“Newsthinking” was first published in 1981 by Writers Digest Books and purchased by about 10,000 writers. After its first printing sold out, Bob Baker began distributing the book himself in the mid-1990s. In 2000, the book was acquired by Allyn & Bacon, an international textbook company, which published it on June 4, 2001.
The new version of “Newsthinking” contains a detailed appendix consisting of excerpts from “Nuts & Bolts,” the Los Angeles Times newsletter on writing that Bob created in 1998.
“Newsthinking” was originally written for college journalism students and journalists in their first five years of work. But it has developed a following among a broader range of journalists and other writers, who applaud its sophisticated yet plain-spoken approach to the biggest unspoken problem journalists have: “Now that I’ve collected all this stuff, what the hell do I do with it?”