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Deadlines and Disruption: My Turbulent Path from Print to Digital Hardcover – September 11, 2012
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From the Back Cover
In Deadlines and Disruption, Stephen B. Shepard chronicles his nearly 50 years in the news business―landing his first job as a reporter, finding stories, meeting deadlines, and working his way up to become editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek, where he presided over some of the most important stories of the age.
Primarily, though, this is a story of upheaval, transition, and the future of news. When Shepard stepped down from BusinessWeek in 2005, journalism was already being transformed by the Internet. At an age when most people retire, Shepard jumped back into the middle of it all. As founder and dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, he is on the front lines of training the new generation of journalists.
Deadlines and Disruption is a treasure of insight from one of the most respected people in journalism. Anyone concerned with the state of news creation, delivery, and consumption today―and how it all plays out in society―cannot afford to miss this book.
More About the Author
An adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Journalism from 1971 to 1976, he co-founded the school's Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism, serving as its first director. He was president of the American Society of Magazine Editors from 1992 to 1994.
A native New Yorker, he graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, received his Bachelor's degree from the City College of New York, and a Master's from Columbia. He and his wife, Lynn Povich, live in New York.
His journalistic memoir, "Deadlines and Disruption: My Turbulent Path From Print to Digital," was published in September 2012 by McGraw-Hill.
"Deadlines and Disruption" is a book about journalism at a time of radical disruption, written as a memoir by someone who lived through it. Fundamentally a tale of transition, it is the passage of a working-class kid from the Bronx who rises to the top of the magazine world. It is the story of how he built Business Week into one of the world's best and most lucrative magazines, only to see it later succumb to the imperatives of the Internet age. It is the saga of how, at age 65, he launched a new graduate school of journalism for a new era, struggling himself to understand the topsy-turvy forces at work - and to accept them. And, ultimately, it is the transformation of journalism itself as it tries to find new business models for the digital age.
Here's what Walter Isaacson, best-selling author of "Steve Jobs," says about Shepard's book:
"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 of New York journalism school. His tale is filled with great lessons for us all."
Top Customer Reviews
The best chapter, and to me was the start of the book, was "Going Global". Shepard does a great job describing going to China, Russia, East Germany. I found this chapter totally engaging. After this chapter Shepard talks about going digital and the new business models that will be needed to keep journalism a true art. Publications certainly have their work cut out for them, but if they have valuable content people will find them and even pay to read (subscribe) to certain sites. The differentiator will be the content, analysis and quality of thought.
Some nice antidotes and stories, but I found this to be a soft read with some good tidbits. Definitely worth a look as the author is intelligent, well-traveled, and well-grounded in understanding his routes and dedication to the profession of journalism. Anyone looking to organize data and articles will find this book interesting. Getting the right information to the right people will still be needed in the future. Shepard points out on a few occasions how some stories in BusinessWeek sparked investigations and led to some amended laws (not to mention leading to some arrests). Use the book to think about the future and how the new platform and opportunities to write and view news and articles will fit into everyone's lives.
The content providers are fighting back with metering. Readers get some articles for free every month, with the usual pitches to subscribe. The search engines pick up their articles & take the reader to the content providers website. Advertisers were not getting the results they had hoped for from digital aggregators, so they're returning to digital & printed magazines. Personal contact with the readers via forums is now encouraged in both print & digital. Finally, the journalism profession may have found an answer to the digital onslaught.
It is not so much that reporting has changed, rather its delivery has declined on the print side while more and more expanding digitally. Therein is the challenge as few publications on the internet have sufficient revenue sources. That is, as Shepard indicates, the "turbulent path from print to digital".
I am a classmate of Steve's at CCNY, where we both graduated in 1961, and our experiences from boyhood through college were similar. Both from the Bronx, Yankee fans of course, and children of middle, or more accurately lower/middle Jewish families whose parents had specific expectations that their sons go into science, engineering, medicine or law while their daughters go into teaching. Steve, coming out of Bronx Science H.S. during the Cold War chose Mechanical Engineering to the liking of his parents (as opposed to his own liking), before entering the journalism field. I later became a lawyer.
The students of CCNY at the time were predominantly Jewish with east European and Russian backgrounds.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After editing Business Week for 20 years, Shepard started a brand new journalism school for the digital age at the City University of New York. Read morePublished 7 months ago by stephen shepard
A little slow at times, the author has had an amazing life but tends to tell his story and lecturer, an academic. Too much in his head. Slow going.Published on November 17, 2013 by Barbara Levinson
A splendid autobiography filled with mixed emotions coupled with rich insights of Journalist's struggles during the transition stage, from print to digital technology which could... Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Agnes Marshall