Beyond News: The Future of Journalism

Hardcover | April 29, 2014

byMitchell Stephens

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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.

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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 perspect...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:April 29, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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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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