Rebuilding the News

Metropolitan Journalism in the Digital Age

C.W. Anderson
International Communications Association Journalism Studies Division Book Award, 2017
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PB: $29.95
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236 pages
6 x 9
1 tables, 2 figs., 16 halftones

An inside account of dramatic changes in journalism at a large metropolitan newspaper.

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Listen to an interview with C.W. Anderson about changes in Philadelphia media from WHYY's "NewsWorks", 24 April 2013. C.W. Anderson was a guest on "WURD" (900 AM, Philadelphia), 25 April 2013. Breaking down the walls of the traditional newsroom, Rebuilding the News traces the evolution of news reporting as it moves from print to online. As the business models of newspapers have collapsed, author C. W. Anderson chronicles how bloggers, citizen journalists, and social networks are implicated in the massive changes confronting journalism. Through a combination of local newsroom fieldwork, social-network analysis, and online archival research, Rebuilding the News places the current shifts in news production in socio-historical context. Focusing on the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, Anderson presents a gripping case study of how these papers have struggled to adapt to emerging economic, social, and technological realities. As he explores the organizational, networked culture of journalism, Anderson lays bare questions about the future of news-oriented media and its evolving relationship with "the public" in the digital age.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Timeline of Digital News: Developments in Philadelphia and Nationally INTRODUCTION Local Journalism on the Brink PART I How Local Journalism Went Online 1 Philadelphia’s Newspapers Go Online (1997–2008) 2 Alternate Paths in the Transition to Online Journalism (2000–2008) PART II Local Newswork in the Digital Age 3 A Day in the Life of Twenty-First-Century Journalism (July 16, 2008) 4 How News Circulates Online: The Short, Happy News Life of the Francisville Four (June 2008) PART III Building News Networks 5 What We Have Here Is a Failure to Collaborate (2005–2009) 6 Dark Days and Green Shoots (2009–2011) CONCLUSION Reporting and the Public in the Digital Age Appendix: Methodology Notes Selected Bibliography Index

About the Author(s)

C.W. Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island (City University of New York.) He has published in numerous academic journals, and writes occasionally for the Nieman Journalism Lab and the Atlantic Online. He has contributed chapters to edited volumes, including The Social Media Reader, Making Our Media, Making Online News, and the Journalism Studies Handbook.