He is the author of twelve books, his first being The Streets Were Paved With Gold 1979. Bookseller: , Washington, United States New York, New York: Penguin, 2003. Reviews Like Auletta's earlier The Highwaymen, this is a collection of the author's work as media correspondent for the New Yorker, but the focus has shifted away from the individual toward the institutional. The product of more than ten years covering the news media for The New Yorker, Backstory is Journalism 101 by the course's master teacher. The book is an account of the vast changes in the business over that time, both in process of producing the paper and in the business itself.
He has served as a juror, and for nearly three decades has been a judge of the annual national. Dennis is Distinguished Felix E. None practices the craft with greater skill than Ken Auletta, and his specialty long has been the news media in all its forms—print, broadcast, cable and the Internet. The result: stories that give readers an intimate feel for the drama within the institutions that set the national news agenda. It focuses on the business aspects of print news, company reorganizations, managers and what they did do well and poorly, the culture of various newspapers, the growing relationship between newspapers and other forms of media. While in graduate school, Auletta taught and trained volunteers. It is certainly true that journalists are sometimes shortsighted and business side people are sometimes more willing to take risks—even if sometimes they turn out badly.
He is the author of eight books, including Three Blind Mice, Greed and Glory on Wall Street, and World War 3. In 1986, he earned the for Large Newspapers. His less successful ones delve into the grisly and possibly soporific details of the business and meander off into unrelated topics. The Best Business Stories of the Year, 2002 Edition The second annual edition of this new series is packed with entertaining business stories from the past year. I offer a postscript at the end of each piece that suggests where I was sometimes wrong, or right. Auletta has been named a Literary Lion by the. Ask Questions and request photos if your buying for the cover and not the content.
We are a long way from the days of Don Draper; as Mad Men is turned into Math Men and women—though too few , as an instinctual art is transformed into a science, the old lions and their kingdoms are feeling real fear, however bravely they might roar. The selection of writers is interesting and fairly eclectic necessarily so, for reasons I will get into shortly. How did you come to write for The New Yorker? In his latest book, the prolific Mr. A comprehensive journey through the history of journalism shows, on balance, progress and improvement. With unprecedented access to Google's founders and executives, as well as to those in media who are struggling to keep their heads above water, Auletta reveals how the industry is being disrupted and redefined.
Auletta's work focuses our attention on what's so extraordinary about the news industry's transformation in recent times and what's so troubling. I say this is ironic because during that period, in a study of New Journalism, I interviewed many top editors whom Auletta would also presumably admire, and most decried the innovations of New Journalism that are now commonplace. Sometimes forgotten is the fact that this undisputedly great newspaper might be the model for the beneficent owner, but has rarely been an early initiator of change in journalism, whether in developing special sections, welcoming lively writing, introducing color and vivid graphics, or other innovations that typically happen elsewhere first, then are later and often grudgingly adopted by the Times. Backstory: Inside the Business of News. A journalist who would advertise his next project will soon be unemployed, or declared nuts! By putting these articles together, Auletta provides a valuable perspective on how the pressures of business have affected how we read and watch the news. Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed. He tells us that the business is fueled by synergy i.
Any assessment of corporate and journalistic values must begin with some semblance of mutual understanding and recognition that few media companies are now led by former news executives. Auletta grew up on Coney Island in Brooklyn, where he attended public schools. Ken Auletta has written Annals of Communications columns and profiles for The New Yorker magazine since 1992. He has won numerous journalism awards, and was selected as one of the twentieth century's top one hundred business journalists. It turns out that people interested in readership, ratings and compelling coverage were more likely to recognize this as a worthwhile and progressive change than were the grumpy denizens of the newsroom who believed these and other writers were defiling the journalistic temple.
By the same token, Auletta doubts that many of the experiments today with synergy and convergence might ultimately have value. The centerpiece of the book is a profile of Howell Raines the controversial executive editor of the Times who was ousted in the aftermath of the Jayson Blair scandal. But reconciling differences is more than a matter of journalists persuading owners that their short-term, profit-oriented thinking is wrong. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. He started contributing to The New Yorker in 1977. How does this make you feel about the current state of journalism? Most critics agree that Backstory is a provocative if uneven collection that shows a serious understanding of the trade. He is the author of twelve previous books, including three national bestsellers.
This book is a perfect integration of the legal and the business drama at the heart of the case. The Daily News has a stronger advertising base and is making money, while the Post is not. In an era when ever-larger media companies are being created, are journalists—many of whom have vested interests in retaining the status quo—able to offer reliable assessments about the impact of this change? Media critic for The New Yorker, Auletta World War 3. I wound up writing a political column for the Village Voice and longer investigative pieces for New York Magazine. In his latest book, the prolific Mr. Advertising and marketing touches on every corner of our lives, and is the invisible fuel powering almost all media. Follow this stricture and, inevitably, you make hard decisions that leave people upset.