Books @ NUJ Centenary

The NUJ centenary brings three important books about journalism. The launch of “Journalists: 100 years of the NUJ” by Tim Gopsill and Greg Neale, and “A Century of the Black Journalism in Britain 1893-2003” by Lionel Morrison are landmark additions in journalism books, while Tony Harcup’s book “Ethical Journalist” is worthwhile for journalism students.

In 2004, the National Union of Journalists decided to produce a new history of the union to mark its centenary in March 2007. The authors have done marvelously well in finding and compiling the facts.

Tim Gopsill, Editor of The Journalist magazine for the last 17 years, has had a good response from the members to the book.

Tim told the NUJ Student Blog that some people have pointed out various omissions, or that “there are not enough stories about Scotland and Parish Branch”.

He referred to such comments as compliments and said it means that people have valued his book.

However, the addition of missing things to any future edition is the publisher’s decision.

Tim Gopsill looks confident to sell 300 copies during the conference, from a total of 4,250 copies at a discounted price of £10.

Century of black journalism

Another important book is Lionel Morrison’s “A Century of Black Journalism in Britain 1893-2003”.

Lionel Morrison OBE has been a campaigning journalist and media trainer for fifty years.

He remains involved in Black Members Council which he was a founder member.

The book shows how long black journalists and the black press have been a feature of the landscape of British journalism.

Lionel includes a useful timeline to give quick access to the information.

The book tells of the persistent struggle against widespread prejudice, racism and discrimination mirrored by the stereotyping and rejection in the media.

The Ethical Journalist

The third book, “The Ethical Journalist”, is written by Sheffield University teacher Tony Harcup, who as secretary of Leeds Chapel was responsible for my own presence at the NUJ ADM as a student observer.

The starting point of this engaging and innovative book is that ethical journalism is good journalism. The book also discusses journalists’ personal anecdotes alongside relevant critical studies.

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