Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now (Hardback)Alan Rusbridger (author)
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In an essential book for our times, perhaps the final great broadsheet editor considers the absolute necessity of strong and independent journalism. Gripping, well-researched and imperative.
How do we know any more what is true and what isn't? We are living through the greatest communication revolution since Gutenberg in which falsehood regularly seems to overwhelm truth.
In Breaking News Alan Rusbridger offers an urgent and agenda-setting examination of the past, present and future of the press, and the forces menacing its freedom. The news media have been disrupted by huge and fast-moving changes. The growth of social media and with it the ability of billions of people to publish has created a vast amount of unreliable and false news which now competes with, and sometimes drowns, more established forms of journalism.
The President of the United States regularly lies to the public and brands his critics 'fake'. Politicians openly rubbish the views of 'so-called experts'. Where can we look for reliable, verifiable sources of news and information? What does all this mean for democracy? And what will the future hold?
Reflecting on his twenty years as editor of the Guardian; and his experience of breaking some of the most significant news stories of our time, including the Edward Snowden revelations, phone-hacking, WikiLeaks and the Keep it in the Ground campaign, Rusbridger answers these questions and offers a stirring defence of why quality journalism matters now more than ever.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 746 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 40 mm
'We love a good newspaper yarn, and Rusbridger provides a dandy' - The Financial Times
'It was my good luck - and the world's - that Alan Rusbridger was the Guardian's editor when powerful governments tried to prevent the paper from revealing that they had deceived and disempowered their citizens. Alan is a fearless defender of the public interest who has had a singular career in journalism. His book is an urgent reminder that there is still a place for real journalism - indeed, our democracies depend on it' - Edward Snowden
'Just when we were feeling lost in the dark labyrinth of fake news and journalism in crisis, Alan Rusbridger lights his torch and leads the way. Essential' - Steve Coogan
'Alan Rusbridger by great daring, flair, fine judgment and consistent courage has, over 20 innovative years of editorship, done a remarkable thing: he has enhanced the worldwide reputation of a great newspaper without apparently breaking a sweat. What's he taking? It has been very good for journalism and all of us' - Sir Harold Evans, former editor of the Times
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