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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595585486
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595585486
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This collection highlights journalism's role as a crucial component of democracy and an institution that needs to be reinvigorated... anyone concerned about the state of journalism should read this book."
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“Bold, meditative, engrossing, this is an indispensable guide for followers of modern media.”
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“[I]nformative and concise…A well-curated collection of essays on the decline of the newspaper industry and the future of journalism.”
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About the Author

Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of several books on the media, including the award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy, and a co-editor (with Ben Scott) of Our Unfree Press: 100 Years of Radical Media Criticism (both available from The New Press). He lives in Urbana, Illinois.

Victor Pickard is an assistant professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. His research on the politics and history of media has been published widely in anthologies and scholarly journals. He lives in New York City.

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Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of several books on the media, including the award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy, and a co-editor (with Ben Scott) of Our Unfree Press: 100 Years of Radical Media Criticism (both available from The New Press). He lives in Urbana, Illinois.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Snyder on October 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
Note: As a newspaper editor, I bring some personal "take" to the issues discussed here.

This is a great book, overall, on what faces the journalism of the future - the very near future. That said, although this is a five-star book, overall, it does have a few weak spots. I'll list those after giving synopses of what some of the top authors in this collection of essays have to say about the future of journalism, primarily newspaper journalism, and how to address a tidal wave of both financial and editorial problems facing the newsrooms of today, let alone tomorrow.

Eric Alterman is good on noting how angel investors, foundations, etc. cann NOT be the answer on funding journalism, in part, because like worries about Wall Street's bottom line does today, over-dependence on one income source too much can lead to similar constraints.
Robert Starr says newspapers are needed, period. He notes other mass media do little original reporting, instead "developing" newspaper reporting.

John Simon insists that newspapers need to get with it on paywalls. He notes it's late in the game, but that "leeches" (he uses the word more than once) should be cut off, and that the online advertising bottom line will be hurt little if they stay away.

Todd Gitlin and others note that the Wall Street profit line fixation was leading to a meltdown of sorts before the recession. He and others mention an obvious villain, Sam Zell. Others, like Dean Singleton, with papers of various sizes, and CNHI with smaller papers, could also be cited. Ryan Blethein of Seattle newspaper family heritage, also decries the increasing consolidation and lack of local ownership and focus.
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By R.L.D. on February 13, 2012
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This has a lot of excellent articles, but by default it has a lot of overlap. But definitely worth reading. I found the articles by Copps and Benkler to be the best, but most are done well. America NEEDS some good dialogue on this issue
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Crisis of the contemporary journalism just forced that kind of book. It is useful for professional journalists to avoid naive faith in their job, for critical observers to understand why journalists could stay honest and frank in their efforts, and who really impacts to the failure of their mission.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lander on January 26, 2012
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This book is a well-written and insightful analysis of what has happened with our media. I thought I was "up to date" on media issues, but there were many surprises here.
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2 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mevashir on December 13, 2012
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Here is what i wrote to the contributors of this shameless piece of propaganda for the American Whoreporate Mess Media.

Dear Sirs,

I started to read this book, but when I read in the introduction about your desire to see the US government subsidize American newspapers, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. But I did know I had to get rid of this book ASAP and also write to you.

I have been a 9-11 truther since September 12, 2001, when the first reports of irregularities, anomalies, and other suspicious things started filtering in over the internet. And I am proud to say that I have learned more from judicious use of the internet over the past 11 years than in all the previous 40 years of my life combined!

I have also learned that the mass media obfuscates the truth and seems to serve more and more as an official propaganda arm of the US government. So perhaps your desire to see the taxpayers subsidize your sorry excuses for journalism is not so surprising after all.

That would be the ultimate screw job on the American public, wouldn't it: forcing us to pay to read the lies spewed out by you presstitutes of the whoreporate mess media! Hah. You must not only think we're stupid but hate us enough to pay to be f----d by the thought controllers!

Well, at least you're honestly brazen. Maybe you will take time to read the following true life stories about why I hate the American mess media and hope and pray for its early demise.

1. On a flight from NYC to Portland, Oregon, in December 2005, I was sitting next to two radio news reporters heading out to a convention in Las Vegas.
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