• Breaking News

  • The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now
  • By: Alan Rusbridger
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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An urgent account of the revolution that has upended the news business, authored by one of the most accomplished journalists of our time.

Technology has radically altered the news landscape. Once-powerful newspapers have lost their clout or been purchased by owners with particular agendas. Algorithms select which stories we see. The Internet allows consequential revelations, closely guarded secrets, and dangerous misinformation to spread at the speed of a click.  

In Breaking News, Alan Rusbridger demonstrates how these decisive shifts have occurred and what they mean for the future of democracy. In the 20 years he spent editing The Guardian, Rusbridger managed the transformation of the progressive British daily into the most visited serious English-language newspaper site in the world. He oversaw an extraordinary run of world-shaking scoops, including the exposure of phone hacking by London tabloids, the Wikileaks release of US diplomatic cables, and later the revelation of Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency files. At the same time, Rusbridger helped The Guardian become a pioneer in Internet journalism, stressing free access and robust interactions with readers. 

Here, Rusbridger vividly observes the media’s transformation from close range while also offering a vital assessment of the risks and rewards of practicing journalism in a high-impact, high-stress time.

©2018 Alan Rusbridger (P)2018 Canongate Books Limited

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A critically important topic brilliantly discussed

I heard author Alan Rusbridger on public radio and knew his book would be a must-read. I graduated from J School about the same time that he did, when we wrote our stories on heavy old typewriters, retrieved copy from the teletype machine and shared our work by reading it to each other. This book spans the eras, agonizing over the loss of old ways and scrambling to make sure that journalism, in its best form, continues to have relevance and financial stability.

The narrator could not be better. This is great reporting.

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Fascinating Chronicle of Media Evolution

Mr Rusbridger has written a compelling and entertaining account of how journalism has entered the digital age, with the many fascinating stories and anecdotes. I was not expecting to get as hooked on his narrative as I did, driving around the block to finish chapters. It helps that it was narrated by Samuel West. I could listen to him read a train schedule.

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for anyone who wants to go in journalism

i liked the narration and anecdotes. for anyone who's thinking about a career in media and news it is good way to know the status quo of the industry and how to contribute in building better more reliable news