Changing the fourth estate: essays on South African journalism
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South African journalism has been fortunate in recent decades to have editors, writers and practitioners of the highest order working within its ranks. Some, like radio talk show host John Perlman and cartoonist Zapiro, are household names. Others are less well-known, but work quietly and effectively behind the scenes, bringing years of experience and skill to bear on their art. Until the publication of this book, few have taken the time to sit down and spell out the do's and don'ts of their particular specialty, gained often after a lifetime of trial and error.
Changing the Fourth Estate: Essays on South African Journalism is a celebration of excellence. Whether the reader is intent on becoming a professional journalist, is already working as one, or is merely interested in what South Africa's most respected journalists have to say about their work, this book will be of interest. Topics include investigative journalism, sports reporting, freelancing, travel writing, the art of interviewing, feature writing, news editing, television news reporting, newspaper design and many other aspects of a diverse, global media business. Carefully selected by a panel of top editors, the writers of this collection present an accessible, fascinating insight into the art of journalism and into what it takes in each field to aspire to excellence.