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Second Edition of How to Become A Good Journalist Released

Abhishek Kumar
Media Hive News Network
January 28, 2016

Book: How to Become A Good Journalist
Author: Raza Elahi

Publisher: Atlantic Publishers, New Delhi
Price: Rs 395 (hard bound); Rs 250 (paperback)

After the overwhelming response to the first edition of How to Become A Good Journalist, Atlantic Publishers has released the second revised and enlarged edition of the book.

The author of the book Raza Elahi, a senior journalist having spent two decades in media industry, has added four new chapters viz, Broadcast Journalism, Digital Age Journalism, Online Journalism and Tips for Writing for the Web. Catering the requirements of young journalists and media students, How to Become A Good Journalist covers all aspects of Print, Online and Broadcast Journalism.

The book discusses the making of a newspaper/magazine by devoting chapters on news selection, news writing, reporting, editing, page-making and headlines etc.

Besides discussing art of interviewing, nuances of feature writing and importance of 5Ws and IH of a news copy, Raza Elahi has selected around 200 words/expressions and listed their correct usages. The author has also picked up raw copies of reporters and edited them in the chapter ABC of Editing. The chapter Headline Hunter takes the readers through interesting aspects of headlines.

The book also describes the finer points of writing for TV and radio as well as for the Web. Keeping in mind of the latest technological advancement, the writer briefs the readers how social media and digital technology help journalists.

According to Raza Elahi, this book will be immensely helpful to the students in their editing, reporting and writing skills in all the three formats of journalism. It will also refresh the skill-set of those already in the profession. The book is equally beneficial to aspiring journalism and mass communication students.

Sanjay Kumar, Editor, MSN India, says the addition of new chapters on broadcast and online journalism has made the book more worthy for freshers. The inclusions of topics on technological components and web journalism will definitely give the readers an added advantage.

P Ramesh Kumar, Assistant Editor, Times of India, describes How to Become A Good Journalist a perfect guide to young journalists, Interns and media students.

How to Become A Good Journalist is priced Rs 395 (hard bound) and Rs 250 (paperback) and is available online at,,, as well as at leading bookstores across the country. The book can also be ordered at

KJ Bennychan, Mumbai bureau chief of PTI, says all the important features of journalism, including freelance journalism, have been included to make this book a complete package on the subject. The best aspect is that the book is written in a simple language and cogent style.

Khawja Hashmi, a marcomm professional with GE India involves in training and strategy planning, likes the example-based approach of this book. He finds that How to Become A Good Journalist will also interest general readers as it helps them in effective communication in English language.

Chandra Vardhan, a senior journalist working with DNA, Ahmedabad, says this book is a useful companion to budding journalists as it offers useful tips on journalistic writing, editing, reporting and social media.

The first edition of the book was launched in 2009. It is in the reference books' list of many leading media institutes of the country.

Raza Elahi has worked in various capacities with leading national and international newspapers and media houses like Khaleej Times (Dubai), The Economic Times, The Pioneer, The Financial Express and exchange4media etc.

To buy the book, visit or e-mail at

A Perfect Guide on Journalistic Writings

Abhishek Kumar
Media Hive News Network, Feb 12, 2013

Book: Nuances of Journalistic Writings
Author: Raza Elahi

Publisher: Applied Books (Marketed by Media Hive)
ISBN: 978-81-924202-8-8

Edition: January 2013; Pages: 80
Price: Rs 180 ; Discout: 10% Actual Buying Pice: Rs 162

Journalist Raza Elahi's recently launched book, Nuances of Journalistic Writings, is an attempt to simplify the writing techniques of news, views, features and book reviews etc. The book also tells about leisure and travel writings as well as discusses the arrival of Page 3 Journalism.

The writer, who has earlier authored How to Become a Good Journalist, has in his latest book successfully reached out not only to media students and journalists, but also to general readers, who wish to enhance their writing skills. The best part of Nuances of Journalistic Writings is its example-based approach and the selection of excerpts and write-ups. The write-ups are so topical and interesting that they can be read many times.

Though primarily it is an academic book written for students, yet its presentation has made it an excellent read also for those who have finished their studies and are in the job.

The book's backpage has testimonials of five senior journalists from Times of India, PTI, TOI Online, Doha Tribune and Hindustan Times, describing the book a timely arrival to help fill the vacuum of good books on writing skills.

The book is marketed by Media Hive (order at at a discount of 20%, making it available on Rs 144. Those who want to buy it through credit/debit card can buy it from

About the author:

Raza Elahi is a senior journalist and writer. He has experience of working at all the domains of newspaper/ magazine production -- like editing, reporting and feature writing -- in many reputed newspapers & media groups, including Khaleej Times (Dubai), The Pioneer, The Economic Times and The Financial Express (Delhi) etc. His earlier book How to Become a Good Journalist is one of the highly recommended books for media students and young journalists.

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