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What Is Happening to News: The Information Explosion and the Crisis in Journalism

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Across America, newspapers that have defined their cities for over a century are rapidly failing, their circulations plummeting even as opinion-soaked Web outlets like the Huffington Post thrive. Meanwhile, nightly news programs shock viewers with stories of horrific crime and celebrity scandal, while the smug sarcasm and shouting of pundits like Glenn Beck and Keith Olber

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 15th 2010 by University of Chicago Press
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Charles Clayton
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
The book has a lot of interesting information, but sort of meanders around dipping it's toes in philosophy, journalistic standards, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, the history of the press, and some of his concerns with its current status, with intermittent anecdotes from the author's time as a journalist. In the end it was a little anticlimactic because it feels like although we wandered around talking about some neat stuff, it didn't lead to any revelations or propositions. I still don't r ...more
Daniel Watkins
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Not sure what to think of this book. On the one hand, it shines a light into the scientific roots of changing responses to news, and provides interesting insights and anecdotes from the author's experience as an editor. On the other hand, at the end, it feels anticlimactic, like the author doesn't really know what to do about the information gained through writing the book.
Katy Boungard
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best book i've been gifted in YEARS. Dense, but explains so much about the science behind media and our own perceptions of it. HIGHLY recommend especially with the current state of "fake news" etc.
Paul Signorelli
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: journalism
Jack Fuller, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, proves with his book "What Is Happening to News" that all of us involved in workplace learning and performance need to read far beyond the artificial walls surrounding our field of play. While the book ostensibly leads us through the well-documented crisis and evolution of contemporary journalism, its focus on how our brains absorb and cause us to react to all the stimulus we encounter is perfect reading ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: society
Jack Fuller is a member of that unlucky generation of journalists who were in charge when the online flood started to swamp the newspaper industry. Contrary to some popular cliches, Fuller and many of his colleagues were well aware of the challenges posed by the Internet and tried very hard to turn them into opportunities. The Chicago Tribune, where Fuller was editor and then publisher, invested heavily in digital publishing and brought some great ideas to fruition, many quite successful. Unfort ...more
Craig Jorgensen
Jun 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Jack Fuller provides a good analysis of what is happening to the quality of news reporting and why. At the nexus of the explosion of stimuli (electronic & otherwise) vying for our attention and the current neuroscience insights regarding human behavior this book makes sense of what is happening. Millions of years of evolution have prepared us to respond to certain stimuli in very fundamental ways and the media are taking advantage of those per-programmed behaviors in the most opportunistic a ...more
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Although I couldn't get into the book, it is not completely the fault of the author. When I picked it up, I was expecting a more head-on analysis of the news industry itself, rather than a dig into the neurological and cognitive aspects of the newsgatherers and consumers. In hindsight, there are probably many books out there that serve that exact purpose, which, in turn, probably makes this book very unique. But due to the way the information is presented, I fear it might only be accessible to a ...more
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Jack Fuller published six critically acclaimed novels and one book of non-fiction about journalism. He was a legal affairs writer, a war correspondent in Vietnam, a Washington correspondent, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer.

Three of his novels have been included in the University of Chicago Press’s distinguished Phoenix Fiction series. In 2005, he retired from a career in newspapers t
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