Newspaperman: Inside the News Business at The Wall Street Journal

Newspaperman: Inside the News Business at The Wall Street Journal

by Warren Phillips


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An inside look at America’s largest newspaper—The Wall Street Journal

”Phillips offers fascinating insights about American business, politics, and journalism. He traveled in the circles of CEOs, U.S. presidents, prime ministers, and royalty; always at his core he was a reporter. That is the beauty of Newspaperman.”
—Vernon E. Jordan Jr., civil rights leader; senior managing director, Lazard Freres & Company; adviser to President Bill Clinton

“[Phillips] captures the fabulous stories of a scrawny, precocious boy from reporter to publisher and then CEO, participating in and then presiding over the Journal’s years of greatest growth.”
—Joan Konner, Dean Emerita, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

“Phillips fell in love with newspapers when he was a boy. He’s still infatuated but he doesn’t skip over his tough times or mistakes. That’s what makes Newspaperman such a telling guide to the newsroom and to the top office in the executive suite.”
—Lou Boccardi, former president and chief executive, Associated Press; former chairman, Pulitzer Prize Board

“This lovely book recounts the life of a wise, thoughtful, and admired newspaper editor and publisher. The tiny Wall Street Journal Warren Phillips joined grew up to be a giant. Newspaperman tells that story.”
—Donald E. Graham, chairman and chief executive, The Washington Post Company

“[Phillips provides] perceptive commentaries on Germany, Greece, Turkey, England, Spain, China, Russia, and the Middle East. All is told with modest good humor, but repeatedly emphasizes the need for integrity and high standards.”
—George B. Munroe, retired chairman and chief executive, Phelps Dodge Corporation

“The story of a boy born in Brooklyn, a reporter, an editor, a publisher, a corporate executive, and now the author of a fascinating book.”
—James Q. Riordan, former vice chairman, Mobil Corporation

“In spite of a few hiccups, honestly related here, Dow Jones was rated by Fortune magazine as the second most-admired company in the United States, and so proved that an outstanding newspaperman can also achieve enormous success as a business builder and leader.”
—Hamish Maxwell, former chairman and CEO, Philip Morris Companies Inc.

“A memoir from a man who helped transform The Wall Street Journal from a local newspaper to a global operation.. . . Throughout the book, Phillips looks at his part in shaping the Journal’s news and editorial coverage, and these sections provide insight into his highly successful methods. The author includes many anecdotes culled from his diaries, some very funny, which illustrate the variegated aspects of his life and the people who shared in it.. . . A well-rounded autobiography about the journalism industry and the people who shaped the news over the past 50 years.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“The sections about the rise of the Wall Street Journal's quality and influence are fascinating - for journalists and non-journalists alike.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

”Phillips provides an arresting retrospective on modern world history that general readers will find informative and delightful.”

About the Book

When Warren Phillips was eleven years old, his father took him on a guided tour of the New York Daily News, where he got his first look at the frenzied yet surprisingly ordered and controlled world of newspaper publishing. He saw everything from the industrial printing presses churning out newspapers at astonishing speeds to reporters hunched over their typewriters, writing the very stories those presses would be producing within hours—or even minutes. Phillips was hooked. He knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life.

Newspaperman tells the story of how an immigrant’s shy son from Queens, New York, rose to the top of his industry powered by little more than passion, brains, and hard work. Phillips began his career working as a copyboy for the New York Herald Tribune for sixteen dollars a week—and ended it as publisher of The Wall Street Journal and CEO of its parent corporation, Dow Jones & Company.

The life story of Warren Phillips is the story of the American newspaper business. Here, the details of his vast experience come together to create a broad picture of the newspaper business— revealing how news is discovered, reported, edited, published, and disseminated. Sharing vivid tales of working as a reporter around the world and describing the many colorful characters he meets along the way, Phillips provides a level of insight that only a leading figure in the industry could offer.

Newspaperman gives you an up-close look at one of the most influential people in the history of The Wall Street Journal—and an unprecedented view of the business, from its rapid modernization during the post–WWII , cold war era to the early years of digital publishing and the rise of the Internet, which may mark the decline of the printed page forever. Phillips’s entertaining, penetrating, and impressively detailed account is a must-read for both devotees of America’s most iconic business publication and anyone with an interest in how news is reported.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071776905
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 08/22/2011
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Warren H. Phillips worked at The Wall Street Journal as proofreader, copydesk hand, rewriteman, foreign correspondent, foreign editor, and Chicago editor before becoming managing editor at age thirty. He was later promoted to publisher and CEO of its parent corporation, Dow Jones & Company. Phillips has also served as President of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board. He and his wife live in Bridgehampton, NY, and Palm Beach, FL.

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Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
Atlanta, Georgia- A highlight of my day is to read a crisp and fresh copy of the Wall Street Journal. Their reporting is enlightening, informative, and insightful. I hope that this current high standard is a reflection from Warren Phillips who was a former publisher of The Wall Street Journal. In his book Warren Phillips, this newsman who started as a copyboy and his career span all the way the top, shares a memoir of a rich life. His life begins in Queens with hard working immigrant folks who gave him the freedom to dream. It was at 11, after taking a tour of the New York Daily News with his father, that he decided to go into the newspaper business. Phillips was a first hand witness to the aftermaths of War World II. He traveled all over the world and was one of the first western reporters to visit China. On interesting experience was when he presided over the first time they send via satellite a full copy of the newspaper to Europe. The feat then allowed within minutes that transmitted information be used to print a copy of the paper locally. This expanded the reach of up to date news. It seems like ancient history now with the internet, but this was a big deal then. Phillips candidly shares his problems with mental health and how he sought treatment after being able shake the sadness. He interacted with Presidents and was up close and personal within the hall of the political conventions. His career spanned a transformation period of the news business but the book is about the making of good journalist. After he retired from the newspaper he opened an independent publishing house seeking to put in print good books.