Member’s Choice: Return of the Moguls
Can a new generation of wealthy publishers save the beleaguered newspaper business? Kennedy tracks the progress of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos at the Washington Post and financier (and principal Red Sox owner) John Henry at the Boston Globe. He also offers some cautionary tales, most notably that of Aaron Kushner, whose ambitious efforts to revive and expand the Orange County Register ended in bankruptcy.
The Return of the Moguls has been critically praised by the Boston Globe (“exhaustively researched and authoritatively written”), Kirkus Reviews (“Kennedy rightly suggests that quality journalism is not only salvageable, but necessary”), and Library Journal (“Kennedy ably documents financial stresses on newspapers and offers an insider’s perspective of the industry’s past and future”). CBS News analyst Bob Schieffer says, “With this book Kennedy establishes himself as one of our most knowledgeable scholars on the changing communications landscape”.
Dan Kennedy is an associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University and a nationally known media commentator. He is a panelist on WGBH-TV’s Beat the Press and writes on the news media for WGBHNews.org, the Nieman Journalism Lab, and other publications. His blog, Media Nation, can be found at dankennedy.net.
Kennedy’s most recent book, The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century, was published earlier this year by ForeEdge. His previous book, The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-Newspaper Age, examines the rise of the New Haven Independent and other digital-only community news organizations.
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