Thursday, December 20, 2012

Journalist gift ideas

Gift ideas for you or the journalist in your life.

Weighing Anchors: A Veteran TV Newswriter Critiques the Networks' Top Anchors

Mervin Block wrote for Walter Cronkite and other anchors at ABC, CBS and NBC. In his new book, Weighing Anchors: A Veteran TV Newswriter Critiques the Networks' Top Anchors, Block examines scripts from today’s top network anchors, including Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer, Scott Pelley and Anderson Cooper. This critique includes mistakes, blunders and falsified facts.

"I kept hearing network anchors making mistakes," Block told mikemcguff.com. "And I had never heard of any collection of anchors' (and correspondents') mistakes--factual, grammatical and stylistic. Not only did I figure a round-up of foul-ups would make a good story, but it'd also provide a batch of tips and little lessons about broadcast newswriting. I still hear anchors make mistakes, but I can't spend my life trying to corral them."

Also, check out Block's other book, Writing Broadcast News Shorter, Sharper, Stronger: A Professional Handbook.

OTHER BOOKS

Broadcast Journalism Street Smarts: The 2012 Survival Guide for Today's Television Newsroom
It's time for reporters to get street smart. And not just about reporting. There's more to the television news business than gathering facts and getting your face on camera. You need to navigate the minefield present in every newsroom in America. Broadcast Journalism Street Smarts is a survival guide that offers tips to make your stories stand out, job hunting strategies and critical advice to help you navigate the unique office politics of broadcasting.

Dayna Steele finds “101 Ways to Rock Your World”
In her new book “101 Ways to Rock Your World: Everyday Activities for Success Every Day” (published by iUniverse) Dayna Steele offers readers an inspiring and easy-to-follow guide to personal success.

How to Watch TV News: The best book on the TV news biz
If you are interested in a TV news career...read this book. If you are new to the TV business...read this book. If you are just a media geek...read this book.

TV's Tom Abrahams writes Sedition novel
Weekend anchor/reporter Tom Abrahams has written Sedition: A Political Thriller. Now on the bestseller list for Amazon UK!

Reporter gets biggest story of all time
It's not uncommon for television reporters to act as if every story is the end of the world. But what would happen if journalists really did have to cover Judgment Day?

Women reverse TV news stereotypes in new book
Imagine a television network run by sexist executives who are politically incorrect, force employees to sleep with them, and scoff at harassment lawsuits. But this is what happens when women run a network.

ONLINE

Photo of Santa Claus by YOUR Christmas tree
Snap a photo of Santa Claus by the Christmas tree for your kids. But if you don't want to stay up for the real event, you can fake it online.

DESK ITEMS

Sound Machine - 16 Sound Effects
If you are an approval or attention seeking TV news type, look no further than the sound machine. A little box, that with a push of a button, gives you applause, laughter, wah-wah, thumbs down, bomb fx, glass break and many more.

Tengu USB Powered Character - Robot Led Face Toy Gadget
Get thrown under the bus, yelled at by a manager...etc? This entertaining desk companion, Tengu, is a USB-powered character that magically responds to sounds by lighting up and making different expressions as it lip-syncs to music, your voice, or other sounds.

HURRICANE AND DISASTER HELP

Eton NBOTU2000R BoostTurbine 2000 Rechargeable 2000mAh USB Battery Pack with Hand Turbine Power - Red
Portable backup battery pack with rechargeable 2000mAh lithium ion battery with hand turbine power generator.

Eton FR400 Hand Crank Radio and Power Generator (Red)
Hand crank power generator is ideal for emergencies - Provides you with an emergency siren, water resistant radio, LED lights, and a cell phone charger so you can contact help.

MOVIE

Network (Two-Disc Special Edition)
The future of TV (modern times for us) was practically predicted in this late 1970s movie.

Click on the links to purchase these items and I get a little something, something if you know what I mean.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mike,

    Just wanted to say thanks for posting these gift ideas. My major is broadcast journalism, and I've already bought three of these books (Weighing Anchors, How to Watch TV News, and Broadcast Journalism Street Smarts) to help me learn more about the business. Please don't hesitate to post more!

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