News and How to Use It
by Alan Rusbridger
An engaging and eye-opening book, full of anecdotes and insider’s knowledge. It’s part style guide, part recent history of journalism, written with clarity and erudition. Sometimes it sounds like an elegy for the press gone, when you read about former standards and compare them to the current tyranny of metrics and breathtaking speed of producing the “news” on websites.
It is very important today to remember what respectful media should look like and what we are risking without them. I recommend this book both to the journalists, who face more and more challenges to do theirs work properly, and to the readers, who should demand to get reliable information and be taken seriously.
Thanks to the publisher, Canongate, and NetGalley for the advance copy of this book.