is a self contained study unit.

    From the beginning, they have conceived the book as an aid to the classroom instructor as well as to the student.

    This book can help sharpen our perception, give us basic information about the reporter’s work and make aware of the purposes and principles of journalism. And it will give us many examples of clear, lively prose.

    Overall this book is a good read for all the beginning reporters and especially college journalism students.

    I would recommend this book to anyone that loves to develop good News writing and reporting skills.

  11. Beginners’ Guide To Journalism & Mass Communication
    – Barun Roy

    Any person interested in journalism, mass communication and in public relations will find this book very interesting, informative and useful. It could even motivate you to contribute articles and features to newspapers and magazines as a freelance writer. Most books on journalism today are either too complex to comprehend or too superficial. Barun Roy has really done a remarkably good job in comprehending the basic concepts. This guide introduces basic tools of the applied journalism in simple language. It provides step-by-step instructions to develop skills in the field. This book is great for the amateurs to learn the basic concepts of journalism and one of the great features of this book is the simplicity in language and clarity in basics, which is more important. This book covers almost all the basic concepts of journalism and mass communication, which will be really helpful for further reference to any concepts in the syllabus as it is not too complex to understand. One of the rare concepts like freelancing and its tools are also included in the context which I find really helpful. Some salient features of the book:
    *What is journalism?
    *News Gathering.
    *News Lead.
    *Putting the Story together.
    *Writing in Newspaper Style.
    *Colorful News Feature.
    *Headline Story.
    *Journalism as a Career. & publishers Contents:
    1. News, Views and You
    2. Different Kinds of Newspapers
    3. Different Kinds of Periodicals
    4. Films, Television and Radio as Instruments of Mass Communication
    5. Radio in India
    6. Television in India
    7. Internet as an Instrument of Mass Communication
    8. Introduction to Blogging
    9. Introduction to Freelance Journalism
    10. Freedom of the Press
    11. News Gathering
    12. The News Lead
    13. Putting the Story Together
    14. Writing in Newspaper Style
    15. Covering News
    16. Colourful News Features
    17. Describing a Personality
    18. The Art of Making Columns
    19. Planning an Editorial Page
    20. Editorials – Voice of the Newspaper
    21. Presenting Sports Action
    22. Copyreading and Proofreading for Accuracy
    23. Headlining a Story
    24. Planning Interesting Pages
    25. Pictures for the Paper
    26. Advertising
    27. Frequently Asked Questions
    28. Journalism as a Career Glossary Important Newspapers from Around the World Bibliography.

  12. The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect .

    Writtened by
    By bill kovach & Tom rosenstiel.

    In their book The Elements of Journalism, Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel identify the essential principles and practices of journalism.

    They have clearly mentioned about the do’s and dont’s of an media person and many values and responsibilities of an journalist.

    It would taught us,

    This “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. Then journalists try to convey a fair and reliable account of their meaning, subject to further investigation.

    Journalists should be as transparent as possible about sources and methods so audiences can make their own assessment of the information.

    Journalism has an unusual capacity to serve as watchdog over those whose power and position most affect citizens. It may also offer voice to the voiceless.

    Journalists rely on a professional discipline for verifying information.

    The Book consist of many more useful toughts and disciplines to be carried out by a Media person and by a journalist.

  13. History of Indian journalism
    Rajesh Kumar
    In this book, contents speaks about the History of News Papers in India
    ,Indian Editors,Press Freedom in India,Indian Television,
    Broadcasting,Photo Journalism in India,Freedom of Expression in India,Print Media in India,Sting Operations in India,News Broadcasting in India.

    *The history of journalism, or the development of the gathering and transmitting of news spans the growth of technology and trade, marked by the advent of specialized techniques for gathering and disseminating information

    *Journalism as a craft, a profession and even as a trade or business, is over two centuries old.

    *Indian Press, recognized the power of Newspapers and used it as a vehicle for propagating his liberal ideas and eradicating the social evils prevailing in the Indian society.

    *The role of media in a democratic system has been widely debated.

    *This book is an attempt to carve the historical approach, trend and development of Indian journalism apart from the mass media including folk, group and interpersonal communication, indeed the principles of the journalistic and mass media oriented approaches.

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