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3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  21 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
A Top Editor's Take on the State of Journalism Today--and His Prescient Forecast of Its Future

"This is a personal and insightful book about one of the most important questions of our time: how will journalism make the transition to the digital age? Steve Shepard made that leap bravely when he went from being a great magazine editor to the first dean of the City University
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ebook, 304 pages
Published August 17th 2012 by McGraw-Hill
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Steven
Jan 28, 2013 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You get two books in one. First comes the author's memoir, the story of a Bronx kid who goes from City College to Newsweek to editor in chief of BusinessWeek and induction into the magazine hall of fame. Then comes a tight and cogent examination of how journalism is changing as this old-media world crumbles. What unifies the book is the author's rigorous analytical perspective. Shepard rose to the top on his talents as an analytical journalist - a magazine writer and editor who excels at finding ...more
Lori
Sep 11, 2014 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: media-journalism
The subtitle drew me to this book as well as the shortage of current titles touching on the sweeping changes we're facing as journalists. However, turbulent isn't the word I'd choose for Stephen B. Shepard's path.

The bulk of this book is a straight-forward, thoughtful memoir of someone who had a noteworthy career in magazines. As the bookflap says, when Shepard stepped down from his role as editor-in-chief of Business Week in 2005, we were already seeing sweeping changes because of the Internet
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judy
Jun 14, 2016 judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was written in 2013--the first problem. I checked it out to see if journalism has a future. Evidently we don't know yet. Lots of solid professionals are struggling with how journalism can make money or even be a respectable non-profit. My own theory would be that we don't have the technology yet and, sadly, we may have to re-define what we consider news. If you are an old timer, this book may help you recognize the disaster that is already overtaking our profession. As the author point ...more
David
Dec 25, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Longtime editor of BusinessWeek describes his career in magazine publishing, the ways in which the Internet altered the traditional business model of newspapers and magazines, and where things might go from here. I found it a couple years after the book came out, so probably unfair to hold to a standard of currency, but if you follow this industry at all or read newspapers, the spotting-of-trends stuff will not be news to you (some are shifting cost burden from disappearing ads base to the reade ...more
Geir Ruud
Feb 11, 2013 Geir Ruud rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Media leaders, journalism students
Great story about the old paper reporter and editor opening up his mind to the digital life - and bulding the journalism school for the future.

It probably helps to be in the business, if you wnt to read it.
Patrick Neylan
Shepard's book promises a look at the changing nature of journalism, but it's more of an autobiography with a few short think-pieces at the end. His account of growing up in New York, falling in love with journalism and becoming the very successful editor of BusinessWeek is interesting without being gripping and personal without being revealing. Throughout the book he is at pains to mention the names of all the big beasts he met (star CEOs and presidents) and the names of all those who helped hi ...more
Mark Tatge
Aug 18, 2013 Mark Tatge rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: journalism
This is an interesting book by former Business Week magazine editor Stephen Shepard (1984-2005). Shepard recounts his triumphs at Business Week. There is no disputing that Business Week was a great magazine under Shepard's leadership. It broke many stories and won many awards. But it is also true that Shepard left the publication ill prepared for the changes that followed. By the time Shepard left in 2005, the transition to Web publishing was well underway. One has to ask: Did Shepard know Busin ...more
Richard Uhlhorn
Jun 23, 2013 Richard Uhlhorn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent memoir of life as an editor of a major magazine. Beyond the "I did this" stuff and into the changes facing the publishing industry, it raises some serious questions about where journalism is headed.
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2.5 stars.
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