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Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves: Telling Stories in an Age of Blogging Hardcover – January 16, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0742555341 ISBN-10: 0742555348

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742555348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742555341
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,650,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jerry Lanson’s Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves shows exactly why journalism needs more mentors like him. He reminds us of the need to speak with our true literary and journalistic voice. Students and professional journalists alike need this guidance at a time when media organizations are pressing for the quick hit and the glib phrase. This book is a powerful reminder why we all need a trusted editor – now more than ever. (Jeffrey Dvorkin, adjunct professor, University of Toronto, and former VP of News and Information at NPR)

All of us deep inside believe we have something important to say. But writing is one of the most difficult challenges ever. Jerry Lanson provides the roadmap to make the journey easier. (Alicia C. Shepard, NPR Ombudsman, media professor, and author of Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate)

Jerry Lanson is a talented writer and an even more talented writing teacher. This book will be invaluable to anyone who wants to apply time-tested techniques to 21st century storytelling. (Thomas Kunkel, President, St. Norbert?s College, and former dean of the University of Maryland School of Journalism)

This book provides readers of all ages with a practical guide to perfecting their own work. From showing how to frame ideas early to how to gather and choose telling details for stories, the author shares tips, techniques, and lessons that will sharpen and enliven any writer’s work. (Writers’ Journal)

If you struggle with writer's block, or if you work with people who struggle with writer's block (and what writing teacher doesn't?), this book is for you....In an age when motivating students to complete assigned readings is a challenge, Lanson offers an easy-to-read text that presents useful information in an inviting manner....While this book can help writers at any point in their career, the earlier they have a chance to employ the suggestions shared, the sooner their writing will improve. (Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly)

About the Author

Jerry Lanson has coached editors and reporters at newspapers ranging from The Christian Science Monitor to The Boston Globe. He contributes regularly to The Monitor's opinion pages. He is a former Deputy City Editor and Peninsula Bureau Chief of the San Jose Mercury News in San Jose, California. He was part of the city-desk staff awarded a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. Lanson is currently associate professor of journalism at Emerson College.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bluestalking Reader VINE VOICE on August 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Recently, I promised myself I was going to change my ways, spending more time writing than reading books about writing. My collection of writing books spans several shelves, I think it's safe to say (considering they're peppered throughout my house and I've never seen them all together). Most of them are great, useful books. I could learn a lot if I found time to actually read them, then - the hard part - put the new ideas to use.

The problem is I buy too many. Some can't resist alcohol, others drugs, but for me, it's books. My collection ranges from fiction to nonfiction, books about fiction, books about nonfiction, books about books, books about writing and there's probably a book about books about writing in there somewhere. I certainly wouldn't be surprised.

Second, when I pick one off the shelf I feel a certain stab of guilt knowing I'm spending precious writing time reading about writing when I could be writing. And maybe that's a little irrational, but that's also a whole lot me. I am, after all, a recovering Catholic. I do guilt really well.

However... The reason we have rules in the first place is to find exceptions. When I saw an ad for Jerry Lanson's book about writing in relation to blogging, and writing alongside the age of blogging, my heart went ZING! Three of my favorite things: writing, blogging and reading about writing about blogging, that's a little hard to resist.

From the title I wasn't sure precisely what I'd find inside. I knew it would be good, considering it's written by one of a group of journalists who won the Pulitzer Prize for journalism when he was working at the San Jose Mercury News.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Moulthrop on October 23, 2011
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Great seller. Best book ever, love it! This book is packed full of many practical and useful tips on ways to improve your writing skills, to tell a better story, which is my goal. Thank you for sharing it!
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