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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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Dotty Brown (Co-editor and Women) was a reporter and editor for 30 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer and “Journalist of the Year” for the former Knight Ridder news chain. She is the author of Boathouse Row, Waves of Change in the Birthplace of American Rowing.Alan Ehrenhalt (Politics) covered politics at the Congressional Quarterly, Washington Star, and for 25 years at Governing Magazine, where he was executive editor for most of that time. He is the author of The United States of Ambition, The Lost City and The Great Inversion.

Carla Fine (Book Publishing) has written ten books, including the international best seller No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One. She is a featured speaker and conducts workshops on writing as a pathway to healing.

Sylvana Foa (International) covered wars in Vietnam, Cambodia and Lebanon and reported coups, earthquakes and upheaval in a dozen countries. She held the titles of UPI Asia Pacific Editor, UPI Foreign Editor and Univision VP for News. In 1996, she was named Spokesperson to the Secretary General of the United Nations, the first woman to hold the position.

Ted Gest (Co-editor and Criminal Justice) has covered crime and justice for most of his 50-year career—at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, U.S. News & World Report, and He has published a daily news digest on criminal justice since 2003 and heads the national non-profit group Criminal Justice Journalists.

Tom Goldstein (Journalism...

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