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. 78, No. 3, Autumn

Accidentally Informed: Incidental News Exposure on the World Wide Web
An important element of news delivery on the World Wide Web today is the near ubiquity of breaking news headlines. What used to be called search engines (e.g., Yahoo! and Lycos) are now "portals" or "hubs," popular services that use news, weather, and...
A Grain of Truth: The Media, the Public, and Biotechnology
A Grain of Truth: The Media, the Public, and Biotechnology. Susanna Hornig Priest. New York: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2001. 140 pp. $75 hbk. $19.95 pbk. This book is an extended essay and informed commentary on media coverage of, and...
An Editorial Comment
In the wake of the disaster of 11 September, I hope and fully expect that many of you are thinking of ways to explore how media are covering this new chapter in international and domestic relations. As Interim Dean of the Columbian College of Arts and...
Arthur W. Page: Publisher, Public Relations Pioneer, Patriot
Arthur W. Page: Publisher, Public Relations Pioneer, Patriot. Noel L. Griese. Tucker, GA: Anvil Publishers, Inc., 2001. 448 pp. $24.95 hbk. Chief executive officers today who complain that public relations people may know communications but not the company's...
A Virtuous Circle: Political Communications in Postindustrial Societies
A Virtuous Circle: Political Communications in Postindustrial Societies. Pippa Norris. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000. 398 pp. $59.95 hbk. $21.95 pbk. The main finding of Pippa Norris's study is that exposure to the news media is positively...
Communication and Community
Communication and Community. Gregory J. Shepherd and Eric W. Rothenbuhler, eds. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers, 2001. 289 pp. $59.95 hbk. $32.50 pbk. Though its editors note that current public debates on the state of the American...
Comparing Distinctions and Similarities across Websites of Newspapers, Radio Stations, and Television Stations
In the current Internet environment, media must not only compete with one another but with a host of newcomers, including online companies with no traditional media ties and a variety of other entrepreneurs. To what extent do the media reflect their...
Covering Conflict: A Structural-Pluralist Analysis of How a Small-Town and a Big-City Newspaper Reported an Environmental Controversy
Structural-pluralism theory pertaining to differences in how metropolitan and small-town news media cover the news is used to frame a comparative analysis of source-quotation patterns by a small-town and a nearby big-city newspaper covering the same...
Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicans, and Activists
Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists. Joel Best. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001. 199 pp. $19.95 hbk. The average adult encounters 3,784 statistics in the media each day. For those concerned...
Does It Pay to Be a Market-Oriented Daily Newspaper?
Results from a national study show that market-driven journalism does not appear to pay off with higher circulation or household penetration. The study does show, however, that senior editors from market-oriented newsrooms express less uncertainty about...
"G" Is for Growing: Thirty Years of Research on Children and Sesame Street
"G" is for Growing: Thirty Years of Research on Children and Sesame Street. Shalom M. Fisch and Rosemarie T. Truglio, eds. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 2001. 271 pp. $69.95 hbk. $24.95 pbk. Sesame Street continues to evolve, so it is not surprising that it has...
Global News: Perspectives on the Information Age
Global News: Perspectives on the Information Age. Tony Silvia, ed. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 2001. 199 pp. $32.95 pbk. Tony Silvia offers a worthwhile read. The selected essays provide insights of professional journalists that resonate with...
Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor: In those halcyon days when we were young, book reviewing was an art. Granted there was enough time and space to develop a theme. Now it is slap-dash and the devil take the hindmost. One of the functions of a review was to impart information,...
MediaPolitik: How the Mass Media Have Transformed World Politics
MediaPolitik: How the Mass Media Have Transformed World Politics. Lee Edwards. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2001. 364 pp. $44.95 hbk. At least in this case, direct mail works. This book first came to my attention as the result...
