God and the Editor: My Search for Meaning at the New York Times
An idealistic young editor at the New York Times rides an early wave of success to find that this cathedral of journalism actually does house newspaper saints, but backsliders too. In his parallel search for religious faith, the editor runs into the same conflict between belief and practice. Book jacket.
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God and the editor: my search for meaning at the New York timesUser Review - Book Verdict
Early in his memoir, Phelps explains that he wants to show how his religious or moral concerns have informed his journalism. In that respect, his book falls flat: Phelps's recounting of his spiritual journey seems tacked onto what is at heart the story of his life at the New York Times, a narrative that illuminates the pressures that can drive a news story. Phelps, who served as the Times's Washington news editor from 1965 to 1974, has much to say about journalistic ethics and the relationship between editors and reporters. With grace and charm, he navigates the minefield of infighting between the New York and Washington bureaus, and he describes some of the paper's most influential personalities. Of special interest is his treatment of the Watergate scandal, an event that fundamentally altered the role of journalism in America. For Phelps, highly placed in a bureau widely viewed as having been beaten on the story, it's a charged subject. His take on that watershed moment in his craft will be illuminating to readers with an interest in journalism, professionally or otherwise. -Fred Baerkircher, Twinsburg P.L., OH
Review: God and the Editor: My Search for Meaning at the New York TimesUser Review - Goodreads
I can only recommend this to complete journalism junkies, of which I am one. I didn't find much in his low-key story that interested me. (I lived through most of it). What I did find is a real ...