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By Bill Kovach, Tom Rosenstiel

Amid the hand-wringing over the loss of life of "true journalism" within the web Age—the din of bloggers, the echo chamber of Twitter, the predominance of Wikipedia—veteran newshounds and media critics invoice Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel have written a realistic, serious-minded advisor to navigating the twenty-first century media terrain. definite, outdated specialists are being dismantled, new ones created, and the very nature of information has replaced. yet looking the reality continues to be the aim of journalism—and the item in case you devour it. How can we parent what's trustworthy? How can we be certain which evidence (or whose reviews) to belief? Blur presents a street map, or extra particularly, finds the craft that has been utilized in newsrooms by means of some of the best newshounds for purchasing on the fact. In an age while the road among citizen and journalist is turning into more and more uncertain, Blur is an important consultant in the event you need to know what's actual.

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In 1834, two former colleagues of Day's, Willoughby Lynde and William J. Stanley, started their own paper, the Transcript. Soon it was selling nearly as well as the Sun in New York City and even better in the nearby cities and towns. Then in 1835 James Gordon Bennett, a squint-eyed Scottish immigrant who had spent the previous fifteen years working for, leaving, establishing, and failing in newspapers up and down the East Coast, sank his last five hundred dollars into a new venture, the Morning Herald (soon known simply as the Herald), with the determination that this time he would succeed.

Americans who did not livein New York flocked to the New York paper that denounced New York. Established five months after the daily Tribune and drawing on the readymade and wide-ranging subscription lists of Greeley's two previous efforts, the New-Yorker and the Log Cabin, the weekly for the country readership soon outstripped the circulation of the city daily. Some of Greeley's appeal was obviously visceral. Born on a farm in New Hampshire, reared on a farm in Vermont, the editor embodied for many the flinty independence and iron rectitude of the American yeoman.

One of the Herald's earlier archrivals, the Transcript, had died in 1839, weakened by the economic depression and ravaged by the deaths or defections of its best editorial talent; one surviving partner suffered the indignity of ending up as a typesetter in Bennett's own composing rooms. By 1841 the Herald's other great rival was investing its energies elsewhere. The Sun shone for New York workers alone in those days, and the Sun's new editor, Moses Y. Beach, scarcely shone at all. Beach's paper was still the circulation leader in the city, which ensured that it would remain a favorite target in any of the long-running feuds of Newspaper Row; and it still fought back with paper attacks on its rivals, both real and potential.

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