Transparency is a bedrock principle of journalism.  The books on this bibliography have served as background and resources for the development of the journalism program for Mount Angel Seminary.


Clark, Roy Peter.  Help! for Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces.  New York: Little, Brown, 2011.

- - -.  How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times.  New York: Little, Brown, 2013.

Kidder, Tracy, and Richard Todd.  Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction: Stories and Advice from a Lifetime of Editing.  New York: Random House, 2013.  Kidder and Richard reflect on their work together as writer and editor over forty years.

Smith, Marion Roach.  The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing and Life.  New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2011.  A great guide for those who would like to report on their own lives through some memoirs.

Strunk, William and E.B. White.  Elements of Style.  Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2000.  The ultimate guide to concise language.


Horton, Brian.  Associated Press Guide to Photojournalism.  2nd ed.  New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.  An introductory text we use in our journalism course.

Stanton, Brandon.  Humans of New York. New York: St. Martin's, 2013.

- - -.  Humans of New York: StoriesNew York: St. Martin's, 2015.

Journalism Ethics:

Hargreaves, Ian.  Journalism: A Very Short Introduction.  New York, Oxford UP, 2014.  Hargreaves looks at journalism around the world.

Kovach, Bill and Tom Rosenstiel.  The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect.  New York: Three Rivers Press, 2010.  The current text for the journalism course at Mount Angel Seminary.

Gardner, Howard, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and William Damon.  Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meets.  New York: Basic Books, 2001.  A large portion studies journalists and how they cope with new challenges in their field.

Journalism History, Biography, and Autobiography:

Conroy, Paul.  Under the Wire: Marie Colvin's Final Assignment.  New York: Weinstein Books, 2013.  Marie Colvin, a reporter for the Sunday Times, died in bombing while reporting in Syria.  Conroy, a photographer, is a colleague and friend who was on assignment with her.

Laker, Barbara, and Wendy Ruderman.  Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love.  New York: Harper Collins, 2014.  Laker and Ruderman tell the story of the investigative reporting that won them a Pulitzer Prize.  Print.

Margolick, David.  Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock.  New Haven: Yale UP, 2011.  The story behind a famous photograph taken during the integration of the public schools in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Pilger, John, ed.  Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism That Changed the World.  New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 2005.  Covers the major events and reporters of investigative journalism since the 1940s.

Waitzkin, Fred.  Searching for Bobby Fischer: The World of Chess, Observed by the Father of a Child Prodigy.  New York: Random House, 1984.  Contains a chapter describing the press room at a major chess tournament in the Soviet Union.

The Catholic Church:

Allen, John.  All the Pope's Men: The Inside Story of How the Vatican Really Thinks.  New York: Random House, 2004.

 - - -.  Conclave: The Politics, Personalities, and Process of the Next Papal Election.  New York: Doubleday, 2002.

- - -.  A People of Hope: Archbishop Timothy Dolan in Conversation with John L. Allen Jr.  New York: Image Books, 2012.

Ball, Judy.  "Jason Berry: Church Whistleblower."  St. Anthony Messenger.  Oct. 2011: 39-43.  Print.

Berry, Jason.  Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church.  New York: Random House, 2011.

Thavis, John.  The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church.  New York: Viking, 2013.


Maushart, Susan.  The Winter of Our Disconnect: How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with her iPhone) Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale.  New York: Penguin, 2010.

Mindich, David T.Z.  Tuned Out: Why Americans Under 40 Don't Follow the News.  New York: Oxford UP, 2010.  Mindich argues against the commonplace that young people are more connected to the news because they are more connected to technology.

Book Length Journalism:

Humes, Edward.  Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash. New York: Penguin, 2012.  Humes investigates the destiny and impact of the 102 tons of trash each American generates in his or her lifetime, as well as ways to cut down that number.

Junger, Sebastian.  The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea.  New York: Harpers, 1998.

Kidder, Tracy.  Among Schoolchildren.  New York: Avon Books, 1990.  The story of the school year Kidder spent in a fifth-grade classroom in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

- - -.  Old Friends.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. The profile of two gentlemen sharing a room in a nursing home outside of Northampton, Massachusetts.

- - -.  Strength in What Remains.  New York: Random House, 2009.  The story of Deo, a survivor of the genocide in Burundi, and his remarkable journey and healing.


Ballard, Chris.  One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, An Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season.  New York: Hyperion, 2012.

Bloomfield, Steve.  Africa United: Soccer, Passion, Politics, and the First World Cup in Africa.  New York: Harper Collins, 2010.

Culpepper, Chuck.  Blood Confused: A Clueless American Sportswriter Seeks Solace in English Soccer.  New York: Random House, 2007.

Foer, Franklin.  How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization.  New York: HarperCollins, 2004.

Korr, Chuck and Marvin Close.  More Than Just a Game: Soccer vs. Apartheid: The Most Important Soccer Story Ever Told.  New York: St. Martin's, 2009.

Powell, Robert Andrew. This Love is Not for Cowards: Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juarez.  New York: Bloomsbury, 2012.

Simon, Scott.  Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan.  New York: Hyperion, 2000. Simon shares his experience with the major sports teams of Chicago - baseball, football, and basketball.

Stout, Glenn, series ed.  The Best American Sports Writing 2006.  Michael Lewis, guest ed.  New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

- - -.  The Best American Sports Writing 2012.  Michael Wilbon, guest ed.  New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.

Wilson, Steve.  The Boys From Little Mexico: A Season Chasing the American Dream.  Boston: Beacon Press, 2010.  The story of the 2005 season of the high school varsity soccer team in Woodburn, Oregon.