No Longer Newsworthy

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Until the recent political shift pushed workers back into the media spotlight, the mainstream media had largely ignored this significant part of American society in favor of the moneyed “upscale” consumer for more than four decades. Christopher R. Martin now reveals why and how the media lost sight of the American working class and the effects of it doing so.

Now, with our fractured society and news media, Martin offers the mainstream media recommendations for how to push back against right-wing media and once again embrace the working class as critical to its audience and its democratic function.

From Cornell University Press/ILR Press; Also available as an audiobook.

News, Reviews, Acclaim

“Outstanding Academic Titles, 2019,” Choice, December 2019.
“Every year in the December issue, in print and online, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library communityThe list is quite selective: it contains approximately ten percent of some 6,000 works reviewed in Choice each year.”

Newmark Journalism School, “Hillman Foundation Launches ‘Reporting the U.S. Workplace’ at Newmark J-School,” October 7, 2019.
The reporting in No Longer Newsworthy was cited in the formation of “a unique training program for reporters aimed at improving the country’s understanding of issues around work and labor.” The book is one of the foundational texts for students of the ‘Reporting the U.S. Workplace” program sponsored by the Hillman Foundation and hosted by the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

“The Top 75 Community College Titles: September Edition,” Choice, September 26, 2019. The best of all the titles appropriate for two-year colleges reviewed in the September issue of Choice.

(Review) Choice, September 2019, vol. 57 no. 1. “This book about journalism is also an example of what journalism should be…Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers.”

Carla Murphy, “Why We Need a Working-Class Media,” Dissent, Fall 2019. Co-published in the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, October 7, 2019.

(Review) Gary Roth, H-Net Reviews, JHistory, September 2019.

Christopher R. Martin, “The News Media’s Blind Spots Covering the Working Class,” Working-Class Perspectives, September 23, 2019.

Mike Elk, “Opinion: In This Economy, Every Day Should Be Labor Day,” Buzzfeed, September 2, 2019.

Mike Elk, “In the Media, Every Day Should Be Labor Day,” Payday Report, September 2, 2019.

Christopher R. Martin, “How Writing Off the Working Class Has Hurt the Mainstream Media,” Nieman Reports, August 27, 2019.

Christopher R. Martin, “America’s Invisible Working Class,” Bleeding Heartland, July 31, 2019.

Ryan Smith, “Newspapers Won’t Save Us,” Jacobin, June 6, 2019.

(Review) Timothy Francisco, Journal of Working-Class Studies 4(1), June 2019, 206-208.

WORT, 89.9 FM, Madison, Wisconsin, Labor Radio interview, May 16, 2019 (starts 11:07).

Christopher R. Martin, “What the Mainstream Media Overlooks in the ‘Sunny’ New Employment Figures,” Sage House News: The Cornell University Press Blog, May 8, 2019.

Cornell Press 1869 Podcast: Ep. 70 with Christopher Martin, author of No Longer Newsworthy, April 18, 2019. (22:38)

Christopher R. Martin, “Will Democrats Reach Rural Workers in 2020?” Working-Class Perspectives, April 8, 2019.

(Review) Luke Savage, “The Real Working Class Is Invisible to the Media,” Jacobin, March 2019.

Steven Greenhouse, “Through the Working Class,” Columbia Journalism Review, Winter 2019.

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