Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution

Category: Book
By (author): Stackhouse, John
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Editors, Journalists, Publishers
  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Media & Communications
  NON-FICTION / Canadian
Publisher: Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Published: October 2015
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 9.31in x 6.29in x 1.12in
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John Stackhouse has been a writer of non-fiction, a journalist and the editor of The Globe and Mail and so he is rich in the experience of the stress of getting the story. After his years as a journalist covering many international conflicts he donned the crown of editor of The Globe and Mail just at the time when newspapers were entering the crisis of the digital age. His net is thrown wide as he investigates the Huffington Posts, Voxes, Googles of the age. Read as he makes an educated guess about the future.

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From The Publisher*Drawing on his thirty years in newspapers, the former editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail examines the crisis of serious journalism in the digital era, and searches for ways the invaluable tradition can thrive in a radically changed future.
     John Stackhouse entered the newspaper business in a golden age: 1980s circulations were huge and wealthy companies lined up for the privilege of advertising in every city's best-read pages. Television and radio could never rival newspapers for hard news, analysis and opinion, and the papers' brand of serious journalism was considered a crucial part of life in a democratic country. Then came the Internet...
     After decades as a Globe journalist, foreign bureau chief and then editor of its Report on Business (not to mention former Scarborough delivery boy), he assumed one of the biggest jobs in Canadian journalism: The Globe and Mail's editor-in-chief. Beginning in 2009, he faced the unthinkable: the possible end of not just Canada's "national" newspaper, but the steep and steady financial decline of newspapers everywhere. A non-stop torrent of free digital content stole advertisers and devalued advertising space so quickly that newspapers struggled to finance the serious journalism that distinguished them in a world of Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Yahoo and innumerable bloggers and citizen journalists. Meanwhile, ambitious online media aspired to the credibility of newspapers. The solution was clear, if the path to arriving at it was less so: the new school needed to meet the old school, and the future lay in undiscovered ground between them.
     Having led the Globe during this period of sudden and radical change, Stackhouse continues to champion the vital role of great reporting and analysis. Filled with stories from his three decades in the business, Mass Disruption tracks decisions good and bad, examines how some of the world's major newspapers--the Guardian, New York Times--are learning to cope, and lays out strategies for the future, of both newspapers and serious journalism, wherever it may live.
Biographical NoteJOHN STACKHOUSE is a nationally bestselling author and longtime foreign correspondent for The Globe and Mail and editor of Report on Business. In 2009 he became the national newspaper's editor-in-chief, a position he held for five years. He is a senior fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute and University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, and the author of the books Out of Poverty: And Into Something More Comfortable and Timbit Nation: A Hitchhiker's View of Canada. In 2015, he joined Royal Bank of Canada as senior vice-president in the office of the CEO.