Jill Abramson Presented by the University Book Store in Partnership with The UW Department of Communication and The Western Washington chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists
Join us for an evening with Jill Abramson (in conversation with David Domke) in celebration of her new book, Merchants of Truth!
About the Book
Merchants of Truth is the groundbreaking and gripping story of the precarious state of the news business told by one of our most eminent journalists.
Jill Abramson follows four companies: The New York Times, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and VICE Media over a decade of disruption and radical adjustment. The new digital reality nearly kills two venerable newspapers with an aging readership while creating two media behemoths with a ballooning and fickle audience of millennials. We get to know the defenders of the legacy presses as well as the outsized characters who are creating the new speed-driven media competitors. The players include Jeff Bezos and Marty Baron (The Washington Post), Arthur Sulzberger and Dean Baquet (The New York Times), Jonah Peretti (BuzzFeed), and Shane Smith (VICE) as well as their reporters and anxious readers.
Merchants of Truth raises crucial questions that concern the well-being of our society. We are facing a crisis in trust that threatens the free press. Abramsons book points us to the future.
About the Author
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.
Abramson will be in conversation with David Domke, a Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington.
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