Blur How to Know What's True in the Age of Information Overload

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 8/30/2011
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

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Amid the hand-wringing over the death of "true journalism" in the Internet Age-the din of bloggers, the echo chamber of Twitter, the predominance of Wikipedia-veteran journalists and media critics Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel have written a pragmatic guide to navigating the twenty-first century media terrain. Yes, old authorities are being dismantled, new ones created, and the very nature of knowledge has changed. But seeking the truth remains the purpose of journalism. How do we discern what is reliable? Blurprovides a road map, or more specifically, reveals the craft that has been used in newsrooms by the very best journalists for getting at the truth. In an age when the line between citizen and journalist is becoming increasingly unclear, Bluris a crucial guide for those who want to know what's true.

Author Biography

Bill Kovach has served as New York Times Washington bureau chief, editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and director of the Nieman Fellowships. He is founding chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists. Tom Rosenstiel, a journalist for more than thirty years, is a former press critic for the Los Angeles Times, founder of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, and cofounder of the Committee of Concerned Journalists. His books include Strange Bedfellows and We Interrupt This Newscast.

Table of Contents

How to Know What to Believe Anymorep. 1
We Have Been Here Beforep. 12
The Way of Skeptical Knowing: The Tradecraft of Verificationp. 26
Completeness: What Is Here and What Is Missing?p. 57
Sources: Where Did This Come From?p. 74
Evidence and the Journalism of Verificationp. 94
Assertion, Affirmation: Where's the Evidence?p. 121
How to Find What Really Mattersp. 170
What We Need from the "Next Journalism"p. 170
Epilogue: The New Way of Knowingp. 198
Afterwordp. 205
Appendixp. 211
Acknowledgmentsp. 215
Notesp. 217
Indexp. 225
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