Deadlines and Disruption: My Turbulent Path from Print to Digital 1 9780071802642 A Top Editor’s Take on the State of Journalism Today—and His Prescient Forecast of Its Future “This is a personal and insightful book about one of the most important questions of our time: how will journalism make the transition to the digital age? Steve Shepard made that leap bravely when he went from being a great magazine editor to the first dean of the City University of New York journalism school. His tale is filled with great lessons for us all.” —Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Steve Jobs “An insightful and convivial account of a bright, bountiful life dedicated to words, information and wonder.” —Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) "This is two compelling books in one: Shepard’s story of his life in print journalism, and a clearheaded look at the way journalism is evolving due to electronic media, social networking, and the ability of anyone with a computer and an opinion to make him- or herself heard." —Booklist Shepard's book will resonate with many and should be read by anyone interested in the flow of information today and its simpact on society as a whole." —Library Journal “The book is in part a memoir, a tale of a life lived at the height of print journalism when print journalism itself was at its height. But it is also an analysis, an examination of the new challenges facing an old industry as it ambles and occasionally sprints its way into the digital age.” —The Washington Post About the Book: “My personal passage is, in many ways, a microcosm of the larger struggle within the journalism profession to come to terms with the digital reckoning. Will the new technologies enhance journalism . . . or water it down for audiences with diminished attention spans? What new business models will emerge to sustain quality journalism?” Stephen B. Shepard has seen it all. Editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek for more than 20 years, Shepard helped transform the magazine into one of the most respected voices of its time. But after his departure, he saw it collapse—another victim of the digital age. In Deadlines and Disruption, Shepard recounts his five decades in journalism—a time of radical transformations in the way news is developed, delivered, and consumed. Raised in the Bronx, Shepard graduated from City College and Columbia, joined BusinessWeek as a reporter, and rose to the top editorial post. He has closed the circle by returning to the university that spawned him, founding the Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. In the digital age, anyone can be a journalist. Opinion pieces are replacing original reporting as the coin of the realm. And an entire generation is relying on Facebook friends and Twitter feeds to tell them what to read. Is this the beginning of an irreversible slide into third-rate journalism? Or the start of a better world of interactive, multimedia journalism? Will the news industry live up to its responsibility to forge a well-informed public? Shepard tackles all the tough questions facing journalists, the news industry, and, indeed, anyone who understands the importance of a well-informed public in a healthy democracy. The story of Shepard’s career is the story of the news industry—and in Deadlines and Disruption, he provides peerless insight into one of the most critical issues of our time.
Deadlines and Disruption: My Turbulent Path from Print to Digital

Deadlines and Disruption: My Turbulent Path from Print to Digital

1st Edition
By Stephen Shepard
ISBN10: 0071802649
ISBN13: 9780071802642
Copyright: 2013

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Program Details

Part I Foundation
1. Journalism and Me
2. City Upon a Hill
3. A Near-Death Experience
4. The Big Leagues
5. Swinging London
6. The Environmental Awakening
7. Columbia: Mr. Pulitzer’s Vision
8. Newsweek: The Turning Point
9. Saturday Review: The Dying Animal
Part II The Businessweek Years
10. Back to the Future
11. Reinventing a Magazine
12. “Decade of Greed”
13. Adventures in Investigative Reporting
14. The Bankers Trust Tapes
15. “One of the Great Journalistic Failings in Modern Times”
16. Going Global
17. The Dawning of the Digital Age
18. The Internet Boom and the New Economy
19. End Game
Part III Cuny: A New Journalism School For A New Era
20. Lee Bollinger’s Task Force
21. “I Don’t Want Just Another Journalism School”
22. Clash of Civilizations
23. Jeff@BuzzMachine
24. Countdown to opening Day
25. The Changing Role of Journalism Schools
26. Entrepreneurial Journalism: A Tale of Two Gentlemen
Part IV The Quest For New Business Models
27. A Thousand Flowers
28. Digital Dimes: Will Advertising Support Journalism?
29. Getting Users to Pay Their Way
30. Game Changers: iPads, Kindles, and Nooks
31. The Dream of Hyperlocal Journalism
32. Social Media: “If the News Is Important, It Will Find Me”
33. Will the Daily Bugle Survive?

About the Author

Stephen Shepard