Books on Journalism:
Clark, Roy Peter. Help! for Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces. New York: Little, Brown, 2011. An engaging manual from the vice president of the Poynter Institute.
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.
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.
Strunk, William and E.B. White. Elements of Style. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2000. The ultimate guide to concise language.
Books on Photography:
Horton, Brian. Associated Press Guide to Photojournalism. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001. An introductory text we use in our journalism course.
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.
Books on Technology:
Thinking about and experiencing the influence of technology is a part of working as a journalist today. These books are part of the conversation that is swirling around the vast changes in technology we are experiencing today.
Cloud, Henry. The One-Life Solution: Reclaim Your Personal Life While Achieving Greater Professional Success. New York: Harper Collins, 2008. While Cloud's books on boundaries are useful in many respects, in terms of technology, this book has an excellent chapter on the use of email.
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.
Book Length Journalism:
Junger, Sebastian. The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea. New York: Harpers, 1998.
Susan, Richards. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in a Post-Soviet Landscape. New York: Other Press, 2010.
John L. Allen, Jr.:
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.
Among Schoolchildren. New York: Avon Books, 1990. The story of the school year Kidder spent in a fifth-grade classroom in Holyoke, 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.
With 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.
Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption. New York: Random House, 2010. The story of Simon and his wife adopting two baby girls from China.
Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan. New York: Hyperion, 2000. A sports book even for those who are not sports fans. Simon shares his experience with the major sports teams of Chicago - baseball, football, and basketball.
Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2002. A brief introduction to the man who integrated major league baseball. Also has discussion of how the press covered his 1947 season.
Novels that feature journalism or journalists:
Haruf, Kent. Where You Once Belonged. New York: Random House, 1990. The narrator runs the newspaper for his small town of Holt, Colorado.