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The Continuing Importance of Newspaper Journalism
The continuing importance of newspaper journalism

A newspaper's role is to find out fresh information on matters of public interest and to relay it as quickly and as accurately as possible to readers in an honest and balanced way. That's it. (Randall, 2007: 25)

So writes David Randall in his book The Universal Journalist, the much reprinted, all over the world, and excellent ‘insider’ book on journalism and what it takes to be a journalist. Randall loves journalism and newspapers, and unlike many manages to remain upbeat about both. He recognises the criticisms of both, and is intolerant of journalism that fails to meet his high standards, but he maintains that there is more good journalism than bad, and that there ...

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