Journalist Stephen Shepard on the Radical Changes In News Reporting
Stephen B. Shepard, former editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek and founding dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, discusses his memoir on journalism at a time of radical disruption, Deadlines and Disruption: The Turbulent Path From Print to Digital.
He chronicles his nearly 50 years in the news business—landing his first job as a reporter, finding stories, meeting deadlines, and working his way up to become editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek, where he presided over some of the most important stories of the age. Primarily, though, this is a story of upheaval, transition and the future of news. When Shepard stepped down from BusinessWeek in 2005, journalism was already being transformed by the Internet. At an age when most people retire, Shepard jumped back into the middle of it all. As founder and dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, he is on the front lines of training the new generation of journalists.
“This is a personal and insightful book about one of the most important questions of our time: how will journalism make the transition to the digital age? Steve Shepard made that leap bravely when he went from being a great magazine editor to the first dean of the City University of New York journalism school. His tale is filled with great lessons for us all.”—Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs