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This book reiterates the fact that good journalism is part and parcel of a thriving democracy The Washington Post has provided that many times over the years and the author gives some good examples, over and above the standard Watergate one I have sporadically read the Washington Post during visits to Washington, which is one reason I bought this book I do find the Washington Post to be a quality newspaper.The author is a writer for the Post, so being an insider he provides us with many insig This book reiterates the fact that good journalism is part and parcel of a thriving democracy The Washington Post has provided that many times over the years and the author gives some good examples, over and above the standard Watergate one I have sporadically read the Washington Post during visits to Washington, which is one reason I bought this book I do find the Washington Post to be a quality newspaper.The author is a writer for the Post, so being an insider he provides us with many insights from the reporters to the mechanics of producing a newspaper But this insider viewpoint does have its drawbacks there are so many reporters, publishers, editors, copy editors introduced through out the book that one begins to lose track of who is who Also there is a repetitive tendency to over indulge the words best , finest for reporters and stories are used abundantly But the author bypasses manufactured news like the Lewinsky Clinton imbroglio or the O.J Simpson trial These soap operas had front page coverage day after day The author gives the internet as one reason for diminishing newspaper sales and revenues and there is no doubt that this is true but has the newspaper business looked in the mirror enough If I want to see a soap opera I can look at TV or the internet and avoid physically buying the newspaper.The book also has a scattered approach much like a newspaper flitting from one topic to another There are too many anecdotal scenes was it really necessary to describe a pugilistic episode at a meeting The author mentions the current revenue and circulation crisis that newspapers are experiencing and gives the figures that the Post was losing 2 3 million per week in 2008 Obviously drastic change must occur if this business is to be viable Other companies too have had to lay off people the airline industry is one example So newspapers, like most other businesses in the last 20 30 years will also go through an intense upheaval.European newspapers like Le Monde and Le Figaro are high quality newspapers withinternational coverage than the Post They also have significantly less pages and arecostly Is this the way for newspapers in the future I confess that I am not aware of their economic viability and circulation I heard of this book some time ago, but only recently received it through interlibrary loan Kindred mainly chronicles on how The Post has tried to navigate the decline of print and rise of the internet, which is a important subject and one of special interest to me That being said, I thought the book was very disjointed and focused too much on individuals and the handling of specific stories The book was released in 2010, so it doesn t bring the story up to the present day That makes me want I heard of this book some time ago, but only recently received it through interlibrary loan Kindred mainly chronicles on how The Post has tried to navigate the decline of print and rise of the internet, which is a important subject and one of special interest to me That being said, I thought the book was very disjointed and focused too much on individuals and the handling of specific stories The book was released in 2010, so it doesn t bring the story up to the present day That makes me want to findcurrent books on the subject At the beginning of this book the author thought that he would be writing a valentine to journalism the craft he loved and practiced for over forty years but as one of his subjects, Pulitzer Prize winner Gene Weingarten, opined the book did kind of turn out to be about a great newspaper dying with dignity At the beginning of this book the author thought that he would be writing a valentine to journalism the craft he loved and practiced for over forty years but as one of his subjects, Pulitzer Prize winner Gene Weingarten, opined the book did kind of turn out to be about a great newspaper dying with dignity Yes, I absolutely was the target demographic for this book. ( DOWNLOAD KINDLE ) ☨ Morning Miracle: Inside the Washington Post A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life ♪ An in depth look at the Washington Post from a Pulitzer Prize nominated Post veteran Morning Miracle definitively answers the question Do newspapers still matter with a resounding yesWhat The Kingdom and the Power did for the New York Times, Morning Miracle will do for the Washington Post A reporter for than forty years, Dave Kindred takes you inside the heart of the legendary newspaper and offers a unique opportunity to see what it really takes to produce world class journalism every day Granted unprecedented access to every nook and cranny of