Alumna's debut book offers advice for international media professionals

August 25, 2016

A Penn State alumna and longtime journalist has penned a book geared toward international media professionals. “American English for World Media: The CUNY Journalism School Guide to Writing and Speaking for Professionals” will hit the shelves in September.

Diane Nottle, a 1975 journalism graduate, wrote the book mainly for journalists who are reporting and writing in English when it isn’t their native language. But she said the book could also be helpful to anyone who needs English to advance professionally, including faculty members and students.

“While the book focuses on journalists abroad, there’s a lot in it that could benefit native speakers, as well,” Nottle said. “Journalists working with non-native speakers, like stringers and bureau support staff, should also find it useful. So will publicists, communications offices, media teachers anywhere and probably a lot of people we haven’t even thought of yet. ”

The book, Nottle’s first, touches on the American media landscape, terminology and Western practices while also diving into pronunciation, trouble spots in writing and the finer points of English usage.

After graduating in 1975, Nottle spent more than 30 years as an editor in print journalism, including 20 years at The New York Times, focusing on arts and culture. Since leaving The Times in 2008, she has taught both English and journalism in New York and abroad.

In 2012, she became an English as a second language coach to the international students at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism. The book will be published by CUNY Journalism Press.

While at Penn State, Nottle was editor of The Daily Collegian.

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Last Updated August 25, 2016