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Can Journalism Be Saved?: Rediscovering America's Appetite for News Hardcover – August 6, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0313392085 ISBN-10: 0313392080

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (August 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313392080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313392085
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,969,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• Reviews the theory of—and establishes the failures of—the social responsibility model of journalism and showcases its practical implementation via new journalistic products

• Addresses the critical concept of communicating with individuals to provide what people want to know, and explains why meeting this need is critical to saving quality journalism in America

• Highlights a potential new business model for journalism in today's multimedia environment

• Presents a chronological review of the top-down influence model, the timeline of the evolution of the definition of news, and the historical development of social responsibility of the press

• Contains helpful illustrations of the proposed new models of journalism

• Bibliography of academic and professional materials related to the state of the news media

• Index of important institutions including nameplate news organizations, influential companies (e.g., Apple and Google), theoretical frameworks, media owners, and media startups

"Well documented and researched, this is required reading for anyone interested in journalism and media analysis, including policy wonks, whose work is criticism. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers."




"This straight-talking book places the audience -- indeed, the individual -- at the center, and bids journalists to do the same. We'd be well advised to listen."


Geneva Overholser, Director, USC Annenberg School of Journalism


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Yes, I had to buy this book for Rachel's class. Yes, I think she's an excellent professor. Those disclaimers out of the way, I have used and referenced the concepts, quotes and theories espoused in this book at both jobs I've had since I left the graduate journalism program at Northwestern's Medill School. As a digital strategist who works on audience development, this has been an invaluable tool (combined with having taken the class, of course). Buy this book and keep it at your office when you're done with school. It's not light, fun beach reading, but it's not supposed to be (which might be a shock if you've sat in Rachel's class and heard her hysterical stories.) This is the stark reality of journalism's downward spiral and the directive on how to keep journalism alive that you'll need to convince your ink-stained wretch coworkers to stop complaining and start making audience-based decisions to save this profession.
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The book itself is actually good but I don't appreciate how on the Kindle version the publisher has limited the number of highlights for this book to 277 and prevented me from viewing any of my highlights at I have been reading this book for research and this is an inconvenience. I am very disappointed by these unecessary limits.
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