Finding the News: Adventures of a Young Reporter


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$39.95  $36.75
LSU Press
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6.45 X 1.03 X 9.42 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author

Peter Copeland has been a journalist and author for nearly forty years. He is the former editor and general manager of Scripps Howard News Service and is the coauthor of four books, including Living with Our Genes and The Science of Desire.


Gorgeous prose, great details, lovely story telling voice.--Barton Gellman, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Washington Post
Peter Copeland is not only a first-rate journalist but an incredible mentor. As a cub reporter in Washington, I learned from him how to dig deeper, ask better questions, write better ledes and break news. These are all skills that made me a better journalist and author. I'm forever indebted to Peter. My career would have been a lot bumpier without his journalistic guidance.--Amie Parnes, author of #1 New York Times best-seller Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign
Peter Copeland knows where the bodies are buried. Not just the literal bodies, and the entertaining tales they produce of cops and robbers, but the figurative ones as well. He's a journalist who got it early and got it right. As the newspaper industry fought for its future, he knew that a blend of enduring values and new tech could light a way forward. And his work in digital, in magazines and in TV, all provided early models in an industry that still needs them. His voice matters now and to the next generation of news.--Ken Doctor, media analyst and author of Newsonomics
Copeland provides a compelling tale of a young reporter who uses smarts and wits to learn the ropes of newspapering during the Golden Age of American journalism, eventually rising to head a major news bureau in Washington, DC. In addition, his book offers valuable, relevant lessons for young multimedia journalism students in the art of gum shoe reporting, solid human sourcing and impeccable fact checking, the kind of brilliant reporting that toppled a former US president and is needed more than ever in today's digital age.--Zita Arocha, professor of Practice and director of Borderzine at the University of Texas-El Paso