Synopses & Reviews
We take our news for granted: that it will inform us about the significant people and cite the authoritative ones, reflect the world the way it is, and tell us why something happens as it does.
Now, six working journalists, press critics, and scholars at the leading edge of media criticism have been specially commissioned to make the familiar act of reading the news into a fresh and revealing event. Taking the famous "five W's and an H" (Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How), the authors turn these questions back on journalism for the first time to show us exactly what to make of the press.
Leon V. Sigal
Who? Sources Make the News
What? Grisly Truth about Bare Facts
When? Deadlines, Datelines, and History
Where? Cartography, Community, and the Cold War
James W. Carey
Why And How? The Dark Continent of American Journalism
Robert Karl Manoff
Writing the News (By Telling the "Story")
For everyone who reads the newspaper, for the journalist, and for the media critic alike, these essays offer fresh, provocative insights into a centerpiece of American culture, the news.