Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly

Founded in 1924, the Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly is a professional journal that covers research in journalism and mass communication. The journal has an audience of over 5,000 readers. The Association for Education in Journalism (and) Mass Communication publishes the journal quarterly. Dan Riffe is the journal's Editor. Ted Pease is the Book Review Editor.

Articles from Vol. 82, No. 2, Summer

An Economic Theory of Political Journalism
Significant scholarly work suggests mass media professionals largely set the voices in their coverage to mirror that of mainstream government debate. While it is a compelling assertion, this view is only intermittently supported by data. This paper suggests...
An Editorial Comment
More than half of the articles in this issue deal with communicators' perceptions, roles, and attitudes.Members of different occupations and professions often have a sense of their function or role in a work group, organization, community, or the larger...
Assessing Organizational Communication: Strategic Communication Audits
Assessing Organizational Communication: Strategic Communication Audits. CaI W. Downs and Allyson D. Adrian. New York: Guilford Press, 2004. 292 pp. $40 pbk.At first glance, Assessing Organizational Communication: Strategic Communication Audits looks...
Behind the Message: Information Strategies for Communicators
Behind the Message: Information Strategies for Communicators. Kathleen A. Hansen and Nora Paul. Boston: Pearson Education /Allyn & Bacon, 2004. 336 pp. $54 pbk.When most of us read or hear messages, we give little thought to the process that brought...
Canadian Libel and Slander Actions
Canadian Libel and Slander Actions. Roger D. McConchie and David A. Potts. Toronto, Canada: Irwin Law, 2004. 1,010 pp. $75 (Canada) pbk.QUESTION: Do U.S. journalism educators and journalists need to know Canadian law?ANSWER: Absolutely.This is especially...
Communication History in Canada
Communication History in Canada. Daniel J. Robinson, ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. 296 pp. $29.95 pbk.Although Canada has produced some of the greatest thinkers in communications-Harold Innis and Marshall McLuhan come to mind immediately-until...
Creating Television: Conversations with the People Behind 50 Years of American TV
Creating Television: Conversations with the People Behind 50 Years of American TV. Robert Kubey. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004. 523 pp. $125 hbk. $39.95 pbk.Those who really love television may have entertained this fantasy: What if I...
Defining Government Speech: Recent Approaches and the Germaneness Principle
In the last decade, the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts have fashioned the principle that the First Amendment does not limit the government's ability to determine the content of its own messages. Yet the Supreme Court has not defined what...
Different Sides of the Same Coin: Mixed Views of Public Relations Practitioners and Journalists for Strategic Conflict Management
A Web survey of 641 public relations practitioners and journalists showed that the source-reporter relationship is conflictual, involving stratagems on both sides. Coorientational analysis simultaneously showed the "mixed views" of the two professions...
Drawn to Extremes: The Use and Abuse of Editorial Cartoons
Drawn to Extremes: The Use and Abuse of Editorial Cartoons. Chris Lamb. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004. 281 pp. $29.50 hbk.On first glance, Chris Lamb's new book tells the story of the increuible shrinking editorial cartoonist. Upon further...
Entertainment-Education and Social Change: History, Research and Practice
Entertainment-Education and Social Change: History, Research and Practice. Arvind Singhal, Michael J. Cody, Everett M. Rogers, and Miguel Sabido, eds. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004. 480 pp. $99.95 pbk.The very best teachers and the most...
Examining Journalists' Perceptions and News Coverage of Stem Cell and Cloning Organizations
This study examines the relationship between credibility and news coverage of organizations involved in the stem cell and/or cloning debate. Medical, health, and science journalists were asked to rate thirty organizations on their credibility-trustworthiness,...
Faith in Reading: Religious Publishing and the Birth of Mass Media in America
Faith in Reading: Religious Publishing and the Birth of Mass Media in America. David Paul Nord. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. 224 pp. $35 pbk.A few years ago, I saw three evangelists on Bourbon Street proselytizing an inebriated adolescent...
Framed: Labor and the Corporate Media
Framed: Labor and the Corporate Media. Christopher R. Martin. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004. 262 pp. $45 hbk. $19.95 pbk.The decline of coverage related to labor and unions in the media has been well documented in both academic journals...
God Willing? Political Fundamentalism in the White House, the "War on Terror," and the Echoing Press
God Willing? Political Fundamentalism in the White House, the "War on Terror," and the Echoing Press. David Domke. London: Pluto Press, 2004. 254 pp. $75 hbk. $22.95 pbk.David Domke analyzes the role the president, public, and media played during the...
"How We Performed": Embedded Journalists' Attitudes and Perceptions towards Covering the Iraq War
A survey of embedded journalists suggests an overall positive perception of embedded reporting. While most embeds agreed their reports provided a narrow slice of the conflict, they still had a positive view of their work. Respondents also noted their...
Individual Assessment of Media Writing Student Attitudes: Recasting the Mass Communication Writing Apprehension Measure
