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Writing to Deadline: The Journalist at Work 59807th Edition

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Known for decades as a writer's writer and a journalist's journalist, newsroom coach Murray (emeritus, English, Univ. of New Hampshire; columnist for the Boston Globe) has distilled his wisdom for those hoping to produce memorable nonfiction. Murray understands firsthand that great writing is the result of skilled information gathering and careful thinking, and he covers those topics as well as sentence structure and narrative flow. The book is also filled with explications of Murray's own published pieces, supplemented sensibly by interviews with other writers as well as analyses of their stories. While most of those writers are little known outside their home cities, their work will provide readers with welcome surprises. Although many nonfiction writers and writing teachers already have their favorite instructors, such as the oft-cited Jon Franklin, Madeline Blais, Walt Harrington, William Blundell, William Zinsser, James Stewart, and Jessica Mitford, this book ought to clinch Murray's place among them. Recommended for public and academic libraries.DSteve Weinberg, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia
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About the Author

For nearly 60 years Donald Murray was a tireless explorer, chronicler, and advocate of writers, writing, and the teaching of writing. "We are coaches, encouragers, developers, creators of environments in which our students can experience the writing process for themselves," he wrote in 1972. Through the years and over numerous books, academic articles, newspaper columns, classroom handouts, writing conferences, and warm collegial conversations, thousands of students, writers, and teachers benefited from Don's work. Millions more continue to benefit by the wide circle of his influence over the fields of writing, writing instruction, journalism. Some of Don's most important insights about writing and teaching writing are collected in the Heinemann's The Essential Don Murray (edited by Thomas Newkirk and Lisa Miller). A Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Don was a columnist for The Boston Globe and Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. He was also a writing coach for several national newspapers, wrote poetry for many journals, including Poetry, and authored several books on the craft of writing and teaching writing, including Learning by Teaching, Expecting the Unexpected, Shoptalk, and Crafting a Life in Essay, Story, Poem, and Writing to Deadline. Read article on seacoastonline.com featuring Don Murray
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 59807th edition (April 20, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325002258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325002255
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a PR person who wanted to know more about newswriting, so I purchased this book looking only for a comprehensive, helpful introduction to writing for print journalism. What I found well exceeded my expectations.
Murray gives all the advice you'd expect--about inverted paragraphs, writing process, and, as the title would suggest, "writing to deadline," but he does it with candor, humility, and a sense of personality missing from most books that cover similar territory. He likes writing and he likes this kind of writing and that comes through.
What's more, Murray includes interviews with other journalists whose personalities he conveys with the skill of a ... good reporter.
I must say that part of my appreciation for the book stems from my familiarity with his work. I live in Boston and I've read (and admired)his writing and the work of the other journalists interviewed.
I have to say, he's chosen some of the Globe's best reporters and asked them the right questions. Someone totally unfamiliar with the Globe and its writers may not, then, have a history of reading Kevin Cullen or Richard Saltus, but I think that person would still benefit from the advice and enjoy perhaps looking at some of their work having "met" them in Murray's book.
I couldn't recommend it more strongly. This book takes its reader not only into the newsroom, but into the minds of journalists--different journalists--and reveals in concrete detail what it's like for them to write under pressure and how journalists write to deadline again and again and again, and how very much they all enjoy it.
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Somebody somewhere in some list recommended this book; and so I bought it, assuming a Pulitzer Prize winner would be entertaining at a minimum. I was taken by surprise. This book went off in my writing life like a grenade. Essentially, Donald Murray turned his mind inside out so that we lucky readers could see how a columnist who must produce something fresh and captivating every week for years keeps the magic alive. By itself, his vast discussion of how to write a great lead is worth the price. This book now sits on my desk, as part of my small, well-thumbed collection of essential reference materials.
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I am a high school senior who is considering a career in journalism. I had to do research for my graduation project, so I went to the library and checked out a couple of books about the profession. This was the only one I read past the first couple of pages.
Murray mixes tips, personal stories, and interesting interviews together in a way that makes reading much more enjoyable than a text book. This book was at times hard to put down, and I enjoyed his insight and humor in addition to his vast knowledge of journalism. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in journalism.
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