Essential reading for anyone who wants to dig beyond the usual narrative that the Internet is to blame for all that woes journalism.
I purchased this 2010 book after listening to an insightful discussion on Radio Open Source.
The book looks at the decline of newspapers prior to the Internet as corporations consolidated ownership and started cutting journalists. The decline of journalism was worsened by the Internet. The book calls for public subsidies for public service journalism.
Now, six years later, the crisis is worse. The good news is that in American today, we're seeing the rise of local independents who will one day fill the void.
The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again, Robert McChesney, John Nichols, 2011, Nation Books