The Vanishing Newspaper

The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age

PN 4867.2 .M48 2004

“Resplendent with vivid examples and analogies that illustrate its concepts and conclusions, this book poses practical suggestions for reviving US journalism. Meyer (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) does not offer a pathway leading back to what he calls the “golden age” of newspapers–i.e., early- to mid-20th century, when monopoly ownership brought huge profit margins and near-universal readership. Instead, he builds on and interprets sociological and statistical studies that shaped the industry over the last half of the 20th century and adds details of his own current research to put forth a new model based on modest profits, quality products, and excellent service. …

Addressing such factors as readability levels, editorial vigor, staffing ratios, reportorial accuracy, and business patterns, he formulates standards that traditional journalists can apply as they adapt to changing technologies and evolving consumer demands.” –L. Loomis, SUNY Oswego, Choice Reviews

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