- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: University of Missouri (December 21, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0826215688
- ISBN-13: 978-0826215680
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,450,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age
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“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.
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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.
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.
As for the other reviewer's charge that Phil wants papers to become more liberal, the reviewer has had to stretch to find what he found and then takes it out of context. The entire claim that newspapers are liberally biased is nonsense; in 23 out of 25 presidential elections in the 20th century, the majority of U.S. newspapers endorsed the Republican candidate for president. That is a fact. Check it yourself. Daily news coverage is heavily biased toward the status quo, whatever it might be, as reporters interview governors, senators, CEOs, etc.; they rarely interview union presidents and almost never interview true leftists, while constantly interviewing extreme right-wingers. The "liberal bias" charge is manufactured by the right-wing to try to make much of U.S. news media--which overwhelmingly is conventional, traditional, slowly changing--as reactionary and regressive as those making the charge.
Utilizing a wealth of contemporary studies and surveys, Meyer's The Vanishing Newspaper answers many questions and suggests that successful newspapers have positive influences in their respective communities through (among other factors) clear and accurate writing and social responsibility. By embracing new technologies - especially the ubiquitous Internet - newspapers can remain a respected source of information and viable business enterprise. Does accuracy and readability have a direct impact on circulation and ad revenue? What are the consequences of a newspaper's content? And just why are fewer people reading newspapers? Read and find out.
As an experienced newspaper publisher/managing editor/reporter, I highly recommend this insightful book for anyone involved in journalism - including students, teachers, writers, business managers and investors. No class, seminar, or casual conversation can supply the resources and suggestions found in The Vanishing Newspaper. Above all else, Meyer provides a realistic and positive outlook for those who love the profession and choose solutions over indifference.
Final word: This should be a mandatory read at every newspaper and j-school in America.