Book Discussion on Losing the News

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Jones talked about his book Losing the News: The Future of the News That Feeds Democracy (Oxford… read more

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Jones talked about his book Losing the News: The Future of the News That Feeds Democracy (Oxford University Press, USA; August 19, 2009). In his book he explores the demise of hard news and the diminished nature of journalism’s role as a government watchdog. The author explains the importance of rehabilitating traditional news in the age of Internet new sources and blogs and suggests how to accomplish the feat. Mr. Jones talked about the “fragility” of the First Amendment and the history of freedom of the press and the tradition of objective journalism. He was interviewed while at BookExpo America 2009 in the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, which was held from May 28-31, 2009.

Mr. Jones is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who wrote for the New York Times from 1983 to 1992. He is the author of two previous books, The Patriarch and The Trust. Mr Jones is currently the director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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  • Alex S. Jones Director Harvard University->Shorenstein (Joan) Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy
  • Peter Slen Senior Executive Producer C-SPAN->Book TV

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Jul 12, 2009
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Sep 6, 2009

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  • Jul 12, 2009 | 11:29am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 12, 2009 | 7:33pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Sep 06, 2009 | 6:46pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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