David T.Z. Mindich
Mindich is a journalism professor at the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University, where he served six years as chair; before that, he was a journalism professor at Saint Michael's College in Vermont, where he served nine years as chair. The author of three books and numerous articles, including ones in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, Mindich was named the 2006 Vermont Professor of the Year.
Before becoming a professor, Mindich worked as an assignment editor for CNN and earned a doctorate in American Studies from New York University.
This is a very important book. Professor Mindich has undertaken to determine the extent of the news illiteracy of an entire generation of American young people, and, to speculate with authorities in broadcasting and print as to what can be done about it. This volume is a handbook for the desperately needed attempt to inspire in the young generation a curiosity that generates the news habit. Their lack of knowledge or even interest in our government bodes a critical danger to democracy as they become the nation's voting majority.
Walter Cronkite, on "Tuned Out: Why Americans Under 40 Don't Follow the News"
Superb. . . . Mindich links history to contemporary practice by examining the current debate about objectivity through his 100-year-old lens.
Steve Weinberg from The Christian Science Monitor, on "Just the Facts: How 'Objectivity' Came to Define American Journalism"