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Leaving Readers Behind

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The American newspaper industry is in the middle of the most momentous change in its entire three-hundred-year history. A generation of relentless "corporatization" has resulted in a furious, unprecedented blitz of buying, selling, and consolidation of newspapers, accompanied by dramatic -- and drastic -- change in reporting and coverage of all kinds. Concerned that this phenomenon was going largely unreported, Gene Roberts, legendary reporter and editor, decided to undertake a huge, extended reportorial study of...
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Overview

The American newspaper industry is in the middle of the most momentous change in its entire three-hundred-year history. A generation of relentless "corporatization" has resulted in a furious, unprecedented blitz of buying, selling, and consolidation of newspapers, accompanied by dramatic -- and drastic -- change in reporting and coverage of all kinds. Concerned that this phenomenon was going largely unreported, Gene Roberts, legendary reporter and editor, decided to undertake a huge, extended reportorial study of his own industry, what would become the Project on the State of the American Newspaper. Gathering more than two dozen distinguished journalists and writers, Roberts produced a long series of reports in the American Journalism Review, published by the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism, asking the crucial question: Are American communities -- in the very middle of the so-called information explosion -- in danger of becoming less informed than ever?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557287717
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 395
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Contributors
Ch. 1 Leaving Readers Behind 1
Ch. 2 The Selling of Small-Town America 19
Ch. 3 The End of Innocence 75
Ch. 4 Newspaper Monopoly 109
Ch. 5 Editor Inc. 157
Ch. 6 Down and Out in L.A. 189
Ch. 7 Synergy City 235
Ch. 8 In Lord Thomson's Realm 271
Ch. 9 Giant 303
Ch. 10 The Battle of the Bay 333
Ch. 11 Independent Papers: An Endangered Species 363
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