Warp Speed: America in the Age of Mixed Media

Warp Speed: America in the Age of Mixed Media

by Bill Kovach, Tom Rosenstiel, David Halberstam
     
 

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Did the coverage of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal set a new low for American journalism? How has news gathering and reporting changed, and what effects has this had on the political and cultural landscape? In this insightful and thoughtful book, Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, two of America's leading press watchers, explore the new culture of news--what they call

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Did the coverage of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal set a new low for American journalism? How has news gathering and reporting changed, and what effects has this had on the political and cultural landscape? In this insightful and thoughtful book, Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, two of America's leading press watchers, explore the new culture of news--what they call the new Mixed Media Culture--and show how it works.

Warp Speed describes a world of news in which the speed of delivery is reducing the time for verification, sources are gaining more leverage over the news, and argument is overwhelming reporting. The press, forced to adhere to the demands of the bottom line and keep its audience, is straining more and more to find the Big Story to package as a form of entertainment, turning news stories into TV dramas; and turning history into a kind of Truman Show. As a result, the role of the press in a self-governing society is undermined.

Grounded in extensive research, Warp Speed is informed by interviews and testimony from the principal journalists who covered this story and who covered the other great scandals of Washington politics. It offers detailed recommendations on how journalists can right their ship, such as using anonymous sources more responsibly and turning good journalism into good business.

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Editorial Reviews

James B. Stewart
...[A] book far more focused and provocative than its lofty subtitle might suggest....[A]cold-eyed and unsparing....Kovach and Rosenstiel have written a fascinating deconstruction of specific stories and rendered a public service to journalism. Their solution for the plight they describe is for news organizations to set standards, communicate them to reporters and the editorial staff and then reach a covenant with consumers that those standards will be maintained.
The New York Times Book Review
Booknews
Two well known media critics argue that the classic function of journalism to sort out a true and reliable account of the day's events is being undermined as the press moves more toward sensationalism, entertainment, and opinion. They say journalism is disoriented by rapid technological change, market fragmentation, and growing pressure to operate with greater efficiency. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870784361
Publisher:
The Century Foundation
Publication date:
05/01/1999
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.33(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.95(d)

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