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. 79, No. 1, Spring

All the World and Her Husband: Women in Twentieth-Century Consumer Culture
All the World and Her Husband: Women in Twentieth-Century Consumer Culture. Maggie Andrews and Mary M. Talbot, eds. London and New York: Cassell, 2000. 278 pp. $24.50 pbk. As the back cover of All the World and Her Husband: Women in Twentieth Century...
An Editorial Comment
Let me begin my service as Quarterly editor by thanking the AEJMC Publications Committee and the colleagues who supported my application for the position. I will work to maintain your confidence and Quarterly's position as flagship journal of our field....
Broadcasting Freedom. the Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty
Broadcasting Freedom. The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. Arch Puddington. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky, 2000. 382 pp. $27.50 hbk. The second half of the last century saw a hot war congeal into a cold war of...
China beyond the Headlines
China Beyond the Headlines. Timothy B. Weston and Lionel M. Jensen, eds. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2000. 366 pp., $80 hbk. $22.95 pbk. When the world is fast changing, as part of the larger geopolitical and sociocultural...
Civic Innovation in America: Community Empowerment, Public Policy, and the Movement for Civic Renewal
Civic Innovation in America: Community Empowerment, Public Policy, and the Movement for Civic Renewal. Carmen Sirianni and Lewis Friedland. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2001. 371 pp. $19.95 pbk. The authors agree with Robert Putnam that...
Coloring the News, How Crusading for Diversity Has Corrupted American Journalism
Coloring the News, How Crusading for Diversity Has Corrupted American Journalism. William McGowan. San Francisco, CA: Encounter Books, 2001. 278 pp. $25.95 hbk. William McGowan has written a necessary polemic that should be required reading for journalism...
Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America
Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America. Bradford W. Wright. Baltimore, MD: The John Hopkins University Press, 2001. 336 pp. $34.95 hbk. Newcomers to the field of comic book history will find Comic Book Nation a highly readable...
Comics & Ideology
Comics & Ideology. Matthew P. McAllister, Edward H. Sewell, Jr., and Ian Gordon, eds. New York: Peter Lang, 2001. 303 pp. $29.95 pbk. The essays in this book seek to answer the following questions: "Why and how may comics challenge and/or perpetuate...
Condensing the Cold War: Reader's Digest
Condensing the Cold War: Reader's Digest and American Identity. Joanne P. Sharp. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2000. 220 pp. $29.95 hbk. From its founding in 1922 by Lila and DeWitt Wallace, Reader's Digest grew to a circulation...
Constructing Public Opinion: How Political Elites Do What They like and Why We Seem to Go along with It
Constructing Public Opinion: How Political Elites Do What They Like and Why We Seem to Go Along With It, Justin Lewis. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001. 250 pp. $49.50 hbk. $16.50 pbk. After reading Justin Lewis's Constructing Public Opinion,...
Daily News, Eternal Stories: The Mythological Role of Journalism
* Daily News, Eternal Stories: The Mythological Role of Journalism. Jack Lule. New York and London: The Guilford Press, 2001. 244 pp. $17.95 pbk. This lucid and compelling study of news as essential stories that provide models for social life and human...
Digital McLuhan: A Guide to the Information Millennium
Digital McLuhan: A Guide to the Information Millennium. Paul Levinson. London and New York: Routledge, 1999. 226 pp. $16.95 pbk. When Marshall McLuhan died on the last day of 1980, his theories were in decline, the institute he had founded was dissolving,...
Finding a New Way: Nicaraguan Newspapers in a Globalized World
This study examines how Nicaraguan newspapers in the 1990s turned to non-Nicaraguan sources for ideas on how to better appeal to readers. The study is framed in the context of globalization. Using a combination of content analysis, survey, participant-observation,...
Freedom of Speech in Australian Law: A Delicate Plant
Freedom of Speech in Australian Law:A Delicate Plant. Michael Chesterman. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2000. 360 pp. $99.95 hbk. Michael Chesterman has written an excellent and accessible introduction to freedom of expression in Australia, with an emphasis...
Global Communication
* Global Communication. Yahya R. Kamalipour, ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth / Thomson Learning, 2002. 312 pp. $62.95 pbk. The rapid change in global communication has made this subject both a fascinating and a challenging one to study and teach. It is fascinating...
Going Live: Getting the News Right in a Real-Time, Online World
Going Live: Getting the News Right in a Real-Time, Online World. Philip M. Seib. Oxford, England: Bowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2001. 197 pp. $24.95 hbk. Philip Seib's book about continuities and changes facing the news media is organized...
Governing the Internet: The Emergence of an International Regime
Governing the Internet: The Emergence of an International Regime. Marcus Franda. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001. 255 pp. $49.95 hbk. Marcus Franda examines the evolution of Internet regulation from the international relations perspective...
"Here, There and Everywhere": The Foreign Politics of American Popular Culture
"Here, There and Everywhere": The Foreign Politics of American Popular Culture. Reinhold Wagnleitner and Elaine Tyler May, eds. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2000. 356 pp. $60 hbk. $24.95 pbk. The title that headlines this collection...
Indelible Images: Women of Local Television / Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting / Women and Radio: Airing Differences
Indelible Images: Women of Local Television. Mary E. Beadle and Michael D. Murray, eds. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 2001. 260 pp. $49.95 hbk. Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting. Donna L. Halper. Armonk, NY:...
Insult Laws: An Insult to Press Freedom
Insult Laws: An Insult to Press Freedom. Ruth Walden. Reston, VA: World Press Freedom Committee, 2000. 274 pp. free of charge paper. Seditious libel is "the hallmark of closed societies throughout the world," the preeminent First Amendment scholar Harry...
Irreparable Harm, A Firsthand Account of How One Agent Took on the CIA in an Epic Battle over Free Speech
Irreparable Harm, A Firsthand Account of How One Agent Took on the CIA in an Epic Battle over Free Speech. Frank Snepp. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 2001. 416 pp. $17.95 hbk. Before 11 September 2001, Frank Snepp's Irreparable Harm was the...
It Ain't Necessarily So: How the Media Make and Unmake the Scientific Picture of Reality
It Ain't Necessarily So: How the Media Make and Unmake the Scientific Picture of Reality. David Murray, Joel Schwartz, and S. Robert Lichter. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2001. 248 pp. $24.95 hbk. The authors of this well-written,...
"I Watched A Wild Hog Eat My Baby!" A Colorful History of Tabloids and Their Cultural Impact
* "I Watched A Wild Hog Eat My Baby!" A Colorful History of Tabloids and Their Cultural Impact. Bill Sloan. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2001. 251 pp. $25 hbk. As colorful as its title, this book will shock, amuse, and entertