Irish Academy

by John Brophy
The Irish Academy 2007
ISBN No.978-0-9556578-0-1: Paperback
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This book is for journalists and students of journalism who want to understand how the business is organized. It gives valuable insights into the daily work of a journalist, identifies the pitfalls for new entrants and offers advice on finding work, getting published and getting paid. In addition , this book tells you how to 'pitch' an idea for a feature article. It answers the difficult –' what do you do if…' - questions.'

The text is peppered with examples of success and failure. It offers advice on working with PR people, cautions against too many freebies and junkets, and deals with pensions, insurance, tax deductibles and allowances. Everyone can learn something from this book.


John Brophy worked for more than 20 years as a senior sub-editor with the Irish Press, where he was also music and opera critic. He has been involved in journalism education for more than 20 years. For the past 10 years, he has been involved in the magazine sector. He is currently secretary of the Dublin Freelance Branch of the National Union of Journalists, and a member of its national executive.


John is a professional to his fingertips. His book covers newspaper production and the dos and donts of journalistic practice. He offers sensible advice to the beginner and practitioner alike.
Joe Jennings,
former Head of Government Information Services

This is a book which needed to be written and published.
Ellen Gunning,
Director, The Irish Academy