Will the Last Reporter Please Turn out the Lights

Will the Last Reporter Please Turn out the Lights: The Collapse of Journalism and What Can Be Done to Fix It.” (Robert W. McChesney & Victor Pickard, editors), New York: The New Press.

The sudden meltdown of the news media has sparked one of the liveliest debates in recent memory, with an outpouring of opinion and analysis crackling across journals, the blogosphere, and academic publications. Yet, until now, we have lacked a comprehensive and accessible introduction to this new and shifting terrain.

In Will the Last Reporter Please Turn out the Lights, celebrated media analysts Robert W. McChesney and Victor Pickard have assembled thirty-two illuminating pieces on the crisis in journalism, revised and updated for this volume. Featuring some of today’s most incisive and influential commentators, this comprehensive collection contextualizes the predicament faced by the news media industry through a concise history of modern journalism, a hard-hitting analysis of the structural and financial causes of news media’s sudden collapse, and deeply informed proposals for how the vital role of journalism might be rescued from impending disaster.

Sure to become the essential guide to the journalism crisis, Will the Last Reporter Please Turn out the Lights is both a primer on the news media today and a chronicle of a key historical moment in the transformation of the press.

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Selected Reviews:
  • Book Ideas, By John L. Hoh. Jr.
  • Booklist, May 1, 2011. By Carol Haggas.
  • Book News, 2011.
  • Columbia Journalism Review, July 21, 2011. “Why Journalism Helps Foster Global Innovation.” By Justin D. Martin.
  • Communication Booknotes Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 2 (April-June 2011). By Christopher H. Sterling.
  • Democratic Communique, Vol. 25, No. 2 (Fall 2012),pp. 50-52. By Beth Knobel.
  • De Nieuwe Reporter (Netherlands), July 2011.
  • Doug Craig’s Blog, July 13, 2011. “Journalism’s Crisis is Our Own.”
  • Gateway Journalism Review, November 23, 2011. Bu Jennifer Butcher.
  •, October 27, 2011. By Jeff Smith.
  • International Journal of Communication, “Journalism” Future: “Collapse” vs. “Transformation.” By Katherine Fink. Vol. 5: pp. 1861-1864.
  • International Journalism, Vol. 5, No. 4 (2012): pp. 589-590. By Henrik Bodker.
  • Journalism, By Seth C. Lewis. Vol. 12, No. 8, 2011: pp. 1067-1071.
  • Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, By Anthony L. Fargo. Vol. 67, No. 1 (Spring 2012): pp. 87-89.
  • Journalism Practice, By George Brock, April 2012.
  • Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2011.
  • Le Monde Diplomatique, September 2011. By Angele Christin.
  • Library Journal, April 15, 2011. By Donna Marie Smith. Media Ethics Online, July 2011. By J.M. Kittross.
  • Media Hive News Network, July 3, 2011. By Manish Kumar.
  • Observatorio da Imprensa (Portuguese), April 11, 2011. “New information model can combine poublic and private financing Press,” By Carlos Castillo.
  • Peoria, September 2011. “The Last Reporter.” By Steve Tarter.
  • Read Any Good Books Lately?, July 18. 2011. By Donna Miller.
  • Spectrum/Culture, September 25, 2011. By Kyle Fowler.
  • Truthout, “The Media is a Curable Disease,” May 23, 2011. By David Swanson.
  • 2005. Robert W. McChesney, Russell Newman and Ben Scott, editors. The Future of Media. New

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