30: The Collapse of the Great American Newspaper
30: The Collapse of the Great American Newspaper
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Annotation: Presents a collection of fifteen essays that reflect on the decline of print journalism in the United States.
Catalog Number: #3990729
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2007
Edition Date: 2007
Pages: vi, 245 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-566-63742-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-566-63742-8
Dewey: 071
LCCN: 2007008316
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
In case anyone's still wondering whether American newspapers as we know them are on the road to extinction, the answer, implicit in the title of this wistful and rather dolorous new collection of essays edited by recently retired Chicago Tribune newsman Madigan, is yes. The question remains why. Madigan and his contributors grapple gamely with the problem, but the root causes they identify are mostly the usual suspects: the flight of readers (especially the young) to television and the Internet, falling ad revenue and circulation, and the misplaced belief of the blogosphere that it can replace the mainstream media it spends so much time simultaneously ridiculing and stealing from. In a few cases, the culprits are more novel. In his elegantly curmudgeonly essay Trapped in Transition, for example, Joseph Epstein blames newspapers' fall on their being too philistine as chroniclers of the arts (a charge they clearly deserve), too liberal (a canard best left to talk radio), and too adversarial (huh?).
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Reading Level: 12.0
Interest Level: 9+

The era of the big-city newspaper as a dependable beacon for the American people is over. A few stalwarts, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, remain true to the mission that has defined them for more than a century, but even they are in jeopardy. And what's happened to the others? Charles Madigan's -30- is the story of the decline of an important institution, the big-city American newspaper, told in a collection of incisive pieces by practitioners of the art and craft of journalism. At heart it's an insider's story, but with serious and vast consequences in the world beyond the newsroom.


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