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Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism

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The host of NPR's Morning Edition chronicles the rise of radio and television news.

In this brisk and incisive account, Bob Edwards shows us how Edward R. Murrow helped establish broadcast journalism — and, in the process, reminds us how far most broadcast news has fallen from the reportorial standards set by Murrow and the people he hired at CBS. Sent to Europe in the late 1930s by CBS, Murrow pioneered the concept of radio reports by foreign correspondents, nightly roundups of European news, and, later, "you are there" reports from London during the blitz. After the war, Murrow launched See It Now, the first in-depth television news program — and helped make CBS the gold standard for television news. Edwards brings to life the great stories Murrow covered — the blitz, bombing raids over Berlin, the liberation of Buchenwald, red-baiting by Senator Joe McCarthy — as well as the ups and downs of his career at CBS. Complete with an afterword that analyzes the decline of broadcast news since the 1980s, this book will be required reading for anyone interested in twentieth-century history and the media.

Review:

"Edwards delineates a brief but striking portrait of a 'driven man,' a fearless fighter who set such a high standard for himself and others that he became a legend, leaving a lasting impact in newsrooms even after his death in 1965." Publishers Weekly

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"Edwards...brings perspective and knowledge to this memoir of radio and television legend Edward R. Murrow....Edwards brings to life the early days of radio and television and the innovations that Murrow sparked." Vanessa Bush, Booklist

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"It's amazing to me that Bob Edwards, who didn't know Murrow, knows him so well...I found in this book the Murrow I knew." Daniel Schorr, Senior News Analyst, NPR

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"Get it, read it, and pass it on. Every aspiring broadcast journalist should have it." Bill Moyers

Review:

"On the whole, this succinct and concise biography...offers an introduction to Murrow's fascinating career and to the history of broadcast journalism." Library Journal

Book News Annotation:

The career and innovative ideas of the American journalist Murrow, the founder of broadcast journalism as we know it today, is described in this small volume by Edwards, whose well-known voice is heard on NPR's Morning Edition.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A short popular history of how the creation of broadcast journalism — when Edward R. Murrow broadcast live from rooftops and streets of London under siege during the Battle of Britain — changed the way news was reported, how people in their homes saw war and other breaking events up close for the first time, and how the high standard of journalism Murrow created has evolved and how in the last generation has been betrayed.

Synopsis:

"Get it, read it, and pass it on."

Bill Moyers

"Most Americans living today never heard Ed Murrow in a live broadcast. This book is for them I want them to know that broadcast journalism was established by someone with the highest standards. Tabloid crime stories, so much a part of the lust for ratings by today's news broadcasters, held no interest for Murrow. He did like Hollywood celebrities, but interviewed them for his entertainment programs; they had no place on his news programs. My book is focused on this life in journalism. I offer it in the hope that more people in and out of the news business will get to know Ed Murrow. Perhaps in time the descent from Murrow's principles can be reversed."

Bob Edwards

About the Author

Bob Edwards (Arlington, VA) has been the host since 1979 of NPR's Morning Edition, the most popular program on public radio, with 13 million listeners each week. He and his program won the prestigious Peabody Award in 1999 for "two hours of daily in-depth news and entertainment expertly helmed by a man who embodies the essence of excellence in radio"; he also won the Edward R. Murrow Award in 1984. He is the author of Fridays with Red.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
1. Roots 11
2. Higher Ed 19
3. Anschluss 29
4. The Blitz 43
5. Over Berlin 61
6. Buchenwald 79
7. Transition 93
8. McCarthy 105
9. See It Not 125
10. USIA 145
Afterword 153
Bibliography 167
Index 169

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barbaroma40, June 15, 2008 (view all comments by barbaroma40)
Bob Edwards wrote a spectacular book - shows Edward Murrow at his best and striving to be the best (for himself and everyone else)!! After seeing an exhibit of Murrow in NYC - this book - shows how broadcasting was brought to life with dignity by Murrow. Ed was an inspiration for everyone - aspiring reporters / journalists and everyone interested in new.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780471477532
Author:
Edwards, Bob
Publisher:
Wiley (TP)
Location:
Hoboken, N.J.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Media Studies - Electronic Media
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Journalists -- United States.
Subject:
Murrow, Edward R
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Turning Points in History
Series Volume:
12
Publication Date:
April 2004
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.06 x 5.26 x 0.74 in

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"Review" by , "Edwards delineates a brief but striking portrait of a 'driven man,' a fearless fighter who set such a high standard for himself and others that he became a legend, leaving a lasting impact in newsrooms even after his death in 1965."
"Review" by , "Edwards...brings perspective and knowledge to this memoir of radio and television legend Edward R. Murrow....Edwards brings to life the early days of radio and television and the innovations that Murrow sparked."
"Review" by , "It's amazing to me that Bob Edwards, who didn't know Murrow, knows him so well...I found in this book the Murrow I knew."
"Review" by , "Get it, read it, and pass it on. Every aspiring broadcast journalist should have it."
"Review" by , "On the whole, this succinct and concise biography...offers an introduction to Murrow's fascinating career and to the history of broadcast journalism."
"Synopsis" by , A short popular history of how the creation of broadcast journalism — when Edward R. Murrow broadcast live from rooftops and streets of London under siege during the Battle of Britain — changed the way news was reported, how people in their homes saw war and other breaking events up close for the first time, and how the high standard of journalism Murrow created has evolved and how in the last generation has been betrayed.
"Synopsis" by , "Get it, read it, and pass it on."

Bill Moyers

"Most Americans living today never heard Ed Murrow in a live broadcast. This book is for them I want them to know that broadcast journalism was established by someone with the highest standards. Tabloid crime stories, so much a part of the lust for ratings by today's news broadcasters, held no interest for Murrow. He did like Hollywood celebrities, but interviewed them for his entertainment programs; they had no place on his news programs. My book is focused on this life in journalism. I offer it in the hope that more people in and out of the news business will get to know Ed Murrow. Perhaps in time the descent from Murrow's principles can be reversed."

Bob Edwards

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