Writers as Witness Suggested Reading

Articles and books about journalists, the business of journalism and how journalists work.

We'll be adding to this list as the series goes forward.


Faking the News from PEN America

Warning that the spread of “fake news” is reaching a crisis point, Faking News: Fraudulent News and the Fight for Truth evaluates the array of strategies that Facebook, Google, Twitter, newsrooms, and civil society are undertaking to address the problem, stressing solutions that empower news consumers while vigilantly avoiding new infringements on free speech.

Faking News rates the range of fact-checking, algorithmic, educational, and standards-based approaches being taken to counter the proliferation of fake news and sounds a warning bell for tactics that risk suppressing controversial speech, such as giving government new powers to regulate or calling on social media companies to block specific content entirely. Arguing that Facebook, Google, and Twitter—which are many Americans’ primary channels for news consumption—must play a critical and transparent role in curbing the spread of false news, the report spells out a series of specific strategies that center on empowering news consumers with access to fact-checking initiatives and news literacy programs. The “News Consumers Bill of Rights and Responsibilities” outlines what consumers should expect from the outlets and social media platforms that convey news and how they can protect themselves and others. The report also includes an executive summary that outlines the report’s key findings.


On the Current State of Online Journalism

Megan Greenwell looks at online journalism from the journalists and the business side using Deadspin as an example. Read here.


Eulogy for a Small-Town Paper 

Caren Lissner writes about the demise of The Hoboken Reporter. Read here.


My Brother Moochie: Regaining Dignity in the Face of Crime, Poverty, and Racism in the American South Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590518601
Availability: Special Order
Published: Other Press - May 29th, 2018

Holy Moly Carry Me (American Poets Continuum #166) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942683629
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Published: BOA Editions - September 11th, 2018

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525560340
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Published: Penguin Press - September 10th, 2019

The Journalist and the Murderer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679731832
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Published: Vintage - October 31st, 1990

Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness Cover Image
By Carolyn Forché (Editor)
ISBN: 9780393309768
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 17th, 1993

What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525560371
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Published: Penguin Press - March 19th, 2019

In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374175597
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 6th, 2018

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer Cover Image
By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780062319791
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 26th, 2019

American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735223608
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Published: Penguin Books - June 11th, 2019

Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525434955
Availability: Backordered
Published: Anchor - September 3rd, 2019

The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062916129
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harper - June 11th, 2019