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: 2011-05-03
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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
˘Out of Print: The Death and Life of the American Newspaper÷p. 3
˘Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Era of Corruption): Why American Politics and Society Are About to Be Changed for the Worse÷p. 18
˘Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable÷p. 38
˘Build the Wall÷p. 45
˘The Reconstruction of American Journalism÷p. 55
˘A Surfeit of Crises: Circulation, Revenue, Attention, Authority, and Deference÷p. 91
˘Down the News Hole÷p. 103
˘Bright Frenetic Mills÷p. 113
˘The Money and Media Election Complex÷p. 119
˘Testimony 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 Internet÷p. 128
The American Traditionsp. 131
˘The Washington-Madison Solution÷p. 133
˘U.S. International Broadcasting: An Untapped Resource for Domestic and Ethnic News Organizations÷p. 138
˘That Was Now and This Is Then: Walter Lippmann and the Crisis of Journalism÷p. 151
˘Simply a Piece of Stupid Despotism: How Socialists Saved the First Amendment÷p. 162
˘Revisiting the Road Not Taken: A Social Democratic Vision of the Press÷p. 174
˘News for All: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media÷p. 185
˘The Wall Street-Based Absentee Ownership Model of Our News Is Broken÷p. 194
˘A Better Future for Journalism Requires a Clear-Eyed View of Its Present÷p. 202
˘The Disease of Objectivity÷p. 209
˘When Losers Write History÷p. 214
The Way Forwardp. 223
˘Giving the Networked Public Sphere Time to Develop÷p. 225
˘How Journalists Must Operate in a New Networked Media Environment÷p. 238
˘The Future of Journalism Diversity÷p. 249
˘The Rise of the Right: Conservatives Are Wading into Investigative Reporting. Can Their Journalism Survive Their Politics?÷p. 257
˘Professional Journalists, Hands Off! Citizen Journalism as Civic Responsibility÷p. 264
˘What's the Incentive to Save Journalism?÷p. 277
˘What About the News? An Interest in the Public÷p. 289
˘One Click Away: The Case for the Internet News Voucher÷p. 299
˘The Daily Show and The Colbert Report in a Changing Information Environment: Should 'Fake News' Be Held to Real Standards?÷p. 306
˘Public Funding and Journalistic Independence: What Does Research Tell Us?÷p. 314
˘The Future of Journalism: Addressing Pervasive Market Failure with Public Policy÷p. 320
˘Public Media to the Rescue?÷p. 340
Notes and Referencesp. 351
About the Contributorsp. 367
Permissionsp. 372
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