By Alfonsina Venegas
Published: March 20th, 2019
Award-winning journalist and Brooklyn College alum Joe Strupp spoke last week at the Student Center. Strupp presented his new book “Killing Journalism: How greed, Laziness, (and Donald Trump) are Destroying News and How We can save it” to an audience of Journalism students.
“Joe was my student here over 30 years ago, so do the math. This dinosaur has been trotting New York for a very long time” said Professor Anthony Mancini, smiling. “Joe learned from me and professor Bruce Porter. I assume you guys want to be journalists someday, so this is a very important book for you to read because it will give you a kind of blueprint to where journalism is and where is going”.
“We are not dead yet”, said Strupp, about the rather pessimistic title of his book.
Strupp graduated from Brooklyn College in 1988 with a major in Broadcast Journalism. His first job was at the Daily Journal, an old newspaper in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Later, he moved to California, and worked at three different newspapers for nine years. Strupp started freelancing for Editor & Publisher magazine which covered the newspaper industry as a trade magazine, with a very focused audience.
After that, he went to work at Media Matters for America, a journalism watchdog group that covers conservative media. At those two last jobs, Strupp started to cover media more, and he found that a lot of their claims against reporters, that they are liberal, left- wing communists, news slanting, terrible people, wasn’t the problem with journalism.
“In doing my reporting on the media for the last 18 years, I found that, while we are not all left-wing communist sympathizing slanted news low lives, we are having problems in the business, and one of those problems are cut backs,” he said. “There are a lot fewer journalists today than there were 10 years ago. There is less support for journalism. There are fewer newspapers.”
Many online news outlets are not doing the kind of reporting that used to be done. They are stripping down the product to make more money, Strupp said.
Strupp claimed that nowadays there’s a lot more “breaking news” that try to catch audiences, viewers and readers, over getting in-depth reporting. But it’s not all bad, Strupp says. One of the hopes he has in non-profit news, ProPublica standing among the “king” of them, Strupp asserts.
Strupp’s book proves to be very informative and up-to date. It’s an important book to read by journalists, especially today, an era in which the president has unfairly attacked the press, championing the idea that the media spreads “fake news”.
“I like to say I’m a reporter because I am nosy,” he said. “I like to find things out, I’m curious.”