Five stars for SHOESTRING REPORTER

Joel Thurtell’s new book, Shoestring Reporter, is a ‘top pick,’ according to Midwest Book Review:

 5.0 out of 5 stars  A top pick for anyone who has big dreams of journalism, December 2, 2010

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Midwest Book Review

This review is from: Shoestring Reporter How I Got To be A Big City Reporter Without Going to J School and How You Can Do It Too (Paperback)

Writing is a talent that can be taught, but it can also come naturally. “Shoestring Reporter: How I got to be a Big City Reporter Without Going to J School and How You Can Do it Too!” is a memoir and advisory guide from Joel Thurtell about his journey to landing his dream job without going through the formal channels. Independent thinking and a way of words are all that’s truly needed to succeed and many papers don’t simply want traditional styles alone any longer. “Shoestring Reporter” is a top pick for anyone who has big dreams of journalism but can’t or doesn’t want to look towards a higher education in their pursuit. 

And veteran book reviewer Fiona Lowther also gave five stars to Shoestring Reporter:

 5.0 out of 5 stars Wanta be a reporter?, December 3, 2010

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Fiona Lowther “book lover” (Detroit, Michigan USA)

This review is from: Shoestring Reporter How I Got To be A Big City Reporter Without Going to J School and How You Can Do It Too (Paperback)

This is a must not only for would-be journalists, but for the everyday newspaper reader who wants to know “What happened to my newspaper — why doesn’t it have this, and why does it have that?|” Once you read this book, you’ll understand. Thurtell, a long-time journalist, author and blogger, is also a superb writer. And friends who have attended his presentations tell me that he is an excellent teacher.

Further, this book is not only for the student — if you’re looking for a second career or want a mid- (or even later-) life career change, and you’ve wondered whether you could hack it in journalism, this is your book. To paraphrase a certain U.S. President, YES, YOU CAN.

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One Response to Five stars for SHOESTRING REPORTER

  1. Deanna Maher says:

    Way to go, Joel! Congratulations, the book certainly looks like it will be a big winner.

    The parts about JC saddens me greatly as you know…his behavior has not changed…rather worsened from what I hear.

    And he remains untouched, whether or not he reads Playboy.

    As Dennis Niemiec recently said, JC remains the “King of Teflon”.

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