American English for World Media

The CUNY Journalism School Guide to Writing and Speaking for Professionals

by Diane Nottle

Buy it now through OR BooksAmerican English will help demystify American English for international journalists, students and other media professionals. For an advance reading copy or desk copy, for advance classroom sales, or to arrange an interview with Diane Nottle, please contact

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Publication Date: September 2016
◉ 314 pages


More than half a million journalists are working around the world, according to the International Federation of Journalists, and many 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 Media: The CUNY Journalism School Guide to Writing and Speaking for Professionals. The book is produced by and for journalists, but can also help students and others in media and communications.

Some may need English in their current jobs, others to fulfill their ambitions to 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.

This book is aimed at media professionals using English at the high-intermediate and advanced levels. For those who learned English less formally, it reviews basic grammatical terms and defines common media jargon.

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 lays down the rules and explains the reasoning behind them.

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About the Author

Diane Nottle coaches the international students at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she founded the English for Journalists blog. She is a former New York Times editor who has taught journalism in China and Europe.