Beyond News: The Future of Journalism by Mitchell Stephens

Beyond News: The Future of Journalism

byMitchell Stephens

Hardcover | April 29, 2014

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For a century and a half, journalists made a good business out of selling the latest news or selling ads next to that news. Now that news pours out of the Internet and our mobile devices-fast, abundant, and mostly free-that era is ending. Our best journalists, Mitchell Stephens argues, instead must offer original, challenging perspectives-not just slightly more thorough accounts of widely reported events. His book proposes a new standard: "wisdom journalism," an amalgam of the more rarified forms of reporting-exclusive, enterprising, investigative-and informed, insightful, interpretive, explanatory, even opinionated takes on current events.

This book features an original, sometimes critical examination of contemporary journalism, both on- and offline, and it finds inspiration for a more ambitious and effective understanding of journalism in examples from twenty-first-century articles and blogs, as well as in a selection of outstanding twentieth-century journalism and Benjamin Franklin's eighteenth-century writings. Most attempts to deal with journalism's current crisis emphasize technology. Stephens emphasizes mindsets and the need to rethink what journalism has been and might become.

About The Author

Mitchell Stephens is a professor of journalism at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Institute. His books include A History of News, named a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year"; The Rise of the Image, the Fall of the Word; Broadcast News; and Writing and Reporting the News. He has written for the New York Times, the Washingt...
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Title:Beyond News: The Future of JournalismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.03 inPublished:April 29, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231159382

ISBN - 13:9780231159388

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Quality Journalism Reconsidered1. "Principles, Sentiments, and Affections": The Journalism Out of Which the United States Was Born2. "Yesterday's Doings in All Continents": The Business of Selling News3. "Circulators of Intelligence Merely": The Devaluation of News4. "Bye-Bye to the Old 'Who-What-When-Where'?": The Return of Interpretation5. "Much as One May Try to Disappear from the Work": The Argument Against Objectivity6. "The World's Immeasurable Babblement": What Does and Does Not Make Journalism Wise7. "Shimmering Intellectual Scoops": The Wisdom Journalist, the Journalism Organization, Their Audiences, and Our PoliticsNotesAcknowledgmentsIndex

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