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Joe Strupp to Discuss His Book ‘Killing Journalism’ at Words Bookstore & Maplewood Library

From Willow Street Press:

Maplewood’s own Joe Strupp has written his second book, a non-fiction review of the current state of news titled Killing Journalism: How Greed, Laziness (And Donald Trump) Are Destroying News And How We Can Save It (Willow Street Press).

Joe will be discussing the book and signing copies at Words Bookstore at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, and at the Maplewood Main Library on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. Find out more about the book and his events at

The book details what is really wrong with today’s news media: not the claims of liberal, slanted coverage or “fake news” but the true cutbacks in resources, revenue and in-depth reporting, along with over coverage of non-stories and under coverage of true needs and important issues. It also looks at the loss of true ombudsmen who for years would hold local news accountable, while journalists face more obstacles — from a lack of legal defense to increased government crackdowns — than ever before. Not to mention outright danger on the job.

“During my career I have seen more and more the loss of true reporting and quality journalism and the increase in hype, opinion and unbalanced news,” said Strupp. “What sells and sparks fear and anger seems to be more important than investigating issues and speaking truth to power no matter the backlash.”

Joe has more than 30 years of news experience, including 18 years on the media beat for two national publications. He also edited and produced the former website, which covered Maplewood for eight years, from 2009 to 2017, and earned two Society of Professional Journalism Awards.

In honor of the book’s publication and Joe’s past work in town, Maplewood Mayor Victor Deluca issued a proclamation in December declaring Dec. 22, 2018, as “Joe Strupp Day in Maplewood.”


Killing Journalism is a book for anyone who cares about the past, present and future of a free press in our democratic society. 

– Jim Lehrer, PBS NewsHour

Joe Strupp has written a vital book. His reporting is careful and judicious. And his writing is as clear as a church bell. Yes, Strupp’s book should be taught in journalism schools. But it deserves a broader audience.

– Ken Auletta, The New Yorker media critic

Strupp provides a much-needed voice of sanity as he surveys today’s media landscape, and all
that’s gone wrong. His knowledge and experience might even help us fix it.

– Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post media columnist

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