Book Review

The Universal Journalist by David Randall & Jemma Crew

An educational and witty deep dive into the art of journalism.

The Book in 3 Sentences

  1. David has a wealth of experience and expertise in journalism and he does a great job of passing this knowledge on, making it both fun and educational.
  2. Journalism plays a crucial role in holding people and companies to account, but you have to be diligent and careful in how you do that.
  3. Journalists should understand the consequences their writing can have on the lives of others. Sometimes it can have a life-changing impact.


David Randall's The Universal Journalist is a witty and educational book that will change the way you read the newspaper or write your next story. Something that stood out to me was the importance David placed on ethics and values in journalism. He stresses journalists' vital role in shaping public opinion and the responsibility that comes with that power. He emphasises the need for journalists to remain objective, impartial, and committed to truth and accuracy.

The Universal Journalist was easy to read, I read it in 4 sittings.

Who Should Read It?

This isn't a book about spelling and grammar. It's about handling sources, documenting interviews, writing quotes, and much more. Read it if:

  • You want to learn about the nuances of modern & traditional journalism;
  • You want to learn how to be a better journalistic writer;
  • You want to understand the impact of what journalists can achieve with the written word.

How the Book Made Me Think

  • I'm going to take my writing more seriously. There is some value in learning to write well and spending time honing a literary craft.
  • I'm should read more written material to better understand storytelling techniques to make my writing stronger.
  • The importance of remaining objective, impartial, and committed to truth and accuracy.

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