Hile working early on at the Post he was instrumental in bringing back investigative journalism and doing it in his early twenty s Reporting on subjects like a shoddy court system around Washington DC people getting swindled on home improvements and crooked mortgaging companies He gave a voice to the voiceless He did this with a belief that personal opinions had a place only on the editorial page Whether ou grew up during this time or Representation Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices Culture Media and Identities Series you want to look back on subjects from the past 40 or 50ears from the view point of prominent newspaper as the Washington Post on subjects as the Vietnam war Watergate Carter administration and the hostages in Iran Reagan presidency Margert Thatcher England and the IRA Weapons of mass destruction and the investigations of Clintons on various issues Five fags a day you will like this book I thought it was interesting how many time the person known as Deepthroat was almost revealed This book took a little bit of time to get through but it was a very informative read Thankou to Perseus Books and Netgalley for an ARC for a fair and honest review All About the Story is Leonard Downie Jr s memoir of his decades at
The Washington Post The Book Washington Post The book set in chronological order with the chapters being major stories since the 1960s He covers from his time in college getting his first real experience publishing a paper all the way through his consulting on the movie The Post This time hits major news stories like Watergate the Clinton Scanal September 11th the war in Ira and related stories Downie spends the book talking about what went into the decisions to publish or not publish something and where attention could have been placed In the lead up to the Clinton Scandal chapter Downie discusses the Post s reporting on Gary Hart in 1987 and how those decisions changed what is acceptable to report about a person s private life and what is not After that reporting there were other politicians who lost their positions due to infidelity stories allowing the idea that we can and should investigate someone for being unfaithful to their spouse and that this is something that we as the public get to have a say in While Downie does not say that this reporting was wrong he does address his lack of interest in putting the stories the Post wrote about the WMD evidence before the invasion of Ira on the front page a mistake He regrets putting them inside and I guess feels that if they had been on the front page they could have impacted the decision to allow the war The scary thing with these examples is that we are all human and make decisions but in the case of the executive editor of the newspaper like the Post the decision can have wide ranging and lasting impactsI very much enjoyed the first half of the book I think because I was not around for those events so reading about Watergate and Jonestown were interesting But from the Clinton s onward I found them less compelling because I lived through those stories and all of the media coverage The Post was even my local paper from 2002 through 2010 so I knew what their coverage of Ira wasAt this time when all forms of media are being attacked it was good to read a book about some of the great stories and accomplishments of journalism in the 20th century It reminds us of what investigative journalism and why it is important Thanks to Netgalley and PublicAffairs for giving me the chance to read Len Downie s upcoming memoir Typically I am not a fan of the memoir genre but I have a huge fascination for all things journalism and especially "the Washington Post so this caught my eye I must say I was not familiar with Len Downie I only knew "Washington Post so this caught my eye I must say I was not familiar with Len Downie I only knew other Washington Post editors from movies All the President s Men The Post Spotlight Downie s stories were fascinating and gave a great look at the decisions and stresses going on in the newsroom The book was also a fantastic recent history lesson covering from the 1968 MLK assassination through the Afghanistan and Ira wars I highly recommend this titl. Ts chronicle an erosion of independent relevant journalism In the process they make clear why incorruptible reporting is crucial to American society Rooted in interviews and first hand accounts the authors take us inside the politically charged world of one of America’s powerful institutions the med.