the paper, including candid exchanges with its most celebrated journalists, such as Bob Woodward, Sally Quinn, David Broder, and former executive editor Ben Bradlee who gave the book its title , Kindred provides a no holds barred look at the twenty first century newsroom As it becomes difficult to maintain journalistic integrity, stay relevant in the age of blogs, and meet Wall Street s demands for profits, the newspaper than any other medium also shoulders the tremendous responsibility of acting as a watchdog for democracy Perhaps no one sums up the overwhelming challenges that face the Post and its power to endure better than the author himself It is still a miracle that you can putovercaffeinated misfits in a newsroom, on deadline, adrenaline running, secrets to spill, and before midnight a messenger delivers a smoking hot city edition to Don Graham s manse in Georgetown If you are a diehard fan of the newspaper, this is the book for you But for me, I found myself growing steadilydisinterested There s no real focus, and, though the book does seem to move in a forward direction, it feels like a slog Don t get me wrong, there were a few things I enjoyed here I truly enjoyed the firast part of the book that gave an overview of the history of the paper But after that, there wasn t much left to keep me. Charts the decline of the print edition of the Post in the online age, before the Bezos buy out Definitely for the faithful subscriber audience familiar with Post writers, editors and publishers lots of insider scoop. Interesting sort of But not what I thought Not very compelling, put down and picked up over the last few months This book s description indicates that the author answers the posed question of whether newspapers matter with a resounding YES I disagree.First, journalists writing about their craft frequently display an inordinate amount of vanity about their profession In two separate sections of his book, Kindred complies with this unwritten mandate In discussing the reporting of two major tragedies, he remarks uncritically that the Post writers on the scene 9 11 and the VaTech shootings found the ex This book s description indicates that the author answers the posed question of whether newspapers matter with a resounding YES I disagree.First, journalists writing about their craft frequently display an inordinate amount of vanity about their profession In two separate sections of his book, Kindred complies with this unwritten mandate In discussing the reporting of two major tragedies, he remarks uncritically that the Post writers on the scene 9 11 and the VaTech shootings found the experience fun.Equally troubling is his relating the decision whether the Post should publish purloined documents their disclosure, the DoD asserted, would place soldiers at risk The Post claims to know better and published the story.Journalists so love the story, it seems, that they ignore the possible casualties and the terrible reality of the moment.At a minimum, this author owed his reader some explanation, if not rationalization, of how covering so many deaths can ever be considered fun or how an editor knows better than a general responsible for the lives of those soldiers This unreal assessment of the professionals of the Post invades Kindred s paen of praise of the newsroom in the context of economic reality crashing down on newspapers There are several detailed tales of exceptional writing, research, humor and humanity the import of these descriptions is that journalists STILL can produce meaningful articles QED, newspapers still matter.While his reporting of reporting is compelling, the writer, blinded by the brilliance of his subjects, ignores that such truths cannot be sustained by the traditional patrons of such arts What can sustain this noble profession is ignored altogether is there some set of sources of income that will allow the writers to perform their admirable and important craft Newspapers have historically have been paid for by robust advertising The economics of the internet have made paper media inferior to the electronic version the eVersion is cheaper to produce and deliver as well as providing a direct link between the ad and the sale Either the Post finds the financial solution or reporters will become the modern version of cloistered monks sitting in the monestary, living a life of poverty and thinking great thoughts to themselves.The unaswered question is better posed as CAN newspapers still matter The villain of this book, Katherine Weymouth, struggles to find an answer Her ill conceived solution, her high level salons, was wrong headed, but not the wrong direction The Post, for sure, has to learn how to balance the costs of the full length stories with the new financial realities the point of equipose for this equation is not discussed Thoughtful iterations by management might find some combination of reasonable costs and adequate income.Back to Katherine s direction, the Post has latent value its collective knowledge of all things Washington is second to none It cannot charge lobbyists to attend closed, off the record salon discussions among the official power