Journalism & Mass Communication Educator

Focuses on learning and teaching, curriculum, educational leadership, and related exploration of higher education in relation to journalism. Articles draw from theoretical approaches and methodological perspectives and provides new questions, evidence and educational practices.

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 2, Summer

Becoming More Critical When Teaching about News Values: Philosophy and Practice in Museums and Textbooks
What is news? That's a question that journalism practitioners, educators, and students ask and answer routinely. Sometimes the question and answers are explicit, as in instruction and discussion. Other times they are implicit, as in news selection and...
Covering Iowa: The History of the Des Moines Register and Tribune Company 1849-1985
Friedricks, William B. (2000). Covering Iowa: The History of the Des Moines Register and Tribune Company 1849-1985. Ames: Iowa State University Press. 307 pp. hardback, $44.96 Few newspapers can proudly claim to serve their entire state, but the Des...
Deadly Persuasion: Why Women and Girls Must Fight the Addictive Power of Advertising
Kilbourne, Jean (1999). Deadly Persuasion: Why Women and Girls Must Fight the Addictive Power of Advertising. New York: The Free Press. 366 pp. hardback, $26. Jean Kilbourne, probably best known for her videos, `Killing Us Softly" and "Slim Hopes," and...
Eastern European Journalism before, during and after Communism
Augment, J., Bross, P., Hiebert, R., Johnson, O. V., and Mills, D. (1999). Eastern European journalism Before, During and After Communism. Crosskill, N.J.: Hampton Press, Inc. paperback $21.95. This ambitious work undertakes a comparative study of the...
Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Mass Media Ethics Course
At a time when numerous audience surveys report significant loss in mass media credibility and when celebrity Internet reporters accept mediocre accuracy rates, there appears to be a renewed enthusiasm across the media profession for instruction in ethical...
Image Politics: The New Rhetoric of Environmental Activism
DeLuca, Kevin Michael (1999). Image Politics: The New Rhetoric of Environmental Activism. New York: The Guilford Press. 203 pp. hardback, $30. First and foremost, this is an ambitious project. DeLuca mentions in his acknowledgments that this book evolved...
Improving Media Writing with Ability Groups
Instructors sometimes mutter the following phrase after they've graded a stack of papers from a media writing class: "Students can either write, or they can't." Does this mean that only "good" student writers can do well in a media writing class? And...
Mass Media Education in Transition: Preparing for the 21st Century
Dickson, Tom. (2000) Mass Media Education in Transition: Preparing for the 21st Century. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 283 pp. hardcover, $59.95. Dickson's examination of media education and where it is going in the 21st century starts with...
Media Organizations in Society
Curran, James, ed. (2000). Media Organizations in Society. New York: Oxford University Press. 292 pp. paperback $19.95. Curran and his contributors view some of the most salient media related issues of the early 21st century thorough an international...
Print, Broadcast and Online Convergence in the Newsroom
Many colleges and universities training student journalists in campus media organizations are considering converging print, broadcast, and online into one organization to adapt to industry trends and the new technological environment. Some are asking...
Public Relations as Relationship Management: A Relational Approach to the Study and Practice of Public Relations
Ledingham, John A. and Stephen D. Bruning, eds. (2000). Public Relations as Relationship Management: A Relational Approach to the Study and Practice of Public Relations. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 255 pp. paperback, $27.50. This volume...
Readings on Religion as News
Judith Buddenbaum and Debra Mason, eds. (2000). Readings on Religion as News. Ames: Iowa State University Press. 501 pp. paperback, $36.95. The topic for this book is a nobrainer - or should be. Religion as news? Journalism historians know well the foundational...
Reinventing Journalism Curricula for the Electronic Environment
The advent of new communication technologies, especially the Internet and World Wide Web, has brought forth a set of opportunities and challenges for traditional media professions, such as journalism. This challenging new context is evident from the...
Research in Mass Communication: A Practical Guide
Poindexter, Paula M. and McCombs, Maxwell E. (2000). Research in Mass Communication: A Practical Guide. Boston: St. Martin's. 451 pp. hardcover, $53. One of the ongoing challenges that professionally oriented journalism and mass communication programs...
State Free Expression Laws and Scholastic Press Censorship
Perhaps no judicial decision affecting the nation's scholastic press has received more attention from researchers than the Supreme Court's 1988 Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier ruling, which allowed school administrators to censor school publications...
Teaching Civic Journalism: Integrating Theory and Practice
I could no longer avoid the conclusion that students in my civic journalism class were favoring homeless people in a dispute with local merchants over an anti-panhandling ordinance. Two students had taken to begging for spare change to write first-person...
The Business of Journalism: Ten Leading Reporters and Editors on the Perils and Pitfalls of the Press
Serrin, William (ed.). (2000). The Business of Journalism: Ten Leading Reporters and Editors on the Perils and Pitfalls of the Press. New York: New Press. 203 pp. paperback $17.95. This book, a collection of talks given at New York University's journalism...
The Pitfalls of Cyberspace and Electronic Database Research: Who Sells What to Whom for Which Audience?
A book publisher's Web site has a line drawing from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland that shows the Cheshire cat perched on a tree branch as Alice gazes up quizzically. A sign above the cat identifies it as "New Media" and a quotation...
The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-Line Pioneers
Standage, Tom (1999). The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers. New York: Berkeley Books. 228 pp. paperback, $22 This entertaining history is practically a parable, offering insight into...
Watch IT: The Risks and Promises of Information Technologies
Burbules, Nicholas C. and Thomas A. Callister Jr. (2000). Watch IT. The Risks and Promises of Information Technologies. Boulder, Colo.: Westview. 188 pp. paperback, $24. The struggle to keep up with incessantly changing technology is one of biggest challenges...