Freedom of the press is a primary American value. Good journalism builds communities, arms citizens with important information, and serves as a public watchdog for civic, national, and global issues. But what happens when the news turns its back on its public role? Leonard Downie Jr., executive editor of The Washington Post, and Robert G. Kaiser, associate editor and senioFreedom of the press is a primary American value. Good journalism builds communities, arms citizens with important information, and serves as a public watchdog for civic, national, and global issues. But what happens when the news turns its back on its public role? Leonard Downie Jr., executive editor of The Washington Post, and Robert G. Kaiser, associate editor and senior correspondent, report on a growing crisis in American journalism. From the corporatization that leads media moguls to slash content for profit, to newsrooms that ignore global crises to report on personal entertainment, these veteran journalists chronicle an erosion of independent, relevant journalism. In the process, they make clear why incorruptible reporting is crucial to American society. Rooted in interviews and first-hand accounts, the authors take us inside the politically charged world of one of America’s powerful institutions, the media....
|Title||:||The News About the News: American Journalism in Peril|
|Number of Pages||:||320 Pages|
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The News About the News: American Journalism in Peril Reviews
Really enjoyed this history lesson on both newspapers and television news. It's a bit dated (AOL is described as an internet upstart),but that is to be expected on a book like this, which is essentially a snapshot of the news industry in the early 2000s (September 11 is mentioned frequently, both for the coverage and for its potential as a turning point for the industry. Alas...). I really appreciated the insights on the news industry for television, a topic I'm not familiar with. It'swell-researched, with many interviews from a variety of news professionals. The authors clearly outline what went wrong and how, from a news standpoint, the industry could get back on track. The solution is only a partial one- again, this was written before the Internet became as ubiquitous as it is. Essentially, it calls for going back to journalistic standards of reporting what is news, not necessarily what will generate the most clicks. The pitfalls of the later are well outlined (for example, the perception that violent crime is rampant). Despite it's dated nature, I'd recommend this to anyone in the industry, or anyone curious about the news industry.
I read this book at a time when I was also reading a lot of newspapers, and also feeling like " what is the point of reading this crap". The book sets out a good timeline of the demimse of journalism in the United States, paralleling it with the rise in corporate take over of our news companies. I hope that this book would be more read in the future, as it is a good eye opener, and clear acknowlegement of the affects of the "for profit" era that everyone mine and my parents age has been living through our entire lives. I have recomended this book to a few folks, and have already given away my own personal copy of it, that was given to me by my favorite professor.
This book seems quaint now. It was written during a time when the possibility of newspapers and traditional journalism might still have a viable long-term future, it has been more or less overshadowed by web technology and the change that wrought in information-sharing. Still an interesting look at what made news gathering different than other sources of writing and entertainment, but I'm not sure it has a whole lot of prescriptive value any more.
A little pessimistic, but a good journalism book
Provides a great analysis of how big companies and the bottom line have put journalism in peril.