THE WILLIAM E. MASSEY SR. LECTURES IN AMERICAN STUDIES
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The William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in American Studies 2015

Just a Journalist

On the Press, Life, and the Spaces Between

The veteran New York Times journalist offers a refreshing and fearless challenge to some of journalism’s most revered—and ossified— principles, drawing from her first-hand experience… The final essay of Greenhouse’s book is indeed more memoir than argument, and it’s a fascinating and delightful read. Especially interesting are her reflections on how the Internet has changed the newsroom… Just a Journalist is a short, precise, top-notch read: illuminating about life as a journalist over the past four decades, but more importantly provocative and intellectually stimulating on some of the core issues facing journalism today. For anyone who cares about the media and its relationship to democracy, her book is a must-read.—Hans Rollman, PopMatters

Greenhouse entwines a personal career history with a larger examination of the challenges her profession faces in an increasingly fractious political landscape.—Kate Tuttle, The Boston Globe

Greenhouse shows what significant strides journalism has made in what she calls ‘the post-truth age,’ when news stories and headlines now employ language once reserved for opinion pieces or for private conversations among journalists… This brief book of argument and anecdote presents a minefield of challenges that journalism itself is far from unified over how to face. And the ground keeps shifting as the mainstream press does its best to remain a watchdog while resisting the label of adversary.Kirkus Reviews

A delightful, engaging book. I like its personal tone and its feisty, argumentative character.—Michael Schudson, author of The Rise of the Right to Know