(Long ago dubbed the fourth branch of government, the Amer...)
Long ago dubbed the fourth branch of government, the American press remains to most of the general public an inscrutable enterprise whose influence and behavior are alternately welcomed and maligned; yet the proper functioning of a democracy depends upon a media-literate populace to act as the ultimate watchdog. With wit and authority, John Hamilton and George Krimsky lead readers through the whirl of print journalism. They offer a curiosity-satisfying blend of explanation and interpretation, history, anecdotes aplenty, and statistical analysis to show what's wrong and what works with today's newspapers.
(Making Freedom is the first in-depth exploration of the l...)
Making Freedom is the first in-depth exploration of the life of Venture Smith (1728–1805), a New England slave who was sold into bondage as a boy in Africa and labored for nearly a quarter-century before purchasing his own freedom and transforming himself into a highly respected American citizen. Drawing on years of research and documentation, including Venture Smith’s rare personal autobiography, Saint and Krimsky vividly recount the extraordinary challenges he overcame. They cast a rare light on what it was like to be an African American in the north during the Colonial era. This story’s relevance today prompted the BBC to produce a documentary on scholars’ efforts to learn more about Venture Smith, his life, and family. The book includes a wealth of illustrations, a timeline, and Smith’s original 1798 narrative in facsimile form.
Krimsky graduated in 1960 from The Gunnery Prep School. He attended Middlebury College since 1960 till 1962.
Krimsky joined the Army in 1962. Following three years of military service, during which he studied Russian and lived in Germany, he returned home and took a job as a reporter for The Republican newspaper in Waterbury, Connecticut.
In 1969 he began working for the Associated Press in Los Angeles. Krimsky served 16 years with the Associated Press, reporting from Los Angeles, New York, the Soviet Union and the Middle East. Following his overseas service, he was appointed head of AP’s World Services News Department. In 1984, he left the AP to found ICFJ, originally known as the Center for Foreign Journalists. After 11 years as its first president, Krimsky returned to his home state of Connecticut as an independent consultant, later serving in Central Asia as a media trainer for the Center.
He then returned to his journalistic roots in Connecticut by writing a column for his hometown newspaper.
Krimsky is the co-author (with ICFJ Board Treasurer John Maxwell Hamilton) of a 1995 book entitled Hold the Press, aimed at explaining the American newspaper industry to a general audience, and a book about a New England slave who earned his freedom in the 18th century.
(Long ago dubbed the fourth branch of government, the Amer...)1996
(Making Freedom is the first in-depth exploration of the l...)2009
Krimsky was married to Paula Gibson. They had 2 children - Alissa Dana and Michael Jerrold.