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. 75, No. 3, Autumn

ABC's "Person of the Week": American Values in Television News
This study analyzed five years of "ABC World News Tonight's 'Person of the Week"' segments to identify prominent types of people and values endorsed by mainstream news media. Individuals most frequently selected for ABC's honor lived in the United States;...
All the Presidents' Words: The Bully Pulpit and the Creation of the Virtual Presidency
All the Presidents' Words: The Bully Pulpit and the Creation of the Virtual Presidency. Carol Gelderman. New York: Walker Publishing Company, 1997. 179 pp. $23. The evolution - or perhaps devolution of the procedure used by U.S. presidents of the twentieth...
And That's the Way It Will Be: News and Information in a Digital World
And That's the Way It Will Be: News and Information in a Digital World. Christopher Harper. New York: New York University Press, 1998. 256 pp. $24.95 hbk. When Sophana Meach was a child in Cambodia, he survived the killing fields by telling adventure...
Audience Analysis
Audience Analysis. Denis McQuail. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1997. 166 pp. $46.50 hbk. $19.95 pbk. Denis McQuail is surely one of the most important media scholars of our time, and the occasion of the appearance of another of his books prompts...
Communicating Prejudice
Communicating Prejudice. Michael L. Hecht, ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1998. 397 pp. $64 hbk. $24 pbk. In Communicating Prejudice, Michael Hecht, who is a professor in the Department of Speech Communication at Pennsylvania University, collaborates with...
Conglomerates and the Media
Conglomerates and the Media. Erik Barnouw, et al. Introduction by Todd Gitlin. New York: The New Press, 1997. 191 pp. $23. The issues raised by the increasing conglomeratization of communications ownership are critical to understanding media, their behavior,...
Custodians of Conscience: Investigative Journalism and Public Virtue
Custodians of Conscience: Investigative Journalism and Public Virtue. James S. Ettema and Theodore L. Glasser. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1998. 233 pp. $49.50 hbk. $17.50 pbk. The book is founded upon a provocative paradox. American journalism...
"Delays and Vexation": Jack London and the Russo-Japanese War
Jack London and his colleagues attempting to cover the Russo-Japanese War in Korea and Manchuria in 1904 were subjected to systematic and highly restrictive censorship as they tried to send their dispatches to their home newspapers. Little has been written...
Digital Imaging Skills and the Hiring and Training of Photojournalists
This paper, based on a national survey, examines the importance newspaper photo editors place on digital imaging and traditional photography competencies, and it looks at the implications for the training and hiring of journalists. It concludes that...
Directing Health Messages toward African Americans: Attitudes toward Health Care and the Mass Media
Directing Health Messages toward African Americans: A t t i t u d e s toward Health Care and the Mass Media. Judith L. Sylvester. New York: Garland Publishing, 1998. 292 pp. $72 hbk. Disparities in the health profiles of African Americans and white Americans...
Fighting for the First Amendment: Stanton of CBS vs. Congress and the Nixon White House
Fighting for the First Amendment: Stanton of CBS vs. Congress and the Nixon White House. Corydon B. Dunham, with a foreword by Walter Cronkite. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1997. 233 pp. $24.95 pbk. This is a fascinating report of the 1971 battle...
Journalistic Advocates and Muckrakers/Three Centuries of Crusading Writers
Journalistic Advocates and Muckrakers/ Three Centuries of Crusading Writers. Edd Applegate. Jefferson, NC, and London: McFarland & Company, 1997. 219 pp. $39.95 hbk. Various traditions in the American press have emerged today to create the contemporary...
Mass Media in the Asian Pacific
Mass Media in the Asian Pacific. Bryce T. Mcintyre, ed. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters Ltd., 1998. 101 pp. $49 pbk. Given the size of the Asian Pacific and the number of countries with their diverse and vibrant mass media, this edited monograph by...
Measuring Newspapers Profits: Developing a Standard of Comparison
Debate over newspaper profits centers on whether earnings are emphasized at the expense of journalistic quality. However, studies of newspaper profitability have used varying measures. This study uses economic theory to develop a long-run standard for...
More Speech, Not Less: Communications Law in the Information Age
More Speech, Not Less: Communications Law in the Information Age. Mark Sableman. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997. 277 pp. $49.95 hbk. $15.96 pbk. This is a time of concentrated media ownership; of technology changing the way...
News Is a Verb: Journalism at the End of the Twentieth Century
News is a Verb: Journalism at the End of the Twentieth Century. Pete Hamill. New York: The Ballantine Publishing Group, 1998. 102 pp. $8.95 pbk. Pete Hamill makes an impassioned plea for community-oriented newspapers, and does so in a way that may lift...
