Examples of Amateur Journalism

Interested in learning more about amateur journalism by seeing examples? This page gives you links to a variety of pieces that have appeared in AAPA journals:

  • Leland M. Hawes, Jr. joined AAPA as an enthusiastic pre-teen in 1942. For over 70 years he was among the hobby's most talented and respected participants. You can read articles by and about Lee.


  • Burton Crane, a New York Times writer as well as amateur journalist, wrote "Use the Meat-Axe"to provide suggestions for improving your writing.


  • Sheldon C. Wesson (who was brought into the hobby as a teenager by Burton Crane) was both a master writer and printer. Here are selections of his essays.


  • Samuel Jero prints his zine Inky Fingers for the AAPA.


  • Dave Tribby put some issues of his Tribby Tribune online.


  • You can visit the AAPA E-Journal Archive.



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