Michael Janeway

Michael Janeway, director of the National Arts Journalism Program and professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, is the author of Republic of Denial: Press, Politics and Public Life, recently published by Yale University Press. Janeway was formerly dean of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, editor of The Boston Globe, and executive editor of The Atlantic Monthly.

Recent Articles

Breaking the Newsroom

In the making of modern southern California in the mid-decades of the century, the Chandler family's Los Angeles Times called the shots. It made and unmade congressmen, senators, governors; it set a good deal of their policy agendas; it put Richard Nixon into the political big time. It professionalized itself, evolving from publisher's power tool to quality newspaper of national stature; its circulation flowed across state lines. As Times Mirror Corporation in the 1970s and 1980s—buying up major papers in Baltimore, Dallas, Denver, Hartford, and Long Island—the empire the Chandlers built dominated the fast-moving news business merger-and-acquisitions game. In October The Los Angeles Times, seething within, trying and failing to recover lost ground on a depressed news business landscape, became the target of universal ridicule. Two years ago, Times Mirror CEO Mark Willes, having pledged quantum leaps upward in his news papers' circulation and profitability, barely concealing contempt...