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Practical Newspaper Reporting, 3rd Edition by Geoffrey Harris, David Spark

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18 LOOKING THINGS UP

The main thing about works of reference is to know what books your office has and what information they contain. The chances are you will not find the vast, up-to-date selection which books on journalism usually prescribe.

Your office will probably have several dictionaries and a British and maybe a world gazetteer of place names; an atlas, a Who’s Who, a thesaurus, perhaps a copy of Burke’s Peerage and Crockford’s Clerical Directory.

Do make yourself familiar with the books that there are, including those pushed to the back of the cupboard. You can save yourself a lot of time digging up information if you happen to know a book contains it. Make yourself especially familiar with Whitaker’s Almanack, though you will not score ...

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