Pre-order Morrison’s Essential Public Affairs (fourth edition)

The fourth edition of Essential Public Affairs for Journalists by James Morrison is now available to pre-order from the NCTJ online shop at a special price of £19.99* (rrp £23.99).

The fourth edition of Essential Public Affairs for Journalists by James Morrison is now available to pre-order from the NCTJ online shop at a special price of £19.99* (rrp £23.99).

Essential Public Affairs for Journalists is an invaluable guide for both journalism students and practising journalists. It takes readers through details of the constitutional framework and the governing institutions of the UK; covers the NHS, the Treasury, industry, utilities, social security and home affairs; explores the role of the UK in the EU and the wider world of international relations; and focuses on local government issues and how these can generate a wealth of stories for the student and professional journalist alike.

This fourth edition has been updated to include:

  • Details of cuts to the welfare system, education, the NHS and local government made by the coalition government
  • Developments in the on-going debate over Britain's future in the European Union, with fully up-to-date material on the rise of UKIP and the 2014 European Parliament elections
  • Updated with reference to the immediate aftermath of the referendum on Scottish independence
  • New key points sections at the end of each chapter, together with topical feature ideas to stimulate and inspire students to develop their own public affairs stories

The text is supported by an online resource centre that contains web links, additional topical feature ideas, regular updates, tables to accompany the text and news feeds.

The book will be launched at the NCTJ public affairs seminar on 13 March at the Local Government Association in London. The seminar is designed to bring delegates up-to-date with key issues and developments in public affairs and will cover the key areas of change in local and central government. There will also be an important opportunity to debate the changes to public affairs in the Diploma in Journalism.

Delegates attending the seminar will receive a complimentary copy of the new textbook. To book your place, please complete the booking form on the website.

To order copies of the fourth edition of Essential Public Affairs for Journalists, please visit the NCTJ’s online shop.

A discount is available for bulk orders of 10 or more copies, please contact Shevon Houston on 01799 544945 or

* price excludes postage

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