With the deep reporting of an industry insider, former Executive Editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson tackles the current murky state of U.S. journalism. Merchants of Truth follows four major news organizations—The New York Times, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and VICE Media—over a decade of disruption and radical adjustment. Examining how the new digital reality nearly killed two media behemoths and gave rise to speed-driven competitors, Abramson dives into the drastic changes that have transformed the way Americans get access to the truth. Discussing this timely new book as these very media outlets are dominating the headlines of our news today, Abramson explores the future of the free press.
Jill Abramson started as a reporter in the era of Watergate. At the New York Times, she held senior editorial positions, the first woman to serve as Washington bureau chief, then managing editor and executive editor, until she was fired in 2014 in a tumult of shifts inside the Times She spent nine years at the Wall Street Journal. She is also the co-author of Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, a National Book Award finalist. A senior lecturer at Harvard University, she writes a column about U.S. politics for The Guardian.
Alex Cohen was formerly the local host of “Morning Edition”, NPR’s most popular show. Prior to that, she was co-host of KPCC’s “Take Two” and “All Things Considered.” Currently, Cohen has joined Spectrum News 1 SoCal as one of the anchors for The Beat on 1 and the host of Inside the Issues.
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