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Behind the Times

Inside the New New York Times

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

450 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1993, 1995

Library Science and Publishing: Publishing

Media Studies

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Little Wild Streak
1: Punch and His Times
2: Our Crowd, Our Paper
3: The Changes: 1. Soft Times
4: The Changes: 2. Safe Times
5: The Changes: 3. Money Times
6: Last of the Red Hot Mamas
7: Choosing Max (and Joe)
8: The Newsroom: The Times That Tries Men’s Souls
9: Opinion Times: Anna and Abe and Bill and Maureen and Garry
10: Roughing It in Culture Gulch
11: Tweedy Backwater: Behind the Lines at the Book Review
12: Old Times, New Times
Times-line: A Selected Chronology of Events
Sources and Notes

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