Bill Kovach was editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Washington bureau chief for the New York Times and curator of the Nieman Journalism Fellowship program at Harvard. He was founding chairman of The Committee of Concerned Journalists.
Tom Rosenstiel is executive director of the American Press Institute, founder of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, a former media critic for the Los Angeles Times, and chief congressional correspondent for Newsweek. He and Kovach have written two other books together.
"At a time when technological and financial forces are creating
formidable challenges to journalism's traditional values, Kovach
and Rosenstiel have written an immensely valuable primer on who we
are, what we do, and how we should do it."
-- David Halberstam
"The Elements of Journalism is a remarkable book that
does a superb job of describing the problems, articulating the
values, outlining the risks, and offering understandable and
practical ways to respond to the difficulties of the present state
of journalism. The Elements of Journalism ought to become
required reading for every institution (and individual) engaged in
-- Neil Rudenstine, President, Harvard University
"Of the many books that have been written about reporting the
news, this one best captures the shortcomings, subtleties, and
possibilities of modern journalism. It deserves to become as
indispensable to journalists and journalism students as The
Elements of Style."
-- Tom Goldstein, Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University
"In an age when partisan rancor and ratings-driven showmanship
have crowded out the more subtle virtues of solid journalism, Tom
Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach provide a timely refresher course in the
importance of press fundamentals. They remind us that at its best,
journalism is a high public calling, and all those who practice it
have a deeper obligation to their readers and viewers than to the
demands of the market."
-- David Talbot, editor-in-chief, Salon.com