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The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age

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For more than thirty years the newspaper industry has been losing readers at a slow but steady rate. News professionals are inclined to blame themselves, but the real culprit is technology and its competing demands on the public's time. The Internet is just the latest in a long series of new information technologies that have scattered the mass audience that newspapers onc ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published December 21st 2006 by University of Missouri (first published 2004)
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April Helms
I wasn't sure I was going to finish this one. It's not the book per se. It's well-written, with a lot of good information and takeaways despite its age. But that's the big problem: it was published in 2004, which means that the information itself was most likely written at least 13 years ago. A lot of things have happened since then, rendering large parts of this book moot. The whole third chapter about advertisers can easily be skipped or skimmed. As I said, there are some interesting statisti ...more
Leonardo Fontes
Oct 08, 2008 Leonardo Fontes rated it really liked it
As propostas de Philip Meyer, em The Vanishing Newspaper, para salvar a indústria do jornalismo impresso são fundamentadas por pesquisas detalhadas, farto material estatístico e aplicação direta de técnicas das ciências sociais para identificar tendências ratificadoras de que investir em qualidade de conteúdo é a única saída lucrativa para o negócio.

Para Meyer, os jornais americanos, em nome das respostas de curto prazo exigidas pelo mercado financeiro, têm perdido a visão de longo prazo necessá
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Pascal Lapointe
Un gros, très gros effort, pour mesurer ce qui semble impossible à mesurer : la crédibilité d’un journal. Si ses propriétaires choisissent de couper dans les budgets, comme ils le font presque tous depuis 20 à 30 ans, en-dessous de quel seuil la crédibilité du média sera-t-elle irrémédiablement endommagée?

La revue que fait Meyer des multiples études —nées du moment où, au tournant des anneés 1980, les éditeurs ont commencé à se rendre compte qu’ils avaient VRAIMENT un problème— est des plus rév
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Michael
May 07, 2008 Michael rated it liked it
Like the Wire, it's a little out of date now, a little overly hopeful. Definitely constructed by a man with an agenda. But it's persuasive and could be of use in building something that will last or finding places that will. Also, it's novel to see some actual social science put to use instead of the constant bullshitting from NAA/SPJ/Poynter etc.
HaameD
Jan 03, 2017 HaameD rated it liked it
Shelves: journalism
With fake news prevailing like moral police in Iran, I think books like this are needed now more than ever. I love the chapters on "credibility" and "do editors matter" and also how money making has changed. ُsome works have been done but mostly they have focused on providing alternative channels like democracy now and the real docus should be on social media and a new way for online credibility.
mike
Jun 21, 2007 mike rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: journalists
Some good points in here but overall, far too many statistics, and far too many places in which it seems that those statistics might have been manipulated to get the desired result.
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