Untended Gates: The Mismanaged Press

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Identifies reasons for public disenchantment with the press, provides specific examples of mistakes made by newspaper owners, publishers, editors, and reporters, and gives advice on meeting the responsibilities of journalism.

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As former associate dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and chairman of the National News Council, Isaacs has long been concerned about ethics in the field, and here he faces a growing litany of complaintsJanet Cooke, Sharon and Westmoreland, scoop and ratings fever, etc.and concludes that the enemy is us: i.e., the press. His examination is sound but broader than deep, better as an introduction to the problems he identifies than an extended analysis of them. His discussion of his own efforts to found internal press criticism through the Council and the ombudsman movement is valuable, but aims mainly at gross deficiencies in small fry and chains and lets the New York Times and other biggies off the hook too easily. The chapter on the Cooke hoax, though, is a gem, and his conclusion summarizes the problems facing journalism today both ably and eloquently. Dan Levinson, English Dept., Thayer Acad., Braintree, Mass.
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Newspaper editor, former chairman of the National News Council and ex-president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Isaacs has long been known for his concern with journalistic ethics. Here he rails against what he considers shoddy ethical practices, and praises integrity in the field. After criticizing the selection process by which middle managers, such as assistant city editors, are chosen, he goes on to deplore hoaxes (the Pulitzer Prizewinning Washington Post story about an eight-year-old heroin addict) and the semi-fiction of many "new journalists." Isaacs does find things to applaud, particularly the growing trend toward ombudsmen on newspapers and various journalism-review magazines. The book's basically negative tone, however, may put off many of the media people for whom it is largely intended. January
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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