An acerbic, witty guide to journalism that, if used, would get you fired.

The Bureau Chiefs, the team behind the Twitter feed @FakeAPStylebook, have finally figured out a way to get paid as journalists: Adapt the hilarious Twitter account into an all-encompassing stylebook of the ridiculous. But instead of simply hitting print on their browser page and handing it to a publisher like so many other Internet sensations, the authors have put serious effort into this collection, which includes more than 90 percent original material. They've simplified how to report crime, politics and the supernatural, among other typical journalism beats, with advice such as, “Use ‘disgraced politician’ on first use, ‘expert political analyst’ on later mention.” The authors embrace the comforts of mobile technology and encourage other journalists to do the same. War reporters are instructed to stay cozy under their sheets, so they won’t lying when they tell their editors they are “embedded.” Other sage witticisms include proper use of the term “World War,” which should be employed when describing “conflicts involving countries on at least three continents. For largescale battles against clones, killer tomatoes, or a fifty-foot woman, use ‘attack’ instead.” The authors also highlight the proper way to cite sources, the fine points of grammar and media law and each chapter comes with its own glossary of terms. Funny tips and quips celebrating the dying art of journalism and the shamefully low standards imposed on media types thanks to the Internet.


Pub Date: April 5, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-307-71958-4

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Three Rivers/Crown

Review Posted Online: April 3, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2011

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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