The Business of Journalism: 10 Leading Reporters and Editors on the Perils and Pitfalls of the Press

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In recent years the nature of American journalism—and the press’s role in everyday life—has dramatically changed. In The Business of Journalism, ten leading reporters and editors speak for the record about the changes they’ve seen and the effects such changes have wrought. These seasoned journalists tackle such controversial issues as how the press lost the public trust; the increasing concentration of ownership in the media business and its consequences for freedom of the press; the ongoing struggle to integrate America’s newsrooms; and the pressures on smaller, independent newspapers. The Business of Journalism is an insider’s look at a fascinating and changing industry.


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William Serrin, a former labor and workplace correspondent for the New York Times, is an associate professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU. He is the author of several books, including Homestead: The Glory and Tragedy of an American Steel Town, and editor of The Business of Journalism (The New Press).

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Edited by an ex-New York Times labor reporter and based on a series of talks given at the New York University journalism department, this book collects iconoclastic ideas about contemporary journalistic ethics. ContributorsAwho range from former New York Times columnist Sydney Schanberg to Mother Jones publisher Jay HarrisAcriticize both the knotty compromises they believe journalists often make, and newspapers' increasing entanglements with American business. Schanberg, for example, recounts his quixotic effort to persuade the mainstream press to cover itself more aggressively, and Harris warns of a "master narrative"A"part ignorance, part arrogance, part bias, part laziness, and part the economic self-interest" of publishers and reportersAthat leads reporters to ignore corporate power. On the other hand, contributors like Tom and Pat Gish, owners and editors of the Whitesburg, Ky. Mountain Eagle, suggest that all is not lostAthey tell an inspiring story about how their tiny paper has managed to spotlight local inequities. Similarly, former Times legal affairs reporter E.R. Shipp suggests that it's still possible to navigate newsroom shoals (such as in-house politics) and publish good stories. But the book is behind the times; because all the contributorsAexcept John Leonard, of CBS's Sunday MorningAwork in print outlets, the volume virtually ignores the electronic media, especially the Internet. Still, bucking convention and journalistic habit, this volume also offers up salutary nuggets of optimism, as well as ammunition for critics of status quo journalism. (June)
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