Whether you’re enjoying a staycation, holidaying or working through August here is the first installment of three books that are worth a peek this August. I’ve graded them out of five for “ease of reading” so that you know what you’re possibly getting into.

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Book: Flat Earth NewsFlat Earth News: an award-winning reporter exposes falsehood, distortion and propaganda in the global media
Nick Davies
Paperback, 320 pages
Published: Jan 2009
Ease of reading: 4/5

Whilst to many cynics Davies’ revelations may be nothing new, the research and evidence gathering that has gone into his book combined with a strongly built argument, make it essential reading for consumers, students and those working in the media industry alike.

Davies wholeheartedly believes that the role of journalism is to seek out and report the truth, and he finds very little in today’s media upholding this ideal. Analysing what has happened to create this situation Davies takes the reader on a journey through newspaper ownership, corporatisation, the new rules of production, the role of newswires, PR and looks into some of the darker corners of the industry.

You may not agree with all his conclusions, or his idealism, but the overview he portrays of the industry is insightful and gives plenty of pause for thought.