Online Communication: Linking Technology, Identity, & Culture
Online Communication: Linking Technology, Identity, Fa Culture. Andrew F. Wood and Matthew J. Smith. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 2001.240 pp. $27.50 pbk. Technological advancements in the past decade clearly have changed the way that...
Radical Media: Rebellious Communication and Social Movements
Radical Media: Rebellious Communication and SocialMovements. John D. H. Downing, with Tamara Villarreal Ford, Geneve Gil, and Laura Stein. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2001. 426 pp. $60 hbk. $27.95 pbk. This book draws attention to a largely...
Setting the News Story Agenda: Candidates and Commentators in News Coverage of a Governor's Race
This study assessed the kinds of sources setting the story "agenda" in election news covering the 1998 governor's race in the nine largest Michigan dailies. The assertions of candidates or their partisan supporters were more likely than those of experts...
Syndicated Service Dependence and a Lack of Commitment to Localism: Scripps Newspapers and Market Subordination
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Scripps chain was profitable and the largest newspaper operation in terms of number of newspapers owned. However, these two accomplishments belie the fact that most of the chain's papers were in a subordinated...
Tell Me a Story: Fifty Years and "60 Minutes" in Television
Tell Me a Story: Fifty Years and "60 Minutes" in Television. Don Hewitt. New York: Public Affairs, 2001. 288 pp. $26 hbk. Don Hewitt has achieved legendary status in broadcasting. This distinction manifests itself in many ways. With the exception of...
The Creation of the "Free" Press in Japanese-American Camps: The War Relocation Authority's Planning and Making of the Camp Newspaper Policy
This study investigates how the War Relocation Authority (WRA) formulated newspaper publishing policy in Japanese-American camps during World War II. The WRA allowed evacuees to publish their own newspapers "freely" without "censorship" but under the...
The Elements of Journalism
The Elements of Journalism. Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel. New York: Crown, 2001. 205 pp. $20 hbk. Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel write in the introduction to The Elements of Journalism that their book is not an argument but, rather, is a description...
The Form of News: A History
The Form of News: A History. Kevin G. Barnhurst and John Nerone. New York, London: The Guilford Press, 2001. 326 pp. $35 hbk. Kevin G. Barnhurst and John Nerone are well known to both communications scholars and media historians in the continental United...
The Gender Challenge to Media: Diverse Voices from the Field
The Gender Challenge to Media:Diverse Voices from the Field. Elizabeth L. Toth and Linda Aldoory, eds. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, Inc., 2001.333 pp. $69.50 hbk. $26.50 pbk. This book looks at the field of mass communication, particularly the areas...
The Impact of Competition on Weekly Newspaper Advertising Rates
This national study of 432 weekly newspapers found that competition from other weeklies in a county was correlated with a lower cost-perthousand ad rate. However, when a subsample of 236 weeklies with intense competition was analyzed, this relationship...
The Miami Herald Report: Democracy Held Hostage
The Miami Herald Report: Democracy Held Hostage. Martin Merzer and the staff of The Miami Herald. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2001. 302 pp. $24.95 hbk. Five weeks after the grueling 2000 presidential election, the U.S. Supreme Court halted a manual...
The New York Times' Conformity to AAPOR Standards of Disclosure for the Reporting of Public Opinion Polls
This study examines the New York Times' conformity to the guidelines adopted by the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) regarding minimal information that should be disclosed about a poll in any report of the poll results. The study...
Twilight of Press Freedom: The Rise of People's Journalism
Twilight of Press Freedom: The Rise of People's Journalism. John C. Merrill, Peter J. Gade, and Frederick R. Blevens. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001. 219 pp. $49.95 hbk. $24.50 pbk. The three journalism professors who collaborated on Twilight...
Uncivil Wars: Political Campaigns in a Media Age
Uncivil Wars: Political Campaigns in a Media Age. Thomas A. Hollihan. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001. 308 pp. No price listed. Over the last few years the field of political communication has become saturated with both factually oriented textbooks...