It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. ~Oscar Wilde
When a journalist as smart as Kathryn Gretsinger lets you in on her summer reading short list, you pay attention.
As fellow student Jodie Martinson once said, Kathryn is a “professional human being.” She is fantastic at what she does — both as a UBC professor and a CBC journalist — and, true to form, she recently took the time to share the source of some of her smarts with her students.
Here are her fifteen suggested summer reads.
- The New Journalist – Paul Benedetti, Tim Currie, Kim Kierans
- The News about the News – Downey and Kaiser
- A Little History of the World – E.M. Gombrich
- The Chaos Scenario – Bob Garfield
- We the Media – Dan Gillmor
- Sound Reporting – Jonathan Kern
- The Elements of Journalism – Kovach and Rosenstiel
- Asking Questions – Paul McLaughlin (Hey! This is a former prof of mine. I can vouch for this one!)
- Convergent Journalism – Quinn and Flak
- REPORTING: Writings from the New Yorker – David Remnick
- Here Comes Everybody – Clay Shirky
- The Elements of Style – Strunk and White
- On Writing Well – William Zinsser
- What’s happening to News: The information explosion and the crisis in journalism – Jack Fuller
- A History of Canadian Journalism – William Craick