The Power and the Story

John Lloyd

RRP: £25.00

17 August 2017

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782393597

RRP: £12.99

17 August 2017

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782393610

In this sweeping global survey, one of Britain’s most distinguished journalists and media commentators analyses for the first time the state of journalism worldwide as it enters the post-truth age.

From the decline of the newspaper in the West and the simultaneous threats posed by fake news and President Trump, to the part that Facebook and Twitter played in the Arab revolts and the radical openness stimulated by WikiLeaks, and from the vast political power of Rupert Murdoch’s News International and the merger of television and politics in Italy, to the booming, raucous and sometimes corrupt Indian media and the growing self-confidence of African journalism, John Lloyd examines the technological shifts, the political changes and the market transformations through which journalism is currently passing.

The Power and the Story offers a fascinating insight into a trade that has claimed the right to hold power to account and the duty to make the significant interesting – while making both the first draft of history, and a profit.


Magisterial... A free press and free broadcasting - off- or online - is not some optional extra. It is vital, but also beset by dangers; and Lloyd, with scholarship and energy, lays many of them bare.Observer
Peter Preston

Exceptionally wide-ranging and informative... Lloyd does an impressive job in showing how journalism is vulnerable to the power of the state and the market.John Gray
New Statesman

Superb... Despite the brief opening for liberalism after the Cold War and the promise of digital democracy, journalism finds itself ever more constrained by politicians and their accomplices. In a magisterial sweep Lloyd demonstrates how other pressures, such as violence, secrecy, corruption and commercialisation, are threatening the public purpose of journalism... He has an eye for both detail and the bigger picture and his case studies and analysis reflect the complex and dynamic recent histories of journalism and politics.Charlie Beckett
Literary Review

Investigative journalism is the life-blood of democracy. In the digital age, the orthodox press struggles to survive and has to compete with a dazzling variety of websites, many sourced for free. What are the implications for politics? Is truth itself a casualty? This magisterial book offers a nuanced and compelling treatment of these essential issues, setting them in historical context.Anthony Giddens, Former director, London School of Economics

John Lloyd is a master journalist with serious insights into the changing dynamics of his field. The Power and the Story illuminates the ways in which governments across the globe cooperate, collude, control and clash with the press.Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

John Lloyd is not only one of the finest experts on journalism; he is also a practitioner. His unique insight takes us around the world for an illuminating and enlightening voyage through the old and new challenges facing journalists. In an age of rising authoritarianism, technological disruptions and alternative facts, John Lloyd makes a powerful case for the necessity of independent, strong journalism. For anyone concerned about the future of truth, freedom and information, this makes for fascinating and indispensable reading - wherever you live.'Sylvie Kauffmann, Editorial Director, Le Monde