David M. Ryfe is professor and director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. He has published widely in the areas of presidential communication, public deliberation, and the history and sociology of news. His most recent book, Can Journalism Survive? An inside look in American newsrooms (Polity, 2012), was one of three finalists for the AEJMC Tankard Best Book of the Year Award. He is currently working on a project titled, Journalism and the Public (Polity, forthcoming) and a separate study that is tracking the growth of regional online news systems in the United States.