Kogan Page, $24.95, Pages: 242 | ISBN: 978-0-7494-6651-0
examines what he
calls the "perfect storm" of the fragile newspaper industry, in which falling circulations, reduced advertising revenue, rising print costs and the impact of "citizen journalists" and free news aggregators have all combined to create upheaval in the news business.
has an optimistic outlook on journalism's future, something refreshing in this age of doom and gloom.
says the shift from the print product to online news has created a transformative change in journalism and it needs to be rethought on a global scale.
Brock looks at some of the key issues in transforming to the digital age, from phone-hacking scandals and the Leveson inquiry to the impact of social media on news and its expectations.
But by looking back at history, Brock
shows that journalism has and can again adapt to these massive shifts.
points to the wobbly beginnings and quick innovation that drove news journalism for more than 300 years before the maturation and slow decline of the business in the 1900s.
believes that the newspaper industry is cyclical in nature and that the current disruptions are part of a long evolution, that though there are problems with the current business model, history has shown that there is a future for print journalism.
Brock is a professor at City University London, where he heads the Graduate School of Journalism.
He has worked for the Observer and The (London) Times, where he was foreign editor, managing editor and Saturday editor.