Out of the News: Former Journalists Discuss a Profession in Crisis

Overview

This is a work of media history and media criticism with a human face. It presents profiles of 11 journalists who left some of the country's biggest mainstream media outlets, and took on new career challenges. Their stories give the reader a vivid sense of what it means to be a reporter and to cover big news events. But this book goes beyond media memoir.

The book also explores the factors that led talented people to re-assess the profession they loved, and raises profound ...

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Overview

This is a work of media history and media criticism with a human face. It presents profiles of 11 journalists who left some of the country's biggest mainstream media outlets, and took on new career challenges. Their stories give the reader a vivid sense of what it means to be a reporter and to cover big news events. But this book goes beyond media memoir.

The book also explores the factors that led talented people to re-assess the profession they loved, and raises profound questions about the economic structure of news organizations and the culture of newsrooms, and their impact on the practice of journalism. By demonstrating that there is life after journalism, and that the skills the profession teaches remain valuable in other careers, this book also offers hope and direction to both aspiring and current journalists contemplating the future.

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Danielle Brian
Wexler persuasively demonstrates why the crisis in journalism requires our attention. Through elegantly interlacing reporters' first-person stories with public-policy implications, she provides a primer for those who care about sustaining our democracy. (Danielle Brian, executive director, Project on Government Oversight)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786469895
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/12/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Celia Viggo Wexler, a former award-winning journalist, is a public interest lobbyist for the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, D.C. She serves on the membership committee of the National Press Club, and has been a freelance contributor to The Washington Post, The Nation, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

Introduction 5

1 Burned Out and Pissed Off 15

2 Leaving Mount Olympus 27

3 The Book of Simon 40

4 Bullets and Balance 57

5 Divine Intervention 70

6 Globetrotter 84

7 The Quiet "Race Man" 100

8 Collateral Damage 114

9 Lady Justice 129

10 From Times Man to Roadmonkey 138

11 The Path Not Taken 152

12 Thinking About Journalism 163

Chapter Notes 175

Bibliography 189

Index 191

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    If you want to know what it feels like to be a journalist, read

    If you want to know what it feels like to be a journalist, read this book. If you want to understand how journalism is changing, read this book. If you want impeccable reporting and writing...read this book. Wexler is clear-eyed, yet filled with compassion. And she raises profound questions about a profession that is fundamental to a free society.

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