Privatized Government Functions and Freedom of Information: Public Accountability in an Age of Private Governance
In recent years, privatization has touched nearly every area of public life. Increased privatization efforts have posed increasing problems for public access to governmental records when a governmental function has been privatized. Records long open...
Public Affairs Decision Making in the U.S. Air Force: An Application of Multiattribute Utility Theory
Public relations decision making by U.S. Air Force public affairs personnel was evaluated by using multiattribute utility theory. Exploratory cluster analysis revealed that only 48% of the decisions adequately fit the public relations excellence criteria...
Public Opinion on Investigative Reporting in the 1990s: Has Anything Changed since the 1980s?
In view of the recent developments in public attitudes toward the use of investigative reporting, this study compares past findings on perceived public importance of investigative reporting and the acceptability of different reporting methods with findings...
Reporting News about Religion: An Introduction for Journalists
Reporting News about Religion: An Introduction for Journalists. Judith M. Buddenbaum. Ames, IO: Iowa State University Press, 1998. 240 pp. $29.95 pbk. Religion, writes author Judith M. Buddenbaum, is "the greatest story never told, or at least, the greatest...
Selling Words-Free Speech in a Commercial Culture
Selling Words - Free Speech in a Commercial Culture. R. George Wright. New York, NY: New York University Press, 1997. 244 pp. $30 pbk. The troubling central thesis of R. George Wright's book is that the sheer weight and extent of commercialism in our...
Structural Pluralism, Corporate Newspaper Structure, and News Source Perceptions: Another Test of the Editorial Vigor Hypothesis
A recent content analysis of newspaper editorials and letters to the editor disputes the conventional wisdom that newspapers become less vigorous editorially as they acquire the characteristics of the corporate form of organization. However, many scholars...
Student Television in America: Channels of Change
Student Television in America: Channels of Change. Tony Silvia and Nancy F. Kaplan. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1998. 229 pp. $29.95 pbk. Student television operations seem to come and go almost as quickly as the students themselves. There...
The Birth of a Notion: Media Coverage of Contraception, 1915-1917
This article analyzes the emergence of media discourses on contraception from 1915 to 1917,focusing on coverage in the New York Times, The New Republic, and Harper's Weekly. Considered legally obscene and unfit for public discussion, contraception first...
The Cable and Satellite Television Industries
The Cable and Satellite Television Industries. Patrick R. Parsons and Robert M. Frieden. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1997. 370 pp. $24 pbk. As we approach the end of the twentieth century the most significant challenge to authoring a book about the cable...
The Electronic Grapevine: Rumor, Reputation and Reporting in the New Online Environment
The Electronic Grapevine: Rumor, Reputation and Reporting in the New OnLine Environment. Diane L. Borden and Kerric Harvey, eds. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1998. 199 pp. $49.95 hbk. $29.95 pbk. The evaluation of a challenging situation...
The Institution of Advertising: Predictors of Cross-National Differences in Consumer Confidence
The institution of advertising depends upon customer confidence. From both a managerial and a public policy perspective, it is important that customers have confidence in advertising as a reliable source of information about the marketplace. Here, we...
"Their Rising Voices": A Study of Civil Rights, Social Movements, and Advertising in the New York Times
This content analysis of the New York Times and review of NAACP records documents strategic use of advertising in the New York Times by the civil rights movement between 1955 and 1961. The advertisements are scrutinized in light of theories of social...
The Pulitzer Diaries: Inside America's Greatest Prize
The Pulitzer Diaries: Inside America's Greatest Prize. John Hohenberg. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1997. 344 pp. $29.95 hbk. The Pulitzer Diaries draws on Hohenberg's service as administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes and secretary of the Pulitzer...
TV or Not TV: Television, Justice, and the Courts
TV or not TV: Television, Justice, and the Courts. Ronald L. Goldfarb. New York: New York University Press, 1998. 238 pp. $24.95. Should television cameras be allowed in courtrooms throughout the country? For Ronald Goldfarb, author of TV or not TV,...
Undressing the Ad: Reading Culture in Advertising
Undressing The Ad: Reading Culture in Advertising. Katherine Toland Frith, ed. New York: Peter Lang, 1997. 250 pp. $29.95 pbk. Of the various difficulties confronted in the teaching of an undergraduate course attempting to marry advertisements with critical...
U.S. Newspaper Coverage of Human Rights in Latin America, 1975-1982: Exploring President Carter's Agenda-Building Influence
President Jimmy Carter's elevation of human rights to a major foreign policy concern had an impact on U.S. news coverage of Latin America. In the mid-1970s, U.S. coverage of Latin America was erratic at best. By the time Carter left office, the U.S....