Newsroom Confidential: Lessons (and Worries) from an Ink-Stained Life (Hardcover)

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"Sullivan remains the critic American journalism requires, a veteran practitioner with street cred, still in touch with the ‘unaccountable joy’ of reporting and writing that continues to draw talented young people to the field.” —Steve Coll, The New York Times Book Review

Sullivan began her career at the Buffalo News, where she rose from summer intern to editor in chief. In Newsroom Confidential she chronicles her years in the trenches battling sexism and throwing elbows in a highly competitive newsroom. In 2012, Sullivan was appointed the public editor of The New York Times, the first woman to hold that important role. She was in the unique position of acting on behalf of readers to weigh the actions and reporting of the paper's staff, parsing potential lapses in judgment, unethical practices, and thorny journalistic issues. Sullivan recounts how she navigated the paper’s controversies, from Hillary Clinton's emails to Elon Musk's accusations of unfairness to the need for greater diversity in the newsroom. In 2016, having served the longest tenure of any public editor, Sullivan left for the Washington Post, where she had a front-row seat to the rise of Donald Trump in American media and politics.

With her celebrated mixture of charm, sharp-eyed observation, and nuanced criticism, Sullivan takes us behind the scenes of the nation's most influential news outlets to explore how Americans lost trust in the news and what it will take to regain it.

About the Author

MARGARET SULLIVAN is an award-winning media critic and a groundbreaking journalist. She was the first woman appointed as public editor of the New York Times and went on to the Washington Post as media columnist. She started her career as a summer intern at her hometown Buffalo News and rose to be that paper's first woman editor-in-chief. Follow her on Twitter!

Praise For…

“An opinionated but fair and accessible tour of the big debates roiling the “reality-based press,” as she calls mainstream newsrooms…. Sullivan remains the critic American journalism requires, a veteran practitioner with street cred, still in touch with the ‘unaccountable joy’ of reporting and writing that continues to draw talented young people to the field.”—Steve Coll, The New York Times Book Review

“If Sullivan started out intending to write a memoir, she ended up with a manifesto. This is a book about the role of the press in a democracy that’s in grave jeopardy.”—Kathy Kiely, The Washington Post

“Dogged, thoughtful, and unafraid”—The New Republic

“A beguiling memoir.”—Charles Kaiser, The Guardian

Newsroom Confidential might have been just another journalist’s rehash of stories–literally old news–except that the story in front of Sullivan was the struggle of the U.S. press to save itself and, maybe along with it, American democracy.”—Karl Vick, Time

“The great newswoman takes a clear-eyed look at her own storied career and the troubled state of her much-loved profession.”—People

“It's rare that a respected critic writes a dishy, fun book that also packs an important message, but when she does, it's a must-read.”—Molly Jong-Fast, The Atlantic

“Margaret Sullivan's perspective on our increasingly cacophonous media ecosystem is invaluable. By detailing her personal and professional experiences in this wise and engaging memoir, she pulls the curtain back to reveal how journalism really works and the very human decisions behind it.”—Katie Couric

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250281906
ISBN-10: 1250281903
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: October 18th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English


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