Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now

Category: Book
By (author): Rusbridger, Alan
Subject:  COMPUTERS / Digital Media / General
  LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Journalism
  NON-FICTION / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published: November 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 1.50in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

An urgent account of the revolution that has upended the news business, written by one of the most accomplished journalists of our time

Technology has radically altered the news landscape. Once-powerful newspapers have lost their clout or been purchased by owners with particular agendas. Algorithms select which stories we see. The Internet allows consequential revelations, closely guarded secrets, and dangerous misinformation to spread at the speed of a click.

In Breaking News, Alan Rusbridger demonstrates how these decisive shifts have occurred, and what they mean for the future of democracy. In the twenty years he spent editing The Guardian, Rusbridger managed the transformation of the progressive British daily into the most visited serious English-language newspaper site in the world. He oversaw an extraordinary run of world-shaking scoops, including the exposure of phone hacking by London tabloids, the Wikileaks release of U.S.diplomatic cables, and later the revelation of Edward Snowden's National Security Agency files. At the same time, Rusbridger helped The Guardian become a pioneer in Internet journalism, stressing free access and robust interactions with readers. Here, Rusbridger vividly observes the media's transformation from close range while also offering a vital assessment of the risks and rewards of practicing journalism in a high-impact, high-stress time.

Review Quote*

"The brilliant Breaking News is essential- and entertaining- reading for anyone who cares a whit about the hallmark of a democratic state being more than a lavatory wall." -Harold Evans, The Guardian

"Rusbridger . . . shows us continually in his lucid and sometimes-alarming text that technological and cultural changes have occurred so rapidly that newspapers barely had time to inhale before their centuries-old institutions began to crumble, then to reassemble into something quite unrecognizable only a generation ago. . . . He highlights the questions that the traditional media were asking themselves: Should we charge readers for online access? How much? And how? (Rusbridger tells us of plans that worked and others that failed.) Should we maintain a print presence? What should be the focus and display of our online offerings? . . . Evident throughout is the author's patent pride in the Guardian and his disdain for writers, publications, and consumers that eschew fact in favor of bias and hype . . . In equal measure: informative, alarming, discerning, hopeful, proud, and humble." -Kirkus Reviews

Biographical NoteAlan Rusbridger was editor in chief of Guardian News and Media from 1995 to 2015. He is the author of Play It Again: An Amateur Against the Impossible and is currently chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.