“The brilliant Breaking News is essential–and entertaining–reading for anyone who cares a whit about the hallmark of a democratic state being more than a lavatory wall.” —Harold Evans, The Guardian
Breaking News is an urgent account of the revolution that has upended the news business, written by one of the most accomplished journalists of our time. In the following video, Rusbridger discusses how drastic technological and cultural shifts over the last few years have radically altered journalism, as well as his experience living through this revolution during his twenty years spent editing The Guardian and transforming it into the most visited serious English-language newspaper site in the world. He oversaw an extraordinary run of world-shaking scoops, including the exposure of phone hacking by London tabloids, the Wikileaks release of U.S.diplomatic cables, and later the revelation of Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency files. At the same time, Rusbridger helped The Guardian become a pioneer in Internet journalism, stressing free access and robust interactions with readers.
Here, Rusbridger vividly observes the media’s transformation from close range while also offering a vital assessment of the risks and rewards of practicing journalism in a high-impact, high-stress time.
Alan Rusbridger was editor in chief of Guardian News and Media from 1995 to 2015. He is the author of Play It Again: An Amateur Against the Impossible and is currently chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.