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My Times in Black and White: Race and Power at The New York Times
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My Times in Black and White: Race and Power at The New York Times

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by Gerald M. Boyd, Robin D. Stone
 

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ISBN-10: 155652952X

ISBN-13: 9781556529528

Pub. Date: 02/01/2010

Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated

“An inspiring and riveting tale.” —Patrik Henry Bass, Senior Editor, Essence
 

After a career of many firsts, journalist Gerald Boyd became the first black managing editor of the New York Times. But the dream ended abruptly with Boyd’s forced resignation in the wake of scandal over Jayson Blair, a reporter who had

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“An inspiring and riveting tale.” —Patrik Henry Bass, Senior Editor, Essence
 

After a career of many firsts, journalist Gerald Boyd became the first black managing editor of the New York Times. But the dream ended abruptly with Boyd’s forced resignation in the wake of scandal over Jayson Blair, a reporter who had plagiarized and fabricated news stories.
 
A rare inside view of power and behind-the-scenes politics at the nation’s premier newspaper, My Times in Black and White is the inspirational tale of a man who rose from urban poverty to the top of his field, struggling against whitedominated media, tearing down racial barriers, and all the while documenting the most extraordinary events of the latter twentieth century.

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ISBN-13:
9781556529528
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Pages:
402
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION....................ix
PROLOGUE: "This Is Really Hard"....................3
1. Loss and Love....................15
2. Seeds of Ambition....................39
3. From Uganda X to Cub Reporter....................59
4. Growing but Restless....................81
5. Fresh Starts....................103
6. D.C. Grind....................121
7. Fast Tracked....................153
8. My Times....................177
9. Shifting Priorities and Alliances....................201
10. Joy and Heartbreak....................215
11. The Outsiders....................233
12. The Greatest Story....................255
13. Managing Up, Managing Down....................271
14. The Makings of a Scandal....................293
15. Inquisition....................315
16. Free Fall....................333
17. A Time for Good-byes....................359
AFTERWORD by Robin D. Stone....................383
POSTSCRIPT....................389
CONTRIBUTORS....................391
INDEX....................393

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My Times in Black and White: Race and Power at The New York Times 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ScribeJC More than 1 year ago
As the highest-ranking black editor in the history of the New York Times, Gerald Boyd overcame the entrenched racism of the industry with a combination of skill, will, a brilliant news "gut," political savvy, and an authentic feeling for communities oft-overlooked on establishment front pages: the poor, people of color, the disenfranchised. His memoir is a poignant recounting of his journey from an oft-hungry, effectively orphaned boyhood in St. Louis to the summit of power at America's iconic newspaper. His plummet from grace, as a collateral victim of the Jayson Blair plagiarism scandal, was a harsh reminder that the forces he'd out-maneuvered had remained as virulent as ever. No matter how many Pulitzers Boyd helped the Times win, he'd have powerful enemies--both outside his newspaper and within it--who never accepted that he belonged there. No other "inside" book on the Times is as clear-sighted and knowing as this one. Precisely because Boyd was perceived as an outsider, he understood the Times as it truly was, in both its triumphs and its shame. All in all, a devastating indictment by a great and greatly-sinned-against journalist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read! Grateful for the inside view of the powerful NY Times that no one probably had the guts to talk about!