Reporters Look Back on 50 Years of Covering the News
Edited By Ted Gest and Dotty Brown
In the spring of 1969, 101 students received master’s degrees from Columbia University’s prestigious School of Journalism, where they had learned the trade as it was then practiced. Most hoped to start a career in newspapers, radio, television or magazines, the established forms of journalism of that era. Little did they realize how the news world they were entering would be upended by the internet and by the social forces that would sweep through the country over the next 50 years.
This book tells the story of the news media revolution through the eyes of those in the Class of 1969 who lived it and helped make it happen. It is an insider’s look at the reshaping of the Fourth Estate and the information Americans now get and don’t get—crucial aspects of the vibrancy of democracy.
Figure 0.1: J-School Class of 1969, courtesy of the Columbia University School of Journalism
Figure 1.1: Martin Gottlieb, courtesy of Martin Gottlieb
Figure 1.2: Susan Spencer with Pope John Paul II, photo © Vatican Media
Figure 2.1: Kenneth Tiven, courtesy of Kenneth Tiven
Figure 3.1: Dotty Brown, courtesy of Dotty Brown
Figure 4.1: Marquita Pool-Eckert, courtesy of Marquita Pool-Eckert
Figure 6.1: Michèle Montas-Dominique with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and former President Bill Clinton, UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
Figure 6.2: Terry Wolkerstorfer, courtesy of Terry Wolkerstorfer
Figure 7.1: Ted Gest, courtesy of Ted Gest
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