Struggle to Revitalize American Newspapers

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This study examines the changes, conflicts and contradictions that have occurred in print newsrooms over the past quarter century. It examines how some newspeople have questioned the way print journalism is practiced and how news is defined. Specifically, it is a sociological/anthropological account of the growth of ‘cultures of writing,’ ideological schemas and survival strategies to cope with change within news media. It is also an intimate account of how the professional and sometimes private lives of newspeople may affect social change in the newsroom. The book places storytelling in social and historical contexts and then adds the context of the experiences of newspeople in three extended and two shorter newsroom case studies.

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
1. Spiritual Ancesters (from Sumer to England)
2. 2. Corporatization and the Great Fear
3. The Power of Words
4. The Culture of News
5. Way of Seeing – The Philadelphia Inquirer
6. Rewriting the News – Inquirer Analysis
7. Toward a Civic Press – Record-Journal of Meriden, CT
8. Measuring Civic Life – Meriden Analysis
9. Death and Resurrection – The Providence Journal
10. Duelling Domains – Providence Analysis
11. The Last Ghost Dance
Bibliography; Index

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