“…enables readers to experience vicariously the risks, sacrifices and triumphs of a dedicated, resourceful and principled correspondent….”
— Len Downie, Vice President at Large and former Executive Editor, Washington Post
“Part memoir, part primer for journalism students and aspiring writers, this work takes an astute insider’s look into the world of news reporting. As a former Emmy Award-winning reporter for the Associated Press, Newsweek, and CNN, and drawing on anecdotes from his career, Collings (communications studies, Univ. of Michigan; Words of Fire: Independent Journalists Who Challenge Dictators, Drug Lords, and Other Enemies of a Free Press) shares his extensive experience covering world and national news. He recounts some of his most dangerous assignments as a foreign correspondent and offers insights into the intense daily pressures of trying to keep deadlines and scoop the competition. An analysis of how media outlets can improve their news coverage and ethical standards follows the two narrative sections about his experiences as a reporter. VERDICT With concise prose and clear explanations of journalistic jargon and elements of the craft, this book would enhance communications studies curricula and provides a snapshot of the profession to both fledgling reporters and curious lay readers.” — Library Journal
Capturing the News: Three Decades of Reporting Crisis and Conflict is the true-life memoir of veteran newsman Anthony Collings, and lives up to its title with stories ranging from when Collings was captured by Syrians in Lebanon to when he was “detained” by the KGB in Moscow in 1967, while he was filing news stories about Soviet dissidents. Collings has traveled the globe and confronted life-threatening peril to bring solid reporting to the public; now, he supplements his memoir with perspectives on how to confront modern-day ethical crises affecting the news media. Absolutely compelling from first read to last, Capturing the News is as highly recommended to lay readers as it is to any and all involved in the field of journalism.
“Capturing the News: Three Decades of Reporting Crisis and Conflict,” is a memoir full of stories both exciting (opening with a tale of standing near a mountainside outside Beirut in 1981 when six men pointed AK-47’s at Collings and his crew and took off with them) and funny (after Polish communist police, cracking down during martial law, confiscated an expensive piece of sound equipment, CNN bureaucrats demanding Collings fill out an insurance claim—and get the police to help him do so). — Joe Serwach, Michigan Today, May 12, 2010
“The mixture of journalism tales from overseas, and from the nation’s capital, makes this book valuable as a history text, as well as a journalism text.”
– – Steve Weinberg, author of Taking on the Trust: How Ida Tarbell Brought Down John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil
“In 34 years as a print and broadcast journalist, Anthony Collings covered some of the biggest events and political figures of the latter 20th Century…Now…he reflects on his experience and shows concern for contemporary journalism ethics. He’s as concerned as he is reflective, noting that complex issues in foreign policy and terrorism can’t be oversimplified.” — Quill, journal of the Society of Professional Journalists, July/August 2010