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Everyman News: The Changing American Front Page Hardcover – December 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0826217776 ISBN-10: 082621777X Edition: First Edition

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri; First Edition edition (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082621777X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826217776
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,554,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A compelling read, a thoughtful examination of a brief and dynamic period of change in American newspapers.”—Frederick Blevens, coauthor of Twilight of Press Freedom: The Rise of People’s Journalism

“Michele Weldon argues that newspapers since 2001 have become ‘story papers.’ She tracks the significant changes in front pages, showing how personal stories—stories about everyday people—now dominate Page One. Her book is intimate, it’s readable and it’s convincing. And it may give you hope for the future of newspaper journalism.”
Peggy Kuhr, Dean, School of Journalism, University of Montana

“Weldon starts with a seemingly narrow, though important, issue about the front page, but she quickly ranges broadly and deeply into the democratization of news and journalism. “Everyman” thoughtfully explores reader-contributed content, changing tone and content of mainstream journalism, narrative writing and even “narrative therapy” and ends up at the frontier of communication between citizen and community.”
Frank M. Denton, Vice President for Journalism, Morris Communications

About the Author


Michele Weldon is Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A former columnist and reporter for the Dallas Times Herald and freelance op-ed and feature contributor to the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, she is the author of Writing to Save Your Life: How to Honor Your Story through Journaling and I Closed My Eyes: Revelations of a Battered Woman. She lives in the Chicago area.

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Michele Weldon was born June 5, 1958, the youngest of six in less than eight years. She inherited the "Juvenile Journal" from her older sister Madeleine, a publishing empire of monthly mimeographed newsletters sent to 50 relatives for 50 cents a year.

A journalist for newspapers and magazines for more than 35 years, Weldon has written thousands of articles and columns as a magazine editor and newspaper columnist writing for Chicago Tribune, CNN, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Slate, More, Christian Science Monitor and more. Her latest book is an ebook memoir excerpt, "Just Me and My Three Sons," (Shebooks) released September 2014. Her updated full memoir, "Single But Not Alone" will be released in hardcover in fall 2015.

Weldon is director of programing for the Illinois Humanities Council, assistant professor emerita at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a senior leader with The OpEd Project. She is director of the Northwestern Public Voices Fellowship and was co-director of TEDxNortwhestern. She is also a leader of Youth Narrating Our World for Chicago Public high school students, funded by The McCormick Foundation.

Her first book, "I Closed My Eyes" (Hazelden, 1999) has been translated into seven languages and the 2012 edition contains a new foreword and updated text.
Weldon's second book,"Writing to Save Your Life" (Hazelden, 2001) is a prescriptive book on the power of expressive, personal writing, that has been the source of Weldon's writing workshops for the last 15 years. The 2012 edition contains a new foreword and new essays.

"Everyman News" (University of Missouri,2008) examines the trends in modern journalism and recently won the nonfiction book first place award from the National Federation of Press Women. Weldon's fourth book is a nonfiction memoir about raising her three sons alone while struggling with cancer and working as a journalist and professor.

She contributed an essay to the 2011 book, "This I Believe on Fatherhood," (Wiley & Sons) and read it on NPR and was interviewed on the topic by Bob Edwards. Other chapters she has written for anthologies include "21st Century Communication: A Reference Handbook," (2009) and "Conversations with Joyce Carol Oates" (University of Missisippi Press,1989)and "Belly Laughs & Babies (Laughing Stork Press, 1997).

Weldon is a popular keynote speaker on issues related to women and the media and is also a leader with The Oped Project. She has led core seminars as well as Public Voices Fellowships for Princeton, Stanford and Northwestern universities. The mother of three sons, she lives in the Chicago area and also is a frequent live storyteller in Chicago and was featured in the 2012 Chicago Moth GrandSlam.

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Format: Hardcover
If you're interested in the future of journalism, as a reader or writer, this is a book you will want to own. A broad overview of how the power and appeal of human stories, the impact of historical events, and online media are molding America's new front page. Backed by impeccable research and compelling examples, this book is guaranteed to stimulate conversation, provoke new ideas, and change how you look at the news.
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By W. Rogers on February 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is highly thoughtful and extremely well written. It is unusual for an academic book to be so interesting and thought-provoking. The argument is true and provides a keen observation into the narrative that is the modern media. Buy this book!
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