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More than half a million journalists are working around the world, according to the International Federation of Journalists, and thousands of them are reporting and writing in English – specifically, American English – even though it is not their native language.

Now comes a new book that will help them: American English for World MediaThe CUNY Journalism School Guide to Writing and Speaking for Professionals. Though produced by and for journalists, it can also help students and others in media and communications who may need English to advance in their current jobs, publish beyond their homelands or work in international media.

English is rapidly becoming the lingua franca of the 21st century, and international media professionals need to become both competent and comfortable in using it. But how? You may have studied it in school, but school English is not street English. And you may not have the opportunity to study at a professional school like CUNY’s. This book brings CUNY’s English-language coaching to you.

Some early praise for American English:

“This clear, concise and thorough guide hits just the right notes for international journalists aiming for English-language media.” – Jack R. Hart, newspaper writing coach, author of Storycraft

“Not just a great language textbook for international media specialists…a well thought-out introduction to the world and culture of American journalism.” – Dr. Hana Cervinkova, University of Lower Silesia, Poland

“The Arab world, believing that the accurate use of language has the power to unite diverse worlds, heartily welcomes this book.” – Professor Swapna Koshy, University of Wollongong, Dubai

 In American English for World Media, you’ll find:

  • A guide to the professional jargon and forms you’ll need to use from day one of working with English-language media.
  • A review of the journalist’s No. 1 task: asking questions.
  • Tips on quoting accurately when interviewing in a language that is not your own (and may not be your source’s).
  • Advice on correcting and preventing the most common mistakes in writing and pronunciation.
  • A reader-friendly A-to-Z guide (searchable in the e-book) to English grammar and usage that not only lays down the rules but also explains the reasoning behind them.

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