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Inside the Upheaval of Journalism

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.

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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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