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. 81, No. 1, Spring

24 Days: How Two Wall Street Journal Reporters Uncovered the Lies That Destroyed Faith in Corporate America
24 Days: How Two Wall Street Journal Reporters Uncovered the Lies that Destroyed Faith in Corporate America. Rebecca Smith and John R. Emshwiller. New York: HarperBusiness, 2003. 400 pp. $25.95 hbk.It is not often that a book intended for a mass audience...
A Branded World: Adventures in Public Relations and the Creation of Superbrands
A Branded World: Adventures in Public Relations and the Creation of Superbrands. Michael Levine. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2003. 260 pp. $27.95 hbk.In A Branded World: Adventures in Public Relations and the Creation of Superbrands, Michael...
Advertising and Societies: Global Issues
Advertising and Societies: Global Issues. Katherine Toland Frith and Barbara Mueller. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2003. 320 pp. $29.95 pbk.In most university libraries, we may easily find several books sharing such a similar title, Advertising and...
Advertising Censorship
Advertising Censorship. Lawrence Soley. Milwaukee, WI: Southshore Press, 2002. 64 pp. $5.95 pbk.Advertising Censorship offers a short, synthetic, and anecdotal introduction to the ways advertisers sometimes pressure media to alter their editorial content....
Aim for the Heart
Aim for the Heart. Al Tompkins. Chicago: Bonus Books, 2002. 229 pp. $29.95 hbk.Al Tompkins wants television news to tell better stories. Tompkins does not argue with those who would take issue with the quality of broadcast news today. He knows what most...
An Editorial Comment
One of the most fertile areas of current research in journalism and mass communication involves the concept of "framing." At the risk of oversimplifying an important substantive concept, framing is a process implicit in storytelling. In reporting a story,...
Beyond Ideology
Beyond Ideology. Reginald Estoque Ecarma. Landham, MD: University Press of America, 2003.129 pp. $28 pbk.Ecarma's book challenges many assumptions about bias in news media reporting and ends up making a disconcerting argument against equality as a news...
Broadcast Television Effects in a Remote Community
Broadcast Television Effects in a Remote Community. Tony Charlton, Barrie Gunter, and Andrew Hannan. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers, 2002. 169 pp. $49.95 hbk.It is not often that researchers are given the opportunity to examine the...
China's Window on the World: TV News, Social Knowledge and International Spectacles
China's Window On The World: TV News, Social Knowledge and International Spectacles. Tsan-Kuo Chang with Jian Wang and Yanru Chen. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, Inc., 2002. 323 pp. $69.50 hbk. $27.50 pbk.In today's post-Cold War, volatile, international...
Communication, Media, and American Society
Communication, Media, and American Society. Daniel W. Rossides. Lanham, MD: Roman & Littlefield, 2003. 284 pp. $79 hbk. $27.95 pbk.In a sweeping tour deforce of the history and intersections of technology and communication, Daniel Rossides offers...
Cross-Cultural-Generational Perceptions of Ideal Body Image: Hispanic Women and Magazine Standards
This study expands social comparison theory by examining magazine use along dimensions of gender, age, and ethnicity. Perceptions of magazines' idealized body image standards among two generations of Hispanic women were gathered using the focus group...
Desperately Seeking Ethics: A Guide to Media Conduct
Desperately Seeking Ethics: A Guide to Media Conduct. Howard Good, ed. Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press, 2003. 215 pp. $55 hbk. $26.95 pbk.Good's Desperately seeking Ethics, on its face, may seem to step away from the foundations of the classical...
Digital Television Production: A Handbook
Digital Television Production: A Hand-book. Jeremy Orlebar. London: Arnold, 2002. 294pp. $19.95 pbk.Jeremy Orlebar, a twenty-five-year veteran with the BBC, lecturer in media production, and owner of his own production company, has written a book that...
Embedding Journalists in Military Combat Units: Impact on Newspaper Story Frames and Tone
This investigation probed whether embedded journalist coverage of the first days of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq produced print news coverage that was either more decontextualized inform or more favorable in tone. Embedded news coverage of the first...
Getting the Whole Story: Reporting and Writing the News
Getting the Whole Story: Reporting and Writing the News. Cheryl Gibbs and Tom Warhover. New York: The Guilford Press, 2002. 451 pp. $44 pbk.Getting the Whole Story provides by example an answer to the enduring debate whether public journalism offers...
Groping for Ethics in Journalism
This issue's Book Reviews begin with an essay on four new books dealing with ethics. It is written by Lois A. Boynton of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Ethical Texts for the New MillenniumThe classic challenge of "teaching ethics" to...
"Help-Wanted Female": Editor & Publisher Frames a Civil Rights Issue
This article examines how specialized business magazine Editor & Publisher framed its coverage of the sex amendment of Title VU of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the legal foundation for the elimination of the help-wanted classified advertising categorized...
Hidden Agendas: How Journalists Influence the News
Hidden Agendas: How Journalists Influence the News. Lydia Miljan and Barry Cooper. Vancouver, British Columbia: UBC Press, 2003. 212 pp. $24.95 pbk.The debate over media bias is largely driven by political perspective. Those on the far right tend to...
Images That Injure: Pictorial Stereotypes in the Media
Images That Injure: Pictorial Stereotypes in the Media. 2d ed. Paul Martin Lester and Susan Dente Ross, eds. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003. 322 pp. $26.95 pbk.Photographs are documentary records imbued with claims of journalistic objectivity and social...
Information Seeking and Emotional Reactions to the September 11 Terrorist Attacks
Based on uncertainty reduction theory, this paper argues that individuals were motivated to seek information and learn about the September 11 terrorist attacks to reduce uncertainty about what happened. Results from a panel survey indicate that negative...