Q Methodology was used to recast the Mass Communication Writing Apprehension Measure (MCWAM) created in 1988 and 1992 studies of students. Objectives included assessing the multidimensionality of the MCWAM and the nature of positive and negative attitudes...
International Communications: A Media Literacy Approach/New Frontiers in International Communication Theory
International Communications: A Media Literacy Approach. Art Silverblatt and Nikolai Zlobin. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2004. 312 pp. $68.95 hbk. $24.95 pbk.New Frontiers in International Communication Theory. Mehdi Semati, ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman &...
Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press/News Incorporated: Corporate Media Ownership and Its Threat to Democracy
Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press. Kristina Borjesson, ed. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2004. 462 pp. $20 pbk.News Incorporated: Corporate Media Ownership and Its Threat to Democracy. Elliot D. Cohen, ed. Amherst,...
Media Effects on Political Disengagement Revisited: A Multiple-Media Approach
Numerous studies have been conducted on whether media consumption reduces political participation. To reflect the proliferation and influence of new and nontraditional sources of political information in recent years, the present research measures the...
News Narratives and News Framing: Constructing Political Reality
News Narratives and News Framing: Constructing Political Reality. Karen S. Johnson-Cartee. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005. 371 pp. $80 hbk. $34.95 pbk.As too often happens in academic texts, the essence of this book lies after the colon in...
New York Times Coverage of Presidential Campaigns
This study investigates New York Times coverage of the Democratic and Republican general presidential campaigns from 1952-2000. Content analysis reveals that the most common topic of campaign coverage was horse race. Discussion of the candidates' character...
Online News and the Public
Online News and the Public. Michael B. Salwen, Bruce Garrison, and Paul D. Driscoll, eds. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005. 404 pp. $39.95 pbk.A decade after the PaIo Alto Weekly introduced the first online newspaper, what use are news organizations...
Political Disagreement: The Survival of Diverse Opinions within Communication Networks
Political Disagreement: The Survival of Diverse Opinions Within Communication Networks. Robert Huckfeldt, Paul E. Johnson, and John Sprague. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004. 270 pp. $70 hbk. $26.99 pbk.This book explores what it deems a paradox...
Radio Active: Advertising and Consumer Activism, 1935-1947
Radio Active: Advertising and Consumer Activism, 1935-1947. Kathy M. Newman. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2004. 250 pp. $55 hbk. $21.95 pbk.This cultural history by Kathy M. Newman, an associate professor of English at Carnegie Mellon...
Refuge of a Scoundrel: The Patriot Act in Libraries
Refuge of a Scoundrel: The Patriot Act in Libraries. Herbert N. Foerstel. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2004. 232 pp. $35 hbk.Three lessons are foremost in this book. First, the Bush administration's domestic war on terror threatens the civil liberties...
Television and Child Development
Television and Child Development, 3d ed. Judith Van Evra. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004. 302 pp. $29.95 pbk.Television and other electronic visual media (i.e., Internet, VCRs, DVDs, cable, music videos, computer and video games) have...
The Effect of Content Mix on Circulation Penetration for U.S. Daily Newspapers
For a generation, the U.S. newspaper industry has suffered from stagnant circulation performance and declining penetration, but some papers manage to maintain healthy penetration. This project investigated whether content mix could account for the variance...
The Media in Question
The Media in Question. Robert Ferguson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. 203 pp. $24.95 pbk.Robert Ferguson's goal is to mount a "vigorous defence" of media and cultural studies; to assess recent reappraisals of the purpose and role of media...
"The Penalty Is Death": U.S. Newspaper Coverage of Women's Executions
"The Penalty is Death": U.S. Newspaper Coverage of Women's Executions. Marlin Shipman. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2002. 350 pp. $34.95 pbk.More than fodder for an egghead's version of "Girls Gone Wild," this collection of more than a...
The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age
The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age. Philip Meyer. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2004. 279 pp. $49.95 hbk. $24.95 pbk.The Vanishing Newspaper is a lucid presentation of Philip Meyer's research and conjecture...
Using News Abstracts to Represent News Agendas
Many scholars rely upon the Vanderbilt Television News Index and Abstracts to represent the topics covered by network broadcast news. Earlier research has shown that the Abstracts do not adequately capture the evaluative tone of news, but the degree...
Variations on a Theme: The Professional Role Conceptions of Print and Online Newspaper Journalists
A national survey (N=655) examining the professional role conceptions of print and online newspaper journalists revealed the print group perceived the Interpretive/Investigative role as significantly more important than the online group. No significant...
Watching Jim Crow: The Struggles over Mississippi TV, 1955-1969/revolution Televised: Prime Time and the Struggle for Black Power
Watching Jim Crow: The Struggles Over Mississippi TV, 1955-1969. Steven D. Classen. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004. 288 pp. $21.95pbk.Revolution Televised: Prime Time and the Struggle for Black Power. Christine Acham. Minneapolis, MN: University...