Greatly Exaggerated: The Myth Of The Death Of Newspapers by Marc EdgeGreatly Exaggerated: The Myth Of The Death Of Newspapers by Marc Edge

Greatly Exaggerated: The Myth Of The Death Of Newspapers

byMarc Edge

Paperback | November 27, 2014

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Pundits have long foretold the imminent death of print newspapers. These claims intensified with the rise of the internet and the recent financial crisis, but they've accompanied every media technological development of the past 100+ years: telegrams, radio, and television were all heralded as the final nail in the coffin, yet newspapers adapted and even thrived. And they're not going anywhere.

In Greatly Exaggerated: The Myth of the Death of Newspapers, Marc Edge dives deep into the history and finances of North American newspapers and media conglomerates, and comes up with a surprising conclusion: the newspaper business is far more healthy and profitable than believed. It's been roiled by greedy Wall Street investors, the doctrine of media "convergence," and of course the internet, but has proved remarkably resilient in the face of it all. Greatly Exaggerated is a thoroughly informative and entertaining look at one of our most important institutions, essential reading for journalists and newspaper readers in Canada and the US.

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Marc Edge has been a reporter and editor for the Vancouver Province and the Calgary Herald, and a professor of journalism in Canada, the US, Fiji, and Singapore. His previous books include Pacific Press; Red Line, Blue Line, Bottom Line; and Asper Nation. He lives in Richmond, BC on his sailboat, Markenurh. Visit his blog, Greatly Exag...
Title:Greatly Exaggerated: The Myth Of The Death Of NewspapersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:November 27, 2014Publisher:NEW STAR BOOKSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554201020

ISBN - 13:9781554201020


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sadly, a waste of time and money The book is poorly written and poorly edited. Edge's position is that only the bottom line matters and that journalism is irrelevant. He contends that because the newspapers that remain in business are profitable, the industry is in good shape. Lack of competition, from the standpoint of differing viewpoints and more intensive coverage of news items, is meaningless in Edge's view because it means the remaining outlets are financially stronger. Staffing declines are, likewise, of little matter because those forgone costs, in the longer term, make the paper more financially viable. Costly investigative journalism is a waste of resources. Edge supports his theory with ample references to, and comments from, other parties but includes little of his own thinking. Having read both this and Stackhouse's "Mass Disruption", while Stackhouse may be a little heavy on the hand wringing, his is a much more accurate and compelling account of the state of journalism.
Date published: 2016-02-02