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. 73, No. 3, Autumn

A Battle for Humor: Satire and Censorship in le Bavard
Research on humorous and satiric publications during wartime is scarce, and studies of World War I humorous publications suggest that such publications emphasized patriotic material supporting the war and ridiculing the enemy. This study of a French...
A Disappearing Enemy: The Image of the United States in Soviet Political Cartoons
This article examines changes in the depiction of the United States in Soviet political cartoons from April 1985 through August 1990. It seeks to demonstrate that both qualitative and quantitative changes in the image of the United States were integrally...
Adolescents and the Media: Medical and Psychological Impact
Adolescents and the Media: Medical and Psychological Impact. Victor C. Strasburger. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1995. 137 pp. $37 hbk. $16.95 pbk. Parents who think their kids are impervious to today's entertainment and advertising messages won't take much...
Advertising and Popular Culture
Advertising and Popular Culture. Jib Fowles. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage 1996. 277 pp. $48 hbk. $22.95 pbk. An exceptionally thorough review of relevant scholarship from multiple disciplines and the perspectives of French semiotics and British cultural studies,...
Advertorials in Magazines: Current Use and Compliance with Industry Guidelines
Editorial and commercial messages may be confusing to readers. This content analysis of 222 magazine issues found that advertorials often do not make the commercial source evident to the reader. In the 273 advertorials identified, advertising labels...
An Ecology of Communication: Cultural Formats of Control
An Ecology of Communication: Cultural Formats of Control. David L. Altheide. Hawthorne, NY: Aldine De Gruyter,1995. 244 pp. $43.95 hbk. $22.95 pbk. Despite the environmental connections evoked by the title, this is a book about information technology...
An Editorial Comment
This is the second call for manuscripts for a Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly symposium on the "History of the Mass Media in the USA," tentatively scheduled for Summer 1997. Understanding how the mass media have changed over time, influenced...
Assessing News Quality: A Comparison between Community and Student Daily Newspapers
This study quantitatively compares community (private-sector) daily newspapers to student dailies to determine the relative quality of the newswriting and news content. Findings indicate that in the areas considered - readability, interest level, and...
Biographical Dictionary of American Newspaper Columnists
Biographical Dictionary of American Newspaper Columnists. Sam G. Riley. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995.424 pp. $79.50 hbk. In this text, Sam Riley, who has written and/or edited several books, including The Best of the Rest: Non-Syndicated Newspaper...
Call the Briefing! Reagan and Bush, Sam and Helen: A Decade with Presidents and the Press
Call the Briefing! Reagan and Bush, Sam and Helen: A Decade with Presidents and the Press. Marlin Fitzwater. NY, NY: Times Books, 1995. 399 pp. $25 hbk. Public relations has been defined in many ways, some theoretical and abstract. Yet, the primary work...
Communication in Eastern Europe: The Role of History, Culture, and Media in Contemporary Conflicts
Communication in Eastern Europe: The Role of History, Culture, and Media in Contemporary Conflicts. Fred L. Casmir, ed. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1995. 350 pp. $29.95 hbk. Popular wisdom, a scientifically unverifiable though sometimes...
Community Newspapers, Community Structural Pluralism, and Local Conflict with Nonlocal Groups
This important study of how newspapers address conflict contributes to an understanding of how the content of local newspapers is related to community conditions. In periods of change, newspaper content reflects the concerns of powerful groups within...
Compassion Fatigue: Communication and Burnout toward Social Problems
This study establishes the construct of "compassion fatigue," encompassing desensitization and emotional burnout, as a phenomenon associated with pervasive communication about social problems. The study marks the first-known empirical investigation of...
Controversies in Media Ethics
Controversies in Media Ethics. A. David Gordon, John M. Kittross, and Carol Reuss. White Plains, NY: Longman Publishers, 1996. 316 pp. $29.95 hbk. It's debatable which method of studying media ethics is the most effective. Some books rely extensively...
Diversity in the News: A Conceptual and Methodological Framework
Content diversity, a journalistic tenet that addresses the concept of the marketplace of ideas, is a fundamental dimension of news diversity. This content analysis of newspaper articles measures the difference between diversity of ideas (content) and...
Journalism Labor Force Supply and Demand: Is Oversupply an Explanation for Low Wages?
Radio and television stations consistently have offered entry-level news salaries below those provided by daily newspapers, public relations, and advertising employers. The data reported in this paper show an oversupply of labor in radio news, television...
Lou Grant: The Making of TV's Top Newspaper Drama
Lou Grant: The Making of TV's Top Newspaper Drama. Douglass K. Daniel. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1996. 269 pp. $39.95 hbk. $17.95 pbk. This book reviews the life span of Lou Grant from its debut on CBS in 1977 to its controversial cancellation...
Mass Media Audiences in a Changing Media Environment
A national survey of 1,006 respondents found that 70.3% used local TV news as their primary source of news, followed by network TV news, newspapers, and radio news in that order. Use of talk radio, TV magazines, and grocery store tabloids was far less....
Native Americans in the News: Images of Indians in the Twentieth Century Press
Native Americans in the News: Images of Indians in the Twentieth Century Press. Mary Ann Weston. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996. 200 pp. $55 hbk. Native Americans in the News is about false perceptions and the role the media have played in their...
New Media Technology: Cultural and Commercial Perspectives
New Media Technology: Cultural and Commercial Perspectives. John V. Pavlik. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon, 1996. 434 pp. $28 pbk. For anyone interested in new media technology, this book is a pleasure to read. Given the rapidly evolving media landscape,...
