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News Values: Ideas for an Information Age
     

News Values: Ideas for an Information Age

by Jack Fuller
 

News Values is a concise, powerful statement of the fundamental issues, ethical and practical, confronting newspapers today. Jack Fuller not only makes those issues clear, but offers a provocative new perspective on questions journalists should be asking themselves now in order to prepare for tomorrow.

"Every talk show host should read this book. So should

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News Values is a concise, powerful statement of the fundamental issues, ethical and practical, confronting newspapers today. Jack Fuller not only makes those issues clear, but offers a provocative new perspective on questions journalists should be asking themselves now in order to prepare for tomorrow.

"Every talk show host should read this book. So should every newsroom cynic. . . . 'Pursuit of truth is not a license to be a jerk.' In all too many newsrooms, that statement would resound like a three-bell bulletin."—Martin F. Nolan, New York Times Book Review

"[News Values] ought to be required reading not just for those who work for newspapers, but for all those who read and care about them. . . . [This book] seems destined to become one of those slim but important volumes people read for a long time to come."—Richard J. Tofel, Wall Street Journal

"Fuller stays above the fray [of the many books on the media]: His is a deeply intellectual approach, one that provides serious context to the highly complicated issue of how the news 'works.'"—Duncan McDonald, Chicago Tribune Books

"News Values has the touch and feel of knowledgeable, authentic caring about the kind of journalism than can help make society more cohesive, even human." —"Monitor's Pick," Christian Science Monitor

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fuller, publisher of the Chicago Tribune and a Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial writing, offers a stimulating and often hard-nosed look at the issues newspapers face today. His first concern is truth: he thinks newspapers should be far more forthcoming about corrections (though he doesn't mention the institution of the ombudsman); he thinks reporters should resist spin doctors and, in investigations, avoid deceptive practices such as impersonating others. A newspaper, he notes, should both reflect and challenge its community. He favors a tough-minded staff diversity that contributes to the "personality of an institution," but he avers that a paper should be led by a strong-willed editor. An author of five novels, Fuller is skeptical of New Journalistic excesses yet believes that the practicing of fiction can provide journalists with a valuable "tragic sense." Journalistic training, he suggests, should be revamped to provide intellectual grounding over practical skills. While Fuller thinks newspapers should be more involved in public issues, he touches only briefly on the new vogue of "public journalism." He also muses on the future design of an "electronic newspaper." (Apr.)
Thomas Gaughan
Fuller, publisher of the "Chicago Tribune", lawyer, novelist, and Pulitzer Prizewinning editorial writer, offers a very thoughtful book about "the underlying public values a newspaper serves and the implications of those values for journalists' behavior." With bitter labor disputes at big-city dailies, burgeoning competition from TV and the Internet, and public disgust at "the media," his timing is exquisite. Journalists and those disgusted with the media will agree that he starts at just the right place: the nature of the claim to truth that newspapers implicitly make. He follows with a consideration of the rhetoric newspapers employ and concludes with a discussion of the future of newspapers. The rhetoric Fuller employs is uneven. Much of his discussion of journalistic truth is heavily laden with references to Hegel, Wittgenstein, and Plato and reads like a lecture by a philosophy professor. At other times, he uses his experiences as a reporter to make a point, and convoluted sentences are replaced by direct ones. "News Values" isn't a beach book, but it will appeal to those deeply interested in journalism and newspapering.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226268798
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Edition description:
1
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Jack Fuller was editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune and a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his journalism. He served as special assistant to Edward H. Levi in the Department of Justice.

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