The Future of News: Television, Newspapers, Wire Services, Newsmagazines / Edition 1

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Will shrinking budgets and growing competition force network television news to compromise program quality? Can big-city newspapers improve circulation in the audiences advertisers want to reach? Will the wire services diversify into other areas of communications technology? What changes lie ahead for nation newsmagazines? In The Future of News, top media experts offer a probing analysis of the news business today and its place in American culture tomorrow.

Charting the past decade's media trends, the authors show how an increasing segment of the population is rejecting broadly targeted media "packages" in favor of more focused, specialized information. Television network news producers, for example, face a growing viewer preference for cable news services, attention-grabbing local news programs, and lurid "infotainment" shows often broadcast by the networks own affiliates. At the same time, urban newspapers and national newsmagazines are losing readers—and revenues—despite increased news and feature coverage and frequent graphic "makeovers." And with the advent of new, competing technologies, the nation's wire services also face an uncertain future. Analyzing these and other trends, The Future of News offers a thoughtful and provocative preview of the media's role in the coming century.

Woodrow Wilson Center Press

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Editorial Reviews

Originating with commissioned papers presented at a conference held by the Media Studies Project of the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC, May 1989, addresses both narrow and broad concerns regarding the present character and future prospects of the news business. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780943875347
  • Publisher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1992
  • Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip S. Cook is the former director, Lawrence W. Litchy the current director, and Douglas Gomery the senior researcher of the Media Studies Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

Woodrow Wilson Center Press

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Table of Contents

I Television
1 More Is Less 3
Commentary 34
Commentary 37
2 Blurring Distinctions: Network and Local News 45
3 Super Tuesday and the Future of Local News 53
4 Learning from Television News 69
5 Talk-Show Journalism 73
II Newspapers
6 The State of the Industry 85
Commentary 104
7 Unbundling the Daily Newspaper 111
8 News Workers and Newsmakers 121
9 From the Heartland 127
10 The Daily Newsweekly 137
III Wire Services
11 The Associated Press and United Press International 145
Commentary 167
Commentary 171
12 The Supplemental News Services 177
IV Newsmagazines
13 Remaking Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report 191
Commentary 206
Commentary 209
14 Foreign News: How Newsweek Has Changed 213
V Performance
15 How News Media Cover Disasters: The Case of Yellowstone 223
Epilogue 241
Background Books 246
About the Authors 255
Index 261
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