Will the Last Reporter Please Turn Out the Lights : The Collapse of Journalism and What Can Be Done to Fix It

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  • Copyright: 5/3/2011
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The sudden meltdown of the news media has sparked one of the liveliest debates in recent memory, with an outpouring of opinion and analysis crackling across journals, the blogosphere and academic publications. Yet, until now, a comprehensive and accessible introduction to this new terrain has been noticeably missing. Celebrated media analysts Robert W. McChesney and Victor Pickard have assembled twelve seminal pieces on the crisis in journalism, revised and updated for this volume. Influential commentators provide a comprehensive portrait.

Author Biography

Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of several books on the media, including the award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy, and a co-editor (with Ben Scott) of Our Unfree Press: 100 Years of Radical Media Criticism (both available from The New Press). He lives in Urbana, Illinois.

Victor Pickard is an assistant professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and has worked on media policy as a Research Fellow at the public policy think tank the New America Foundation, and as a Senior Research Fellow at the media reform organization Free Press. His work has been published in a number of leading scholarly journals. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
The Crisis Unfoldsp. 1
ôOut of Print: The Death and Life of the American Newspaperöp. 3
ôGoodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Era of Corruption): Why American Politics and Society Are About to Be Changed for the Worseöp. 18
ôNewspapers and Thinking the Unthinkableöp. 38
ôBuild the Wallöp. 45
ôThe Reconstruction of American Journalismöp. 55
ôA Surfeit of Crises: Circulation, Revenue, Attention, Authority, and Deferenceöp. 91
ôDown the News Holeöp. 103
ôBright Frenetic Millsöp. 113
ôThe Money and Media Election Complexöp. 119
ôTestimony Before the Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, Congress of the United States, A New Age for Newspapers, Diversity of Voices, Competition, and the Internetöp. 128
The American Traditionsp. 131
ôThe Washington-Madison Solutionöp. 133
ôU.S. International Broadcasting: An Untapped Resource for Domestic and Ethnic News Organizationsöp. 138
ôThat Was Now and This Is Then: Walter Lippmann and the Crisis of Journalismöp. 151
ôSimply a Piece of Stupid Despotism: How Socialists Saved the First Amendmentöp. 162
ôRevisiting the Road Not Taken: A Social Democratic Vision of the Pressöp. 174
ôNews for All: The Epic Story of Race and the American Mediaöp. 185
ôThe Wall Street-Based Absentee Ownership Model of Our News Is Brokenöp. 194
ôA Better Future for Journalism Requires a Clear-Eyed View of Its Presentöp. 202
ôThe Disease of Objectivityöp. 209
ôWhen Losers Write Historyöp. 214
The Way Forwardp. 223
ôGiving the Networked Public Sphere Time to Developöp. 225
ôHow Journalists Must Operate in a New Networked Media Environmentöp. 238
ôThe Future of Journalism Diversityöp. 249
ôThe Rise of the Right: Conservatives Are Wading into Investigative Reporting. Can Their Journalism Survive Their Politics?öp. 257
ôProfessional Journalists, Hands Off! Citizen Journalism as Civic Responsibilityöp. 264
ôWhat's the Incentive to Save Journalism?öp. 277
ôWhat About the News? An Interest in the Publicöp. 289
ôOne Click Away: The Case for the Internet News Voucheröp. 299
ôThe Daily Show and The Colbert Report in a Changing Information Environment: Should 'Fake News' Be Held to Real Standards?öp. 306
ôPublic Funding and Journalistic Independence: What Does Research Tell Us?öp. 314
ôThe Future of Journalism: Addressing Pervasive Market Failure with Public Policyöp. 320
ôPublic Media to the Rescue?öp. 340
Notes and Referencesp. 351
About the Contributorsp. 367
Permissionsp. 372
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