Author(s): John Lloyd
From the vast political power of Rupert Murdoch's News International and the merger of television and politics in Italy, to the part that Facebook and Twitter played in the Arab revolts and the radical openness stimulated by WikiLeaks, and from the growing worldwide power of public relations and the decline of the newspaper in the West, to the booming, raucous and sometimes corrupt Indian media and the growing self-confidence of African journalism, John Lloyd examines the technological shifts, the political changes and the market transformations through which journalism is passing in the post-truth age.The Power and the Story is a fascinating global survey of a trade that has claimed the right to hold power to account and the duty to make the significant interesting - while making both the first draft of history, and a profit.
John Lloyd is a master journalist with serious insights into the changing dynamics of his field. The Power and the Story illuminates the ways in which governments across the globe cooperate, collude, control and clash with the press. -- Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Investigative journalism is the life-blood of democracy. In the digital age, the orthodox press struggles to survive and has to compete with a dazzling variety of websites, many sourced for free. What are the implications for politics? Is truth itself a casualty? This magisterial book offers a nuanced and compelling treatment of these essential issues, setting them in historical context. -- Anthony Giddens, Former director, London School of Economics John Lloyd is not only one of the finest experts on journalism; he is also a practitioner. His unique insight takes us around the world for an illuminating and enlightening voyage through the old and new challenges facing journalists. In an age of rising authoritarianism, technological disruptions and alternative facts, John Lloyd makes a powerful case for the necessity of independent, strong journalism. For anyone concerned about the future of truth, freedom and information, this makes for fascinating and indispensable reading - wherever you live.' -- Sylvie Kauffmann, Editorial Director, Le Monde
John Lloyd co-founded the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, where he is Director of Journalism. Lloyd has written several books, including What the Media Are Doing to Our Politics (2004). He is also a contributing editor at the Financial Times and the founder of FT Magazine.