Losing the News

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Losing the News: The Future of the News That Feeds Democracy by Alex Jones was published in 2009 by Oxford University Press.[1] Alex Jones was at the time director of Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy.[2]


Jones cites "The Iron Core" of journalism as a "sphere of pitted iron, grey and imperfect like a large cannonball". This iron core is the aggregate of all professional journalism done by news organizations. It is not the editorials, opinions or the entertainment section. Jones states that while no one has ever measured the amount of iron core news in print media, he believes only about 15% of print media is the iron core news, this number being slightly higher during times of national crisis.[3]

Jones dedicates a chapter of the book to Newspapers on the Brink. This is central to his theme that print media is being lost in the wake of technology and with it professional journalism.[4]


  1. ^ Losing the News: The Future of the News That Feeds Democracy, Oxford University Press 2009
  2. ^ Harvard Kennedy School Faculty and Staff Directory
  3. ^ Losing the News page 14
  4. ^ Losing the News page 151

External links[edit]

  • HKS Faculty/Staff - Alex Jones [1]
  • Losing the News website [2]