Behind the Times: Inside the New New York Times

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University of Chicago Press, Oct 15, 1995 - History - 443 pages
An incisive examination of the world's most respected paper, Behind the Times tells the story of changing Timesian values and of a new era for the paper—a tale of editorial struggles, star columnists and critics, institutional self-importance, and the political and cultural favorites of the Times' owners and editors. Taking the reader inside the Times' newsrooms and executive offices, Diamond offers an expert, insider's appraisal of how the Times and its editors continue to shape coverage of major public events for over one million readers. Diamond goes behind the scenes to recount the paper's recent and much heralded plan to win larger audiences and hold on to its dominant position in the new media landscape of celebrity journalism and hundred-channel television.

"Edwin Diamond's Behind the Times sets the Paper of Record straight—a fascinating look at the people and policies, the dissension and debate behind the seemingly serene masthead of the New York Times. No newsroom is a Garden of Eden, and only the rare reporter wears a halo: the Times, not surprisingly, is an imperfect place. But Edwin Diamond is careful to note the triumph as well as the turmoil at this great American newspaper. The result is a window on the changing world of journalism today."—Dan Rather

 

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Those people who enjoy the tiny classified ads on the front page of the New York Times will relish all the minutiae media-watcher Diamond sees fit to print in this history of the venerable newspaper ... Read full review

Contents

A Little Wild Streak
3
Punch and His Times
33
Our Crowd Our paper
64
The Changes 1 Soft Times
84
The Changes 2 Safe Times
113
The Changes 3 Money Times
146
Last of the Red Hot Mamas
168
Choosing Max and Joe
212
Roughing It in Culture Gulch
307
Tweedy Backwater Behind the Lines at the Book Review
339
Old Times New Times
369
The White Guys Had a Great Run And Its Still Not Over
395
A Selected Chronology of Events
402
Acknowledgments
413
Sources and Notes
415
Index
431

The Newsroom The Times That Tries Mens Souls
240
Opinion Times Anna and Abe and Bill and Maureen and Garry
274

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