The Business of News

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photoNew Yorker media maven Ken Auletta has passed through many of America's newsrooms, and interviewed its most colorful reporters, editors, and publishers. He has also written about the stories they cover, from the 1996 presidential race to President George W. Bush.

In a new collection of articles, "Backstory: Inside the Business of News," Ken Auletta looks at the crumbling Chinese wall that traditionally separated newsrooms and their owners' business agendas and searches for the vision that journalism students learn in the classroom but struggle to hold onto in the public companies that hire them.

Click the "Listen" link to hear a conversation with Ken Auletta about the changing business of news and news reporting.


Ken Auletta, he has written the "Annals of Communication" column and profiles for the New Yorker since 1992. His most recent article is "Fortress Bush: How the White House keeps the press under control." He is the author of eight books. His newest book is "Backstory: Inside the Business of News."

This program aired on January 14, 2004.


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