Restless Genius: Barney Kilgore, The Wall Street Journal, and the Invention of Modern Journalism

Restless Genius Barney Kilgore The Wall Street Journal and the Invention of Modern Journalism The story of the man who transformed The Wall Street Journal and modern mediaIn Barney Kilgore fresh from college in small town Indiana took a sleepy near bankrupt New York financial paper Th

  • Title: Restless Genius: Barney Kilgore, The Wall Street Journal, and the Invention of Modern Journalism
  • Author: Richard J. Tofel
  • ISBN: 9780312536749
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The story of the man who transformed The Wall Street Journal and modern mediaIn 1929, Barney Kilgore, fresh from college in small town Indiana, took a sleepy, near bankrupt New York financial paper The Wall Street Journal and turned it into a thriving national newspaper that eventually was worth 5 billion to Rupert Murdoch Kilgore then invented a national weekly newspapeThe story of the man who transformed The Wall Street Journal and modern mediaIn 1929, Barney Kilgore, fresh from college in small town Indiana, took a sleepy, near bankrupt New York financial paper The Wall Street Journal and turned it into a thriving national newspaper that eventually was worth 5 billion to Rupert Murdoch Kilgore then invented a national weekly newspaper that was a precursor of many trends we see playing out in journalism now.Tofel brings this story of a little known pioneer to life using many previously uncollected newspaper writings by Kilgore and a treasure trove of letters between Kilgore and his father, all of which detail the invention of much of what we like best about modern newspapers By focusing on the man, his journalism, his foresight, and his business acumen, Restless Genius also sheds new light on the Depression and the New Deal.At a time when traditional newspapers are under increasing threat, Barney Kilgore s story offers lessons that need constant retelling.

    One thought on “Restless Genius: Barney Kilgore, The Wall Street Journal, and the Invention of Modern Journalism”

    1. I found this biography very interesting. Barney Kilgore's understanding of the customer's (reader's)needs is what helped him develop the nationwide scope of the Wall Street Journal. I was also impressed with the DePauw University/journalism connection. Good read.

    2. This is the story of an innovative man who shaped the Wall Street Journal into the publication that we now know.

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