brokers, those who seek to influence those decisions and those who write the stories about the process However, the Post s cognoscenti can sit as moderators on open forums where the issues can be discussed see the Aspen Institute and derive some economic benefit therefrom Its knowledge of the mundane aspects of DC can beat Zagat on restaurants or AAA on hotels But evencreative amalgams of old school journalism and new school media, say an electronic GPS based guide for tourists who visit Washington, could generate new sources of income.These are superficial examples of how the Post could mine its wealth of knowledge and could have been the fodder for Kindred s search for an answer Theprecise question might have led to an exploration with real answers, not just morbid praise of a dead economic model I have read many articles written by Dave Kindred in the Washington Post sports pages I enjoyed what he wrote and the Pulitzer judges must have thought highly of him, too We are not kindred spirits on this, my sports muse I just couldn t wait to read this when I saw it I ve been a news junkie all my life came by it naturally since my mother was too Our political leanings were totally opposite, leading to countless debates, er, arguments about politics I grew up in the state capitol of Illinois so there was plenty to argue about, and every Sunday we went downtown to get the Chicago Tribune which only added fuel to the fire.As an adult I was a journalist myself at several newspapers through the years, only leav I just couldn t wait to read this when I saw it I ve been a news junkie all my life came by it naturally since my mother was too Our political leanings were totally opposite, leading to countless debates, er, arguments about politics I grew up in the state capitol of Illinois so there was plenty to argue about, and every Sunday we went downtown to get the Chicago Tribune which only added fuel to the fire.As an adult I was a journalist myself at several newspapers through the years, only leaving the profession for better pay in another field You can imagine then how I feel watching newspapers across the country being sold and or dying Some respected newspapers have actually become online only news outlets I read an autobiography of Katherine Graham some time ago so I already knew a lot about The Washington Post from an owner s point of view This, however, is the Post s fight for life from a reporter s point of view.Dave Kindred started out as a sportswriter which may be why I love his writing style In sports a reporter has to learn quickly how to sum up an athlete in one telling story Kindred takes that ability to the news room and the owner s office and to Bob Woodward and gets great interviews on the topic of the Post and news reporting in general I ve wondered why so few people read a daily newspaper these days Young people are so electronically wired in that they just naturally turn to the internet, their phones and so on, but I don t even see that many older people reading a paper any Last night when we stopped for a slice on our way to a basketball game, I saw a middle aged man reading The New York Times I could hardly believe my eyes The Post has an amazing number of Pulitzer prize winning reporters and feature writers, yet its subscription numbers have consistently fallen and revenues along with them.Kindred gets the background on some of the Pulitzer winning stories the mistreatment of veterans at Walter Reed Hospital, the McChrystal report on Afghanistan, the Virginia Tech shootings, andwith emphasis on how reporters got those stories Those reporters didn t just waltz in, take a few notes, and write the piece In the Walter Reed story, for instance, the two reporters spent time in Building 18 talking to patients and employees They got to know the patients and their families, secured confirmation of all information, got a photographer in to take the damning photos, and were allowed to take all the time they needed Then they wrote the story and as we all know, all Hell broke loose Anyone who saw the movie or read the book about Bernstein, Woodward, and Watergate will recognize the work involved.While these dedicated reporters were doing their job though, everyone knew their careers might be limited by the bottom line A poignant part of the book is employee buyouts, retirement packages offered to them which eventually resulted in the 800 person newsroom being reduced to under 400 Katherine Graham s son Don moved himself up out of day to day operation in favor of the only family member at the paper, his niece Katherine Weymouth Len Downie, long the managing editor and beloved by his reporters, was advised to take the buyout The whole masthead was in upheaval.This book is a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions to a newsie like me even though I suppose younger people wouldn t see it as such Kindred makes it all readable, a story of a mighty giant fallen, and although the Post survives, it is no longer that powerful force it once was Congratulations to Kindred on a book well written, one that began as a valentine to the paper and ended as an elegy to a great newspaper