News & Newsmaking: Essays by Stephen Hess
News & Newsmaking: Essays by Stephen Hess. Stephen Hess. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 1996. 148 pp. $24.95 hbk. How news gets to our newspapers, radios, and televisions is an increasingly important topic for a public jaded by sensationalism,...
Once upon a Distant War: Young War Correspondents and the Early Vietnam Battles
Battles. William Prochnau. NY, NY:Times Books, 1995. 546 pp. $27.50 hbk. William Prochnau's carefully constructed and often elegantly written summary of early Vietnam War reporting captures the circumstances surrounding America's involvement in Southeast...
Professional Roles of Russian and U.S. Journalists: A Comparative Study
This study compares the perceptions of Russian and U.S. journalists regarding the importance of various professional roles. It also identifies predictors of three key journalistic roles - the timely disseminator, the interpreter, and the adversary -...
Religion and Mass Media: Audiences and Adaptations
Religion and Mass Media: Audiences and Adaptations. Daniel A. Stout and Judith Buddenbaum, eds. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1996. 294 pp. $40 hbk. $25 pbk. At last. That is how mass communication scholars interested in the relationship between religion...
Sample Size in Content Analysis of Weekly News Magazines
This study explores a variety of approaches to deciding sample size in analyzing magazine content. Having tested random samples of size six, eight, ten, twelve, fourteen, and sixteen issues, the authors show that a monthly stratified sample of twelve...
Sexual Harassment of Women Journalists
A survey of 227 women newspaper journalists revealed that more than 60 percent believe sexual harassment is at least somewhat a problem for women journalists; more than one-third said harassment has been at least somewhat a problem for them personally....
SLAPPs: Getting Sued for Speaking Out
SLAPPs: Getting Sued for Speaking Out. George W. Pring and Penelope Canan. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1996. 279 pp. $59.95 hbk. $24.95 pbk. The Constitution of the United States guarantees the right of Americans "to petition the Government...
Social Approaches to Communication
Social Approaches to Communication. Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, ed. NY, NY: Guilford Press, 1995. 260 pp. $42.50 hbk. $19.95 pbk. For scholars of journalism and mass communication, the methodologies and intellectual concerns of our colleagues in interpersonal...
Straight News: Gays, Lesbians and the News Media
Straight News: Gays, Lesbians and the News Media. Edward Alwood. NY, NY: Columbia University Press, 1996. 368 pp. $29.95 hbk. The treatment of lesbians and gay males by the news media has changed immensely since World War II. To those accustomed to the...
Television and the Public Sphere
Television and the Public Sphere. Peter Dahlgren. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1995. 176 pp. $65 hbk. $21.95 pbk. Germany can be counted on to produce good beer, fast cars, and philosophers who are prolific writers. One of those philosophers is Jurgen Habermas,...
Terrorism and the Media: From the Iran Hostage Crisis to the Oklahoma City Bombing
Terrorism and the Media: From the Iran Hostage Crisis to the Oklahoma City Bombing. Brigette L. Nacos. NY, NY: Columbia University Press, 1995. 214 pp. $16.50 pbk. Certainly Americans have been jolted by international terrorist acts against U.S. citizens...
The Box: An Oral History of Television, 1920-1961
The Box: An Oral History of Television, 1920-1961. Jeff Kisseloff. NY, NY: Viking Penguin, 1995. 592 pp. $37.95 hbk. Reading about people who have contributed to the technology and industry of television in conventional historical accounts leaves one...
The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture, and Deviance at NASA
The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture, and Deviance at NASA. Diane Vaughan. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1996. 575 pp. $24.95 hbk. Much has been written about the Challenger space shuttle disaster of 28 January 1986 in...
The Day the Presses Stopped: A History of the Pentagon Papers Case
The Day the Presses Stopped:A History of the Pentagon Papers Case. David Rudenstine. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press,1996. 448 pp. $34.95 hbk. Although there is no shortage of law articles, commentaries, and books such as Sanford J. Ungar's...
The Ideology of Success in Major American Farm Magazines, 1934-1991
During the past century, the farm press used farm magazine stories about successful farmers to offer readers models of responses to industrialization and technological change in U.S. agriculture. This analysis of "success" stories in three major American...
The Menace of the Corporate Newspaper: Fact or Fiction?
The Menace of the Corporate Newspaper: Fact or Fiction? David Pearce Demers. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1996. 355 pp. $39.95 hbk. Everybody knows the market has captured journalism. Everybody knows it because MBA's have taken over the newsroom....
The Wisconsin Press and Woman Suffrage, 1911-1919: An Analysis of Factors Affecting Coverage by Ten Diverse Newspapers
This study combines quantitative and qualitative methods in its analysis of ten Wisconsin newspapers during six week-long periods in which a significant woman suffrage event took place. It attempted to identify those factors that might have influenced...
Turning the Spotlight Inward: How Five Leading News Organizations Covered the Media in the 1992 Presidential Election
This study examined how two leading newspapers and three television networks covered the media in the 1992 presidential campaign. The main topic of media coverage was general media stories, although considerable attention was also given to candidates'...
Who Killed George Polk? the Press Covers Up a Death in the Family
Who Killed George Polk?The Press Covers Up a Death in the Family. Elias Vlanton and Zak Mettger. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1996. 322 pp. $27.95 hbk. To feel the extent of the Cold War on the American psyche during the late 1940s, one...
Women Editing Modernism: "Little" Magazines & Literary History
Women Editing Modernism: "Little" Magazines & Literary History. Jayne E. Marek. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1995. 252 pp. $34.95 hbk. $14.95 pbk. The subjects of this engagingly written and thoroughly researched book are seven women...