Killing Journalism: How Greed, Laziness (and Donald Trump) Are Destroying News, and How We Can Save It
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PRAISE FOR KILLING JOURNALISM
"KILLING JOURNALISM is a veteran journalist/critic's forceful take on the crisis mode that currently swamps and shadows the work of American journalism. Joe Strupp offers some ways out along with his warts-and-faults critique. The valuable end result is a book for anyone who cares about the past, present and future of a free press in our democratic society."
Jim Lehrer, former host, PBS NewsHour
"Joe Strupp has written a vital book. His lens is wide, spanning the many business challenges, ethical minefields, and disruptions that assail the Fourth Estate. His reporting is careful and judicious. And his writing is as clear as a church bell. Yes, Strupp's book should be taught in journalism schools. But it deserves a broader audience. It should be read by citizens alarmed both by false claims of "fake news," and by how the press too often heedlessly grants ammunition to its critics."
Ken Auletta, Media Critic, The New Yorker
"Joe Strupp provides a much-needed voice of sanity as he surveys today's media landscape, and all that's gone wrong. His knowledge and experience might even help us fix it -- or at least understand the scope of the problem."
Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post media columnist
"Joe Strupp is a professional media journalist with an observing eye, a passion for reporting, and the knowledge and connections to make a positive difference. We worked together when Joe was a media reporter for Editor & Publisher, and my experience with Joe remains a personal highlight."
Marc Berman, Editor in Chief, Programming Insider
"If you wonder, as I often do, why news media diversity in the age of Donald Trump morphed into a contest of competing realities, Killing Journalism will help you to make sense of the nonsense. Award-winning media watchdog Joe Strupp has pulled years of research into a chilling explanation of what went wrong and, more important, useful suggestions for how we news workers and news consumers can make things right."
Clarence Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Chicago Tribune
"Donald Trump has been a media ringmaster since his early days as a New York businessman. In 'Killing Journalism, ' Joe Strupp offers a keen eye and sharp perspective on the cascade of changes in America's media landscape since Trump first made his mark with the New York tabloids. From legacy newspapers to upstate social media sites, he offers a compelling narrative on the state of journalism today, with lessons for all of us in the media moving ahead."
Steve Scully, C-SPAN political editor
"An important new book about the precarious state of journalism in the modern era of audience-targeted corporate media."
Michael Harrison, Talkers magazine editor
"Joe Strupp has been giving us tough and penetrating coverage of the news media since the '90s, and he has now shaken off the constraints of quick-turn analysis to produce a sweeping and sobering look at these decades of decline, along with a thoughtful look at the civic harm that decline continues to cause. If you want a thoroughly reported, one-stop chronicle of why we don't have the news media we need, this is it."
Edward Wasserman, Dean of University of California Graduate School of Journalism