Minecraft Adventures B2G1 Free

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Interviews | Today, 11:23am

    Shawn Donley: IMG Bill Clegg: The Powells.com Interview

    Bill CleggIn January of this year, eight months before its release date, the buzz was already starting to build for Bill Clegg's Did You Ever Have a Family.... Continue »
    1. $18.20 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      Did You Ever Have a Family

      Bill Clegg 9781476798172

Qualifying orders ship free.
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
5 Remote Warehouse Sociology- Media

More copies of this ISBN

Losing the News: The Uncertain Future of the News That Feeds Democracy (Institutions of American Democracy)


Losing the News: The Uncertain Future of the News That Feeds Democracy (Institutions of American Democracy) Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In Losing the News, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex S. Jones offers a probing look at the epochal changes sweeping the media, changes which are eroding the core news that has been the essential food supply of our democracy.

At a time of dazzling technological innovation, Jones says that what stands to be lost is the fact-based reporting that serves as a watchdog over government, holds the powerful accountable, and gives citizens what they need. In a tumultuous new media era, with cutthroat competition and panic over profits, the commitment of the traditional news media to serious news is fading. Indeed, as digital technology shatters the old economic model, the news media is making a painful passage that is taking a toll on journalistic values and standards. Journalistic objectivity and ethics are under assault, as is the bastion of the First Amendment. Jones characterizes himself not as a pessimist about news, but a realist. The breathtaking possibilities that the web offers are undeniable, but at what cost? Pundits and talk show hosts have persuaded Americans that the crisis in news is bias and partisanship. Not so, says Jones. The real crisis is the erosion of the iron core of news, something that hurts Republicans and Democrats alike.

Losing the News depicts an unsettling situation in which the American birthright of fact-based, reported news is in danger. But it is also a call to arms to fight to keep the core of news intact.

Praise for the hardcover:


--New York Times Book Review

"An impassioned call to action to preserve the best of traditional newspaper journalism."

--The San Francisco Chronicle

"Must reading for all Americans who care about our country's present and future. Analysis, commentary, scholarship and excellent writing, with a strong, easy-to-follow narrative about why you should care, makes this a candidate for one of the best books of the year."

--Dan Rather

About the Author

Alex S. Jones is one of the nation's most frequently cited authorities on media issues. He covered the press for The New York Times from 1983 to 1992 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1987. For the past eight years he has been Director of Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy and is the Laurence M. Lombard Lecturer in the Press and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is co-author with Susan E. Tifft of The Patriarch: The Rise and Fall of the Bingham Dynasty and The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind The New York Times , which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. He has been host of National Public Radio's On The Media, and host and executive editor of PBS's Media Matters .

Table of Contents

Preface: Updated Preface for Paperback Edition

Prologue: The Crisis

Chapter 1: The Iron Core

Chapter 2: Media and Democracy

Chapter 3: Objectivity's Last Stand

Chapter 4: Media Ethics- The Painful Balance

Chapter 5: My Family's Story

Chapter 6: The Curious History of the News Business

Chapter 7: The Fragile First Amendment

Chapter 8: The Newspaper Question

Chapter 9: The New News Media

Chapter 10: Preserving The Core

Product Details

Jones, Alex S.
Oxford University Press, USA
Jones, Alex
null, Alex
Media & the Law
Communication | Journalism
Institutions of American Democracy
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
5.5 x 8.1 x 0.7 in 0.6 lb

Other books you might like

  1. An Exact Replica of a Figment of My... Used Hardcover $6.50
  2. The Woman Behind the New Deal: The...
    Used Hardcover $12.50
  3. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five... Used Hardcover $8.95
  4. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic...
    Used Compact Disc $13.95
  5. The Prince of the Marshes: And Other... Used Trade Paper $3.95

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Journalism » General
History and Social Science » Journalism » Reference
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Media

Losing the News: The Uncertain Future of the News That Feeds Democracy (Institutions of American Democracy) New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$16.95 In Stock
Product details 256 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780199754144 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.