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Restless Genius: Barney Kilgore, the Wall Street Journal, and the Invention of Modern Journalism

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The story of the man who transformedThe Wall Street Journaland modern media

In 1929, Barney Kilgore, fresh from college in small-town Indiana,took a sleepy, near bankrupt New York financial paper The Wall Street Journal and turned it into a thriving national newspaper that eventually was worth $5 billion to Rupert Murdoch. Kilgorethen invented a national weekly newspaper that was a precursor of many trends we see playing out in journalism now.

Tofel brings this story of a little-known pioneer to life using many previously uncollected newspaper writings by Kilgore and a treasure trove of letters between Kilgore and his father, all of which detail the invention of much of what we like best about modern newspapers. By focusing on the man, his journalism, his foresight, and his business acumen, Restless Genius also sheds new light on the Depression and the New Deal.

At a time when traditional newspapers are under increasing threat, Barney Kilgore's story offers lessons that need constant retelling.

Richard J. Tofel is general manager of ProPublica, a not-for-profit investigative reporting venture, and previously was an assistant managing editor and the assistant

Synopsis:

Traces the career of the journalism guru who transformed The Wall Street Journal into a multi-billion-dollar paper, in an account that also discusses his pioneering strategies, his achievements with The National Observer, and his influence on modern media. 20,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

The story of the man who transformed The Wall Street Journal and modern media In 1929, Barney Kilgore, fresh from college in small-town Indiana, took a sleepy, near bankrupt New York financial paper-The Wall Street Journal-and turned it into a thriving n

About the Author

RICHARD J. TOFEL is general manager of ProPublica, a not-for-profit investigative reporting venture, and previously was an assistant managing editor and the assistant publisher of The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of Sounding the Trumpet (2005), about JFK’s inaugural address; Vanishing Point (2004), about the disappearance of Judge Crater; and A Legend in the Making (2002), about the 1939 Yankees.

Table of Contents

Hoosier beginnings — A newspaper's origins — "Dear George" — Covering the great depression — "What's news" — Washington — Managing editor — Over the hump — The boom begins — "A classic in the history of newspapering" — National success — A newspaper with "flair" — Interrupted.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781429967112
Subtitle:
Barney Kilgore, the Wall Street Journal, and the Invention of Modern Journalism
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Author:
Tofel, Richard J.
Author:
Richard J. Tofel
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
BIO025000
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Media Studies - Print Media
Subject:
Journalists -- United States.
Subject:
Newspaper editors -- United States.
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Journalism - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090203
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
271

Related Subjects

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

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"Synopsis" by , The story of the man who transformed The Wall Street Journal and modern media In 1929, Barney Kilgore, fresh from college in small-town Indiana, took a sleepy, near bankrupt New York financial paper-The Wall Street Journal-and turned it into a thriving n
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