The Changing World of Journalism, Mitchell Stephens, TBJApodcast 13
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MitchellStephens_NewMitchell Stephens is a forward-thinking journalist and professor who challenges traditional rules and, in this podcast, he delivers insight on the changing world of journalism and what it means to all of us.

Mitchell Stephens is the author of “A History of News, an extended history of journalism that has been translated into four languages and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His latest book, “The Rise of the Image; The Fall of the Word”, a historical analysis of our current communications revolution, was published by Oxford University Press. Professor Stephens is also the author of “Broadcast News, the most widely used radio and television news textbook, and the co-author of “Writing and Reporting the News”. In recent years, he has written numerous articles on media issues and aspects of contemporary thought for publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and The Columbia Journalism Review.

Mitchell recently completed a trip around the world, during which he reported on globalization for the public radio program, Marketplace and the webzine Feed and wrote essays on travel for His commentaries have aired on NPR’s On the Media. Professor Stephens has been a history consultant to the Newseum.

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Think Like A Journalist Quote

“The flight from journalist institutions has much to do, obviously, with what everyone assumes to be bleak futures within them.” That’s from an article published in January 2014 by author Michael Wolfe that discusses the rise of “personal brand journalism”.

Success Tip

Become an expert on something.

Career Highlight

Writing a book on the history of journalism: A History Of News.

Brand Journalism Advice
  • In journalism: be creative, experiment, and challenge the rules.
  • Become an expert in something.
  • Provide not just the basics of journalism but also expert analysis.
  • Innovate and invent your own job.

The Rise Of Non-Traditional Media And Brand Newsrooms:

ProPublica (independent, non-profit newsroom)

Kaiser Permanente (Brand journalism newsroom)

Multimedia Resources

Mitchell Stephens’ Twitter

Books, Documentaries, Internet TV Channel

Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, And Coming Of Age In The Bronx by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Documentary: Harvest Of Shame by Edward R. Murrow, CBS

AJ Leibling, American Journalist, The New Yorker

Mark Twain, American Author & Humorist

Margaret Fuller, American Author, Editor, Reformer

Resource Links

Journalism Unbound by Mitchell Stephens

Beyond News: Future Of Journalism by Mitchell Stephens

A History Of News by Mitchell Stephens

Joan Didion, American Author of novels and literary journalism

Tom Wolfe, American Author & Journalist

Studio 20, NYU

Jay Rosen, Studio 20, Director, NYU


Mitchell Stephens’ Website

Twitter @MitchStephensNY

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