• My Trade

  • A Short History of British Journalism
  • By: Andrew Marr
  • Narrated by: Andrew Marr
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 04-18-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
  • 4.0 (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

How do you decide what is a "story" and what isn't? What does a newspaper editor actually do all day? How do hacks get their scoops? How do the TV stations choose their news bulletins? How do you persuade people to say those awful, embarrassing things? Who earns what? How do journalists manage to look in the mirror after the way they sometimes behave? The purpose of this insider's account is to provide an answer to all these questions and more. Andrew Marr's brilliant, and brilliantly funny, book is a guide to those of us who read newspapers, or who listen to and watch news bulletins but want to know more. Andrew Marr tells the story of modern journalism through his own experience.
This is an extremely accessible and utterly unique modern social history of British journalism, with all its odd glamour, smashed hopes, and future possibility.
© Andrew Marr; (P) Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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By Janet on 08-02-08

Doesn't Pull Any Punches

I really enjoyed this. It sounds like a wonderful conversation with a very interesting man who gives you the inside view. But also he is not afraid to criticise journalists where he feels they are overmighty. Very well written, very well read.

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By PhoenixAmbrosia on 03-26-15

Fascinating, engaging book

Andrew Marr offers an excellent insight into the world of journalism, notably political journalism, both assessing the print press and the BBC/broadcast journalism, interspersing his narrative with entertaining anecdotes and witticisms. Now over a decade old, this book offers a snapshot into the trade as it was prior to the rapid escalation of digital media and instant/24 hour news. Nevertheless it's assessment of journalism as a trade and the problems it faces is continually relevant today.

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