Felt Like I Was Along For The Entire Ride Absolutelylike I was along for the entire ride Absolutely and a different kind of read for me I hope he writes because I would read itThanks to Netgalley the author and publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewAvailable 92220 This book seems uaint now It was written during a time when the possibility of newspapers and traditional journalism might still have a viable long term future it has been or less overshadowed by web technology and the change that wrought in information sharing Still an interesting look at what made news gathering different than other sources of writing and entertainment but I m not sure it has a whole lot of prescriptive value any At a time when the role of journalism is especially critical the former executive editor of the Washington Post writes about his nearly 50 Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth years at the newspaper and the importance of getting at the truthBeginning with his internship to his pioneering investigative reporting and where the world of journalism is today was uite int I read this book at a time when I was also reading a lot of newspapers and also feeling like what is the point of reading this crap The book sets out a good timeline of the demimse of journalism in the United States paralleling it with the rise in corporate take over of our news companies I hope that this book would be read in the future as it is a good eye opener and clear acknowlegement of the affects of the for profit era that everyone mine and my parents age has been living through our entire lives I have recomended this book to a few folks and have already given away my own personal copy of it that was given to me by my favorite professor Leonard Downie Jr at 22ears of age in 1964 who also was a recent graduate of Ohio State lands an intern position at the Washington Post In the 44 Once is Never Enough years that he spent there he worked his way up from intern to executive editor a position that he held for 16 to 17ears During those 16 ears the paper under his direction was awarded 25 Pulitzer prizesW. Ashington Post and Robert G Kaiser associate editor and senior correspondent report on a growing crisis in American journalism From the corporatization that leads media moguls to slash content for profit to newsrooms that ignore global crises to report on personal entertainment these veteran journalis. .
Really enjoyed this history lesson on both newspapers and television news It s a bit dated AOL is described as an internet upstartbut that is to be expected on a book like this which is essentially a snapshot of the news industry in the early 2000s September 11 is mentioned freuently both for the coverage and for its potential as a turning point for the industry Alas I really appreciated the insights on the news industry for television a topic I m not familiar with It swell researched with many interviews from a variety of news professionals The "Authors Clearly Outline What "clearly outline what wrong and how from
A NEWS STANDPOINT THE INDUSTRY COULD GET BACK ONnews standpoint the industry could get back on The solution is only a partial one again this was written before the Internet became as ubiuitous as it is Essentially it calls for going back to journalistic standards of reporting what is news not necessarily what will generate the most clicks The pitfalls of the later are well outlined for example the perception that violent crime is rampant Despite it s dated nature I d recommend this to anyone in the industry or anyone curious about the news industry An American rapper Young Thug said We need money We need hits Hits bring money money bring power power bring fame fame change the game That s the way it was with The News About The News by Leonard Downie Jr and Robert G KaiserNewspapers rise and fall but the New York Times Washington Post and Wall Street Journal continue to prevail Mom and pop newspapers of the past that did so well have given way to chains like Gannett and Knight Ridder From the early 1960 s to the 2000 s there have been cutbacks in staff and coverage of major stories News has given way to entertainment commentary and fluff And the line of what s news has been blurredThe same is true of television Anchors Tom Brokaw of NBC Peter Jennings of ABC and Dan Rather of CBS are all not happy with the uality of news delivered to the public This downward trend has been noticed since the passing of broadcasting Golden Age when networks had bureaus in major capitals of the world But now even the local TV stations are struggling with formats that focus on headlines accidents crime weather traffic reports happy talk and entertainment pieces If it bleeds it leads The coming of mass media s New Technologies has further complicated matters Although these have resulted in a greater diversity of channels news coverage with ENG
COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITES CABLE NETWORKS AND INTERNET SERVICES THERE Ssatellites cable networks and Internet services there s exists uncertainty Large and traditional media audiences of newspapers magazines TV and radio have given way to less lucrative forms of news and information Existing today is a multiplicity of niche audiences that are greatly impacting traditional ways of advertising What this will mean to the existing traditional media systems is still debatable Many of these media have incorporated Internet Websites but are still to determine how these ventures could be profitableYet Downie Jr and Kaiser explained how the terrorists attacks of September 11 2001 pumped new life into print and electronic news coverage But it was speculated that this might not necessarily mean that the spiraling downward of journalism had stopped But it could well be that the mass media would begin to give attention to foreign news and not focused on predominately local events of crime accidents celebrities weather reports and natural disasters We were not motivated by personal or institutional bias We were pursuing the truth however imperfectly at times and holding the powerful accountable not propagating fake news What a foreign concept to the way news is reported today This was a really great book about specific eye witness experiences of historical events I was held captive by details and the lengths the journalists and editors at The Washington Post went through to tell the stories in order to get it right The hubris of the people involved at the highest levels in our government continue to be their downfal. Freedom of the press is a primary American value Good journalism builds communities arms citizens with important information and serves as a public watchdog for civic national and global issues But what happens when the news turns its back on its public role Leonard Downie Jr executive editor of The