Will the Last Reporter Please Turn Out the Lights

The Collapse of Journalism and What Can Be Done to Fix It

The first-ever road map to understanding the debates swirling around the sudden collapse of the news media

“This collection highlights journalism’s role as a crucial component of democracy and an institution that needs to be reinvigorated . . . anyone concerned about the state of journalism should read this book.” —Library Journal

The sudden meltdown of the news media has sparked one of the liveliest debates in recent memory, with an outpouring of opinion and analysis crackling across journals, the blogosphere, and academic publications. Yet, until now, we have lacked a comprehensive and accessible introduction to this new and shifting terrain.

In Will the Last Reporter Please Turn out the Lights, celebrated media analysts Robert W. McChesney and Victor Pickard have assembled thirty-two illuminating pieces on the crisis in journalism, revised and updated for this volume. Featuring some of today’s most incisive and influential commentators, this comprehensive collection contextualizes the predicament faced by the news media industry through a concise history of modern journalism, a hard-hitting analysis of the structural and financial causes of news media’s sudden collapse, and deeply informed proposals for how the vital role of journalism might be rescued from impending disaster.