Journalism Education in Europe and North America/Mass Communication Education
Journalism Education in Europe and North America. Romy Frohlich and Christina Holtz-Bacha, eds. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2003. 349 pp. $32.50 pbk.Mass Communication Education. Michael D. Murray and Roy L. Moore, eds. Ames, IA: Iowa State Press,...
Media Salience and the Process of Framing: Coverage of the Columbine School Shootings
This study examines how the media can build a news event's salience by emphasizing different aspects of the event during its life span. A two-dimensional measurement scheme is proposed as a systematic way of examining media frames. This scheme yields...
Mixed Media: Moral Distinctions in Advertising, Public Relations, and Journalism
Mixed Media: Moral Distinctions in Advertising, Public Relations, and Journalism. Thomas Bivins. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004. 229 pp. $29.95 pbk.Although Smith's text is structured specifically for the print and broadcast journalist...
Moral Engagement in Public Life: Theorists for Contemporary Ethics
Moral Engagement in Public Life: Theorists for Contemporary Ethics. Sharon L. Bracci and Clifford G. Christians, eds. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2002. 296 pp. $32.95 pbk.Bracci and Christians bring the communication studies angle into the mass...
Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image/Richard Nixon, Watergate, and the Press: A Historical Retrospective
Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image. David Greenberg. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003. 460 pp. $26.95 hdbk.Richard Nixon, Watergate, and the Press: A Historical Retrospective. Louis W. Liebovich. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003. 143 pp. $45.95 hdbk.Three...
No Cure for What Ails Us: The Media-Constructed Disconnect between Societal Problems and Possible Solutions
This research examined attributes of three social problems-pollution, poverty, and incarceration-in 300 news articles from 1995 to 2000. Coverage overwhelmingly indicated no specific cause, effect, or responsible agent for each problem, and rarely mentioned...
Operationalizing and Analyzing Exposure: The Foundation of Media Effects Research
The ability of researchers to empirically test theories of media effects and to assess impact of communication campaigns depends on their ability to identify levels of exposure to the media or messages of interest. This paper critically examines exposure...
Orange Journalism: Voices from Florida Newspapers
Orange Journalism: Voices from Florida Newspapers. Julian M. Pleasants. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2003. 345 pp. $27.95 hbk.In 1999, the Florida Press Association and the University of Florida's Samuel Proctor Oral History Program...
Race in the News
Race in the News. Ian Law. New York: Palgrave, 2002. 178 pp. $79.95 hbk.Race in the News is based on the premise that race has been a newsworthy topic in Britain, Western Europe, and the United States for more than 250 years. Despite such newsworthiness,...
Sex, Love, and Romance in the Mass Media: Analysis and Criticism of Unrealistic Portrayals and Their Influence
Sex, Love, and Romance in the Mass Media: Analysis and Criticism of Unrealistic Portrayals and Their Influence. Mary-Lou Galician. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004. 280 pp. $49.95 pbk.The first word that comes to mind when describing Mary-Lou Galician's...
Shooting Kennedy
Shooting Kennedy. David M. Lubin. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2003. 341 pp. $24.95 cloth.The final line of this book summarizes the appeal of its subject: "Pictures of JFK remain compelling to us today only because the story they tell...
The Effects of Frames in Political Television News on Issue Interpretation and Frame Salience
This experiment investigated the effects of television news frames on (1) audience, interpretations of a political issue, (2) the salience of news frames versus other information in the story, and (3) support for future policy. A sample of 145 adults...
The Influence of Reporter Gender on Source Selection in Newspaper Stories
This study analyzed the frequency and placement given to male and female sources and story subjects in newspaper coverage and their relationship to the gender of the reporter. A content analysis of 889 stories found that male sources and subjects received...
The Moving Appeal: Mr. McClanahan, Mrs. Dill, and the Civil War's Greatest Newspaper Run
The Moving Appeal: Mr. McClanahan, Mrs. Dill, and the Civil War's Greatest Newspaper Run. E.G. Ellis. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2003. 667 pp. $45 hbk.The journey of the Memphis Appeal is one of the most remarkable journalistic stories of the...
The Plane Truth
The Plane Truth. Roger W. Cobb & David M. Primo. Washington DC: Brookings Institute Press, 2003. 207 pp. $17.95 pbk.Two social science literatures-risk assessment and agenda setting-intersect in the pages of The Plane Truth. Cobb and Primo are political...
The U.S. Catholic Press on Central America: From Cold War Anticommunism to Social Justice
The U.S. Catholic Press on Central America: From Cold War Anticommunism to Social Justice. Edward T. Brett. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame, 2003. 265 pp. $45 hbk. $22 pbk.This well-researched study illuminates Catholic media's changing perspective...
This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV
This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You On TV. Bob Schieffer. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2003.432 pp. $26.95 hbk. $14 pbk.TV news memoirs are often as perishable as TV broadcasts themselves, and for good reason: their authors are generally known for...
Voice of America: A History
Voice of America: A History. Alan L. Heil, Jr. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003. 538 pp. $37.50 pbk.Except for Cold War-inspired histories by Laurien Alexandre and Robert Pirsein, no books have been available that trace what some have called...
What Do These Messages Really Mean? Sports Media Exposure, Sports Participation, and Body Image Distortion in Women between the Ages of 18 and 75
Thin-ideal media content is said to be one of the factors responsible for promoting distorted body image perceptions in young girls and college women. This study examined the relationship between sports media exposure during the Olympic Games, overall...
Women in the Newsroom: Influences of Female Editors and Reporters on the News Agenda
This study compared issue agendas and story focus at newspapers with relatively high percentages of women in editorial positions with those at newspapers with lower percentages of female editors. Content analysis of stories from thirty newspapers' Web...