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. 3, Autumn

Accuracy Matters: A Cross-Market Assessment of Newspaper Error and Credibility
A survey of 4,800 news sources cited in fourteen newspapers provides a cross-market assessment of newspaper accuracy and the effect of errors on newspaper credibility. Sources found errors in 61% of local news and feature stories, an inaccuracy rate...
An Editorial Comment
Images of destruction and human suffering in the wake of disasters like the earthquake-spawned tsunami and the hurricanes that hit the United States' Gulf Coast remind us of the "selective lens" that the news media provide. That lens may focus on the...
Commitment to Newspaper-TV Partnering: A Test of the Impact of Institutional Isomorphism
This study uses institutional theory from the study of organizations to explore the degree to which newspapers and TV stations pursue partnerships for concrete benefits, and the degree to which they pursue them to keep up with perceived trends in the...
Comparing Political Communication: Theories, Cases, and Challenges
Comparing Political Communication: Theories, Cases, and Challenges. Frank Esser and Barbara Pfetsch, eds. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004. 436 pp. $75 hbk. $29.99 pbk.Political communication is a booming area of communication research, yet...
Covering Politics: A Handbook for Journalists/The Two W's of Journalism: The Why and What of Public Affairs Reporting
Covering Politics: A Handbook for Journalists. Rob Armstrong. Ames, IA: Blackwell Publishing, 2004. 297 pp. $34.99 pbk.The Two W's of Journalism: The Why and What of Public Affairs Reporting. Davis Merritt and Maxwell McCombs. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum...
Electing Justice: Fixing the Supreme Court Nomination Process
Electing Justice: Fixing the Supreme Court Nomination Process. Richard Davis. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. 211 pp. $28 hbk.In this timely and thoughtful book, Richard Davis argues that news coverage has so dramatically changed the United...
Farewell, Godspeed: The Greatest Eulogies of Our Time
Farewell, Godspeed: The Greatest Eulogies of Our Time. Cyrus Copeland, ed. New York: Harmony Books, 2003. 336 pp. $18.95 hbk.Copeland's book illustrates well that famous line from Forrest Gump: "Momma always said life was like a box of chocolates. You...
Flash Journalism: How to Create Multimedia News Packages
Flash Journalism: How to Create Multimedia News Packages. Mindy McAdams. Burlington, MA: Focal Press, 2005. 520 pp. $49.95 pbk.You might say they were gone in a flash-the days, that is, when it was easy to teach online journalism. For a brief time when...
Front Page: Covers of the Twentieth Century/Surprise Me: Editorial Design/Modern Magazine Design/Graphis Magazine Design I/Best of Graphis: Editorial/Magazine Editorial Graphics/MagCulture: New Magazine Design/Designing for Magazines: Common Problems, Realistic Solutions/Magazine Design That Works: Secrets for Successful Magazine Design/Issues: New Magazine Design
Front Page: Covers of the Twentieth Century. Stéphane Duperray and Raphaële Vidaling. London: Weidenfield & Nicolson (Orion Publishing Group Ltd.), 2003. 191 pp. $29.95 hbk.Surprise Me: Editorial Design. Horst Moser. New York: Mark Batty Publisher,...
Letters
To The Editor:In the abstract of the article "The Effect of Content Mix on Circulation Penetration for U.S. Newspapers," which ran in the summer 2005 issue of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Professor Rosenberry states, ". . . content...
Linking Dimensions of Internet Use and Civic Engagement
Given scholars' concerns with media influences on civic life, it is not surprising that researchers have begun to focus on how the Internet may enhance or erode levels of civic engagement. Collectively, however, these studies are rife with inconsistencies...
Local News, Social Integration, and Community Participation: Hierarchical Linear Modeling of Contextual and Cross-Level Effects
This study explores the cross-level interactions of local media use with individual and community factors, in particular, local print news use, using a multi-level analysis of community participation. Findings show local print news readership, an essential...
Mass Communication and American Social Thought: Key Texts 1919-1968
Mass Communication and American Social Thought: Key Texts 1919-1968. John Durham Peters and Peter Simonson, eds. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004. 552 pp. $80 hbk. $55.95 pbk.Peters and Simonson begin with a quotation from Walter Benjamin (The...
Mass Communication Research and the Invisible College Revisited: The Changing Landscape and Emerging Fronts in Journalism-Related Studies
The purpose of this study is twofold: first, to chart the changing landscape of mass communication research in journalism-related studies over the past two decades and, second, to determine the contemporary form and content of the invisible college in...
More Damned Lies and Statistics: How Numbers Confuse Public Issues/The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers
More Damned Lies and Statistics: How Numbers Confuse Public Issues. Joel Best. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2004. 217 pp. $19.95 hbk.The Chicago Guide to Writing About Numbers. Jane E. Miller. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004....
Newspapers and Protest: An Examination of Protest Coverage from 1960 to 1999
This paper examines newspaper coverage of protests from 1960 to 1999. Initial findings indicated protests received consistent levels of support over that time. In light of this, we expected little change in the extent to which these protests challenged...
New Technologies, Old Practices: The Conservative Revolution in Communication between Reporters and News Sources in the Israeli Press
The study explores to what extent new communication technologies have played a revolutionizing role in the ways in which news reporters acquire information. Reporters reconstructed how they used different technologies in order to obtain each of their...
NPR: The Trials and Triumphs of National Public Radio
NPR: The Trials and Triumphs of National Public Radio. Michael P. McCauley. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005. 196 pp. $29.50 hbk.As this is being written, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee has approved deep funding cuts for public broadcasting....
Photographic Coverage during the Persian Gulf and Iraqi Wars in Three U.S. Newspapers
The United States has engaged in military conflicts both honorable and questionable. Journalists have traveled to the front lines to produce stories and pictures both supportive and critical. A content analysis of images published in three U.S. newspapers...
Profiling Machines: Mapping the Personal Information Economy
Profiling Machines: Mapping the Personal Information Economy. Greg Elmer. Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, 2004.179 pp. $25 hbk.Last year I ordered an exercise DVD through Amazon.com. On a later visit to their Web site, the...
Strategic Political Communication: Rethinking Social Influence, Persuasion, and Propaganda
Strategic Political Communication: Rethinking Social Influence, Persuasion, and Propaganda. Karen S. Johnson-Cartee and Gary A. Copeland. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004. 241 pp. $65 hbk. $24.05 pbk.If readers think this book is about how...
Suicide Bombers as Women Warriors: Making News through Mythical Archetypes
This study explores how mythical archetypes become a journalistic tool for reporting news about terrorism. Textual analysis of newspaper items examined coverage about seven female Palestinian suicide bombers. Mythical archetypes changed initially from...
Talking Politics in Japan
Talking Politics in Japan. Of er Feldman. Portland, OR: Sussex Academic Press, 2004. 224 pp. $65 hbk.There are few works focusing on politics and mass media in Japan. This work uniquely opens up the black box of Japanese political communication, assessing...
Technological Visions: The Hopes and Fears That Shape New Technologies
Technological Visions: The Hopes and Fears that Shape New Technologies. Marita Sturken, Douglas Thomas, and Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach, eds. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004. 381 pp. $69.50 hbk. $23.95 pbk.At least two of the eighteen essays in...
The Illusion of Public Opinion: Fact and Artifact in American Public Opinion Polls/The Voter's Guide to Election Polls
The Illusion of Public Opinion: Fact and Artifact in American Public Opinion Polls. George F. Bishop. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004. 248 pp. $80 hbk. $27.95 pbk.The Voter's Guide to Election Polls, 3d ed. Michael W. Traugott and Paul J....
The Impact of Newsroom Investment on Newspaper Revenues and Profits: Small and Medium Newspapers, 1998-2002
This study used Inland Press Association data from 1998 to 2002 for newspapers with less than 85,000 circulation and found a positive relationship between newsroom investment and circulation revenue per copy, advertising revenue per copy, total revenue...
The Moral Media: How Journalists Reason about Ethics
The Moral Media: How Journalists Reason About Ethics. Lee Wilkins and Renita Coleman. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005. 164 pp. $19.95 pbk."Why" questions are often difficult to answer, but they provide useful insights in the realm of ethics....
The Portrayal of Asian Americans in Mainstream Magazine Ads: An Update
Mass-circulation magazines were analyzed for the frequency and nature of advertising portrayals of Asian Americans, along several dimensions related to the "model minority" stereotype. Findings were compared with those for African Americans and Hispanics....
The Press
The Press. Geneva Overholser and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, eds. New York: Oxford University, Press 2005. 473 pages. $65 hbk.The Press, an edited collection of writings from some of the best minds in journalism and political science scholarship, crossed...
The Troubles of Journalism: A Critical Look at What's Right and Wrong with the Press
The Troubles of Journalism: A Critical Look at What's Right and Wrong With the Press, 3d ed. William A. Machten. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005. 208 pp. $59.95 hbk. $26 pbk.The 1998 first edition of William A. Hachten's The Troubles of...
Wartime Images, Peacetime Wounds: The Media and the Gustafsen Lake Standoff
Wartime Images, Peacetime Wounds: The Media and the Gustafsen Lake Standoff. Sandra Lambertus. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004. 277 pp. $55 hbk. $29.95 pbk.The standoff at Gustafsen Lake in British Columbia involved armed Native activists...