CHAPTER 1
image The Business of News

Why start a book like this with a chapter on the business of news? Because more and more, it’s clear that today’s aspiring journalists will enter a workplace far more unsettled than in the past. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s increasingly critical for prospective newspeople to understand the business context within which news happens.

The point is that news doesn’t just rain down from the sky, and its continued existence—to say nothing of continued employment—depends heavily on companies making money by virtue of delivering news and information.

What about public radio and public television? ...

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