With new books on journalism and the media released every month, it is hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. Complicating the matter further is the high cost of buying and shipping books to Kampala and the limited e-book devices in the hands of Ugandan journalists.
But you want a book. Where do you start?
Over the next few months the African Centre for Media Excellence will be reviewing new publications on journalism on its website. Our intention is to review books that reflect international debate and the fast-changing industry, particularly in the developing world and the global south.
In the meantime, however, the wonderful world wide web has a few recommendations to help build your library of journalism books.
Don’t be put off by the title. This is an essential compendium of journalism books for your personal library. Half of the titles on this list are currently in the ACME library which you can access by introducing yourself and arranging a visit at info [at] acme-ug [dot] org
Journalism professor Gardeth Harding has put together a fairly comprehensive list of books for journalism students and ‘masters’ of the trade. On his list: everything George Orwell, Franz Kafka and Hermann Hesse. Tough reading, but mentioning those three won my heart.
This website hosts a podcast and reviews of new journalism books. It is a good place to start for 2011/12 publications and for interviews with “scholars of journalism about their books”.
Do you have a journalism book recommendation not listed in any of the site above? Let us know in the comments section below.