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Morning Miracle: Inside the Washington Post A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life 1St Edition Edition

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*Starred Review* Despite its storied history—award-winning coverage of Watergate and of the abuses of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital—the Washington Post has been subject to the same challenges that are killing newspapers across the nation: plummeting circulation and loss of revenue to Internet advertising. What’s worse for the Post is that in the mid-1990s, at a pivotal point before the Internet became widely public, a brave few of its staff pushed management to consider a major investment in going digital. The moment passed as management pressed ahead with the old model of print journalism, still winning Pulitzers as it lost readers. Kindred, with 45 years experience reporting for newspapers and magazines, brings passion, insight, empathy, and a critical eye—as well as great access to Post reporters and management, including Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward, David Broder, and Dana Priest—to this completely engrossing look at the decline of a great newspaper. Reporters recall the golden moments of their careers when the risks to life and limb were justified by spectacular reporting that proved the higher aspirations of journalism. They also recall newsroom turmoil as management struggled to stay ahead of the inevitable in the most chaotic period in American journalism. Sad and delightful at the same time. --Vanessa Bush

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"[Kindred] brings passion, insight, empathy, and a critical eye—as well as great access to Post reporters and management, including Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward, David Broder, and Dana Priest—to this completely engrossing look at the decline of a great newspaper.... Sad and delightful at the same time."
—Booklist, starred review

"A fine piece of writing and reporting."
—The Atlantic

"Maybe it's only a newspaper, but Morning Miracle is one of those wistful love stories filled with as much foreboding as tenderness."
—Frank Deford, NPR commentator, "Morning Edition"
 
"This is a book about reporting and reporters. The best reporter involved in it is the one writing it. Through his talent, his wit, and his uncommon humanity, Dave Kindred demonstrates a love for journalism as a job, as a craft, and, above all, as a calling. In fact, he loves it more than it probably deserves to be loved anymore."
—Charles P. Pierce, author of Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of The Free  

"There's always some guy in the newsroom who knows the real story."
—Roger Ebert

“Kindred’s book is the miracle, making this old New York Times man wish he had spent at least one shining moment in the heartbreaking romance of the Washington Post.”
Robert Lipsyte, former New York Times sports columnist and author of An Accidental Sportswriter 

"Dave Kindred combines a deep love of daily journalism with a sports writer’s narrative skill to tell a powerful story of one newspaper struggling to keep its trademark standards and values intact into the Internet era.  If the time comes for the final obit to be written for print-on-paper newspapers, Kindred proves that he’s the guy who should write it."
—Bill Kovach, former New York Times Washington Bureau Chief
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1St Edition edition (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385523564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385523561
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #961,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Kindred's THE MORNING MIRACLE doesn't compare with Gay Talese's THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER, and isn't even the best book on the Washington Post (Katharine Graham's PERSONAL HISTORY), but it is a first-rate account of a venerable institution struggling to survive in the 21st century. The heroes are Post writers Dana Priest, Annie Hull, Anthony Shadid, Sally Jenkins and Gene Weingarten, individuals who see journalism more as a calling than a career. Walter Pincus is the old truth-telling prophet. Len Downie is revered as the near perfect editor. Ben Bradlee is almost made to walk on water. And yet, despite such talent, the Post is losing money on newsprint and the direction forward is murky, so much so that one Post writer suggests Kindred's title should be DYING WITH DIGNITY.

As Kindred focuses the story on the period of time between 2005-2008, the staff knows that beloved publisher, Don Graham, will do anything to keep the print side of the paper afloat. But, in seeing his personal (a divorce settlement) and professional (age) life slipping away, he believes that the only hope is to turn to youth for leadership, particularly niece Katharine Weymouth. Understanding the business side of the Post, and more aware of the importance of its online future, Weymouth is the logical successor. But, Kindred is not placated with the choice. He finds her oblivious to the decline of the quality of the Post as the staff shrinks through forced buyouts. And, worse still, he knows that she has no ear for words, no sense of the history of print. She quotes Metro Columnist Marc Fisher as putting forth the Post's objective in a tidy fashion when he writes it is "to speak truth to power, to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
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In 2008, San Francisco Chronicle managing editor Robert Rosenthal said the newspaper industry and the institution of journalism was caught up "in the greatest upheaval they had ever known."

The internet had started the greatest revolution in communications since the Guttenberg press. From 2004-2008, 100,000 newspaper jobs were lost and 10 newspaper chains declared bankruptcy.

From 2007-2009, the Washington Post lost $359 million. It's against this backdrop that Dave Kindred, a former Post sports columnist, wrote Morning Miracle, which he describes as a book "about a great newspaper doing its damnest to get out of the mess alive."

Four years before the Internet became a widely used public tool, reporter Bob Kaiser issued a memo in 1992 to all the Post leaders that reflected the new-found belief that newspapers must join the electronics revolution immediately. It became known as the "boiling frog" memo.

In 1994, the Post's circulation dropped for the first time in 40 years. The newspaper's glory days were starting to end. The days of 700 reporters on staff, a $100 million budget and news bureaus around the world were about to become a thing of the past.

In June 1996, almost four years after the "boiling frog" memo, the Post launched [...] The website was a high stakes gamble, one that required $200 million to gain profitability.

Steve Coll, one of the paper's top editors, wrote in 1999 that the biggest challenge for reporters and editors "involves adapting our work to [...] formats that emphasize speed, active interaction with readers and a new synthesis of words, pictures and sounds." He termed the Post, as it existed, to be "an idealistic editor's most extravagant imagination." He warned that it would never last forever.
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As a retired reporter--not for the Post--and a regular Post subscriber since 1982, I was fascinated by the inside story and the well-drawn descriptions of writers and editors whose work I've admired for years. I retired from a large, daily newspaper in 2005 and was involved in the transition to online journalism and the attempt to find a way to do real journalism without the support of major advertisers. I think if anyone will find to way to continue doing first-rate reporting in today's online world it could be the Post. I especially recommend the book for other reporters and editors and anyone who appreciates their work...with all of its faults.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Kindred's anecdotes of the people who've worked at the Washington Post over the years. So many of the journalists Kindred interviewed said that they couldn't imagine doing anything else for a living. I especially enjoyed the inside story of how Gene Weingarten asked Joshua Bell to play his Stradivarius at a Metro station for a human-interest piece, and then observed the reactions of commuters rushing by. The resulting article, Pearls before Breakfast, was one of my all-time favorite WaPo stories.

I found Kindred's book both entertaining and sad. Entertaining, because it was a quick and engaging read; sad, because it described a world that's fading fast and will probably change beyond recognition in a few more years.
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Atlanta, Georgia- Ben Bradlee who was the executive editor of the Washington Post stated that "We ought to call this thing, "The Morning Miracle." It's a miracle we get it out every morning." This is the opening quote in Morning Miracle: Inside the Washington Post by Dave Kindred.
A famed journalist in his own right, Kindred was granted unprecedented access to the inner workings of the Washington Post. In it, he peels away the many layers of news reporting and captures the chaos and uncertainty of the times in what it takes to write the news.
The books theme is more than a chronological history of this great newspaper, The Washington Post, it delves into some the changing dynamics of the news business. Now with the internet, any writer can have the same footing as this institution and share his or her thoughts.
Interestingly described in the book, the shootings at Virginia Tech were a turning point for the The Washington Post, it pushed them to move into real time reporting and posting online video.
With shrinking readership and circulation, this newspaper and so many of the great ones are grappling to stay relevant in a world over loaded with information.
Morning Miracle: Inside the Washington Post by Dave Kindred is a perfect companion to understanding the power, influence, and struggles within the written press.
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