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The News About the News: American Journalism in Peril

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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 senio
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 4th 2003 by Vintage (first published 2002)
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Barnacle
Dec 28, 2007 Barnacle rated it really liked it
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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 t
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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.
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