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The Vanishing Newspaper [2nd Ed]: Saving Journalism in the Information Age 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0826218776
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“Philip Meyer has set out to prove a point: that there is a strong correlation between newspaper quality and newspaper profits. Throughout, he presents powerful evidence that good journalism is an important shareholder value that can serve more traditional shareholder interests in quarterly earnings and rising stock prices.”—Robert Giles



“Philip Meyer is highly qualified, and he has made an important effort to analyze editorial quality and profitability that deserves to be aired, debated, and built upon.”—Gilbert Cranberg



Praise for the first edition, a Choice Outstanding Academic Title:

“Resplendent with vivid examples and analogies that illustrate its concepts and conclusions, this book poses practical suggestions for reviving U.S. journalism.”—Choice

About the Author

Philip Meyer is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author or editor of a number of books, including Assessing Public Journalism and Letters from the Editor: Lessons on Journalism and Life by William F. Woo (both available from the University of Missouri Press).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri; 2 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826218776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826218773
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,880,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Vanishing Newspaper provides a great overview on the newspaper industry's history and its probable future. It is written in an academic manner, with many charts and footnotes and lots of statistical analysis. The reading is heavy, but full of great information. I refuse to pay more than $10 for a Kindle book as a general rule, but I made an exception with the Vanishing Newspaper and I don't regret it. Still, this is a lot of money for something that you ultimately don't own. The content is worth 5 stars, but I can't give this purchase 5 stars because it is too expensive for an electronic book.
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No history of newspapering in the post World War II era would be complete without reference to this all-encompassing work by Meyer.
He brings to the page not only a significant back-story in newspaper journalism as he experienced it in the US as newspapers began to decline, but also his considerable experience as an academic and teacher.
His many student-centred research projects into all aspects of the newspaper business enable him to write with authority about the trends.
He is perhaps best-known for his prediction that the last newspaper will be printed in 2044, but in this book - now in its second version - he is at pains to say that was not a prediction at all.
As he says, he merely "straight-lined" a couple of trend graphs and noted where they intersected with rock bottom. As he says, nature throws us curves and something is likely to intercede well before that fateful year.
This book is an essential tool for anyone trying to make sense of what's happening to what was once a seemingly impregnable industry.
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I have used the first edition of Philip Meyer's book, so I ordered the second edition for my class on Global Media. The students liked it and yet they thought it was rather dry because Meyer tries to quantify much of what has happened in newspapers in the last 20 years or so.
But that was what I wanted, so the book works just fine as far as I can concerned. Meyer put a lot of work into writing and updating this book and lays down an academic basis for understanding the profound changes under way in newspapers. Some are surviving and really changing with the times.
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Why read a newspaper when the internet has everything one wants and more? Now in a newly revised and updated second edition, "The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age" is a business model for newspapers who want to keep their business booming during a time where newspapers seem more and more like a relic of the past than a way to communicate the news. Promoting an 'influence' model, author Philip Meyer offers newspapers much sage advice for their modern survival. "The Vanishing Newspaper" is a very highly recommended read for those who run newspapers of any size, or those who are concerned with the future of print media.
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