Monday, September 16, 2013

Research report_Kovach and Rosenstiel_Wedge

Brandon Wedge
Jiun-Yi Tsai
J201-Sec 304

Experts of Journalism

            Currently people are living in a world of information that requires updates every minute. People want to be informed whether it is for their occupation or just to have knowledge of what is currently going on in their world. The question is: How does one know what to believe with all this information being fed to us through multiple sources? Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload (Blur) is the answer to the question. Written by Bill Kovach (Kovach) and Tom Rosenstiel (Rosenstiel), Blur allows readers to not only understand the media, but analyze and filter the information they are receiving as well. Rosenstiel and Kovach are well respected writers known for their work in journalism, and are the main reason for the book’s success.
To understand why Blur is so useful, the audience must know where the information is coming from. Bill Kovach, one of the authors of Blur, is no stranger to journalism. With forty years of journalism under his belt, Kovach has acquired many accomplishments throughout his career; first beginning in 1979 when he was named as Washington bureau chief by the New York Times. After a little over six years of working in Washington, he left the bureau to pursue a career with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Bill Kovach 1). While working in Atlanta he directed and was a part of two projects that won two Pulitzer Prizes, which had not happened in Atlanta in twenty years. Kovach is also associated with Harvard as a Nieman fellow and later became the curator of the Nieman Foundation journalism fellowship program in 1988 (Bill Kovach 2). Along with being the curator, the Harvard Faculty chose him to be the chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists (CCJ) in 1997 (Bill Kovach 1). Kovach is an established author who has been acknowledged by many organizations and companies. He does not just associate with anyone, associating himself with another successful writer and cofounder of the Committee of Concerned Journalist (CCJ), Tom Rosenstiel.
            Tom Rosenstiel is also no stranger to journalism. Rosenstiel has more than thirty years of experience in writing and is known for founding and directing the Project for Excellence in Journalism along with cofounding the CCJ with Bill Kovach. Rosenstiel also worked for the Los Angeles Times for over a decade as a media writer and critic. However, he did not stop there. Rosenstiel was just nominated Executive Director at the American Press Institute in January 2013. Another notable accomplishment for Rosenstiel is his collection of seven books he has written in his career (Tom Rosenstiel). From all the accomplishments it is clear as to why Kovach writes with Rosenstiel. Both are well established writers and have received many awards and accomplishments for their work. Blur is not their only book together; it is only their most recent to be released.
Rosenstiel and Kovach have produced two other books together, Warp Speed: America in the Age of Mixed Media and more notably The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect. The authors have successfully produced two books together, the most recent, Blur, is on its way to success as well. Reviews of Blur only strengthen the view of the book. Booklist had this to say about Blur, “A valuable and insightful resource to help Americans adapt to an era that demands that readers become their own editors and news aggregators.” Booklist is not the only review praising Blur, Nicholas Lemann, the dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism praised the book as well. The dean referred to the book as, “Impassioned and practical…It’s hard to imagine a more urgently necessary task, for journalism and for democratic societies, than the one Kovach and Rosenstiel have taken on” (Blur). I personally agree with the reviews about Blur; I knew very little about journalism and have learned so much from just reading five chapters. The authors did a wonderful job of explaining the importance of knowing the truth and analyzing the news.
Rosenstiel and Kovach deserve every award they have earned and then some more in the future. These authors have made analyzing the news simple, not only for journalists, but any reader. The book will have a lasting effect on readers and leave the readers analyzing every bit of information they receive after completion. Rosenstiel and Kovach have successfully produced two books before Blur, and I agree with other reviews, that Blur will have the same success.

Works Cited

"Bill Kovach 1." International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. ICIJ. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Sept. 2013. <>.

"Bill Kovach 2." Journalists: Kovach. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Sept. 2013.      <>.

"Blur: How to Know What's True in the Age of Information Overload." RJI. N.p., 01 Nov. 2010. Web. 14 Sept. 2013. <>.

"Tom Rosenstiel." Poynter. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Sept. 2013. < people/tom-rosenstiel>.

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