The Business of Journalism:
10 Leading Reporters and Editors on the Perils and Pitfalls of the Press
- Paperback: 203 pages
- Publisher: The New Press (June 1, 2000)
From Library Journal
In the age of O.J. and Monica, when certain celebrities get constant coverage and giant entertainment conglomerates covet news outlets, the journalist’s mission to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comforted no longer applies. So says Serrin (journalism, New York Univ.), a former New York Times labor reporter, in his introduction to this book. Here, ten print journalists, all distinguished insiders, frankly discuss their dissatisfaction with the news. They consider the mainstream press’s debased standards, its willingness to delve into private lives, the coziness between subject and reporter, conflicts of interest, and censorship. Today, freedom of the press, meant to protect democracy, protects business instead, and journalists, rather than challenging power, identify with it. What should we expect in a brand-named, theme-parked country? asks media critic John Leonard. Serrin writes that it took courage for the contributors to write these pieces; a number of other reporters and critics declined to participate. For all libraries.
-Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, IL
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