Provoking the press : (MORE) magazine and the crisis of confidence in American journalism

Lerner, Kevin M., 1977- author

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Summary

  • "(MORE): A Journalism Review was co-founded by J. Anthony Lukas, a star at the New York Times who felt that the rigors of daily journalism were stifling him and other journalists like him, and Richard Pollak, a former Newsweek media writer. From 1971 to 1978, they and their collaborators and successors produced a monthly magazine that addressed newsroom diversity, the relationship between the press and politicians, censorship, and other issues essential to ensuring the institution's vitality. In telling the story of (MORE) and its legacy, Kevin Lerner explores the power of criticism to reform and guide the institutions of the press that, in turn, influence public discourse"--

Notes

  • Revised and expanded version of the author's thesis (doctoral)--Rutgers University, 2014, titled Gadfly to the watchdogs : how the journalism review (MORE) goaded the mainstream press toward self-criticism in the 1970s.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.

Contents

  • A culture of criticism : the limitations of the American newsroom and the societal role of press criticism -- Rosebud associates : the crisis of objectivity in American journalism and the founding of (MORE) -- The marble admonition : chronicling the journalism of the early '70s and challenging the institutional press -- The gathering of the gothamedia : the first A.J. Liebling Counter-convention and the coalescence of the intellectual elite of American journalism -- Get me rewrite : (MORE) adjusts to the post-Watergate press -- The Gadfly : how press critics and their targets interact : two case -- Studies of (More) and the New York times -- How the press became the media : more becomes a "media magazine" -- Further(MORE) : the demise of (MORE), and its legacy for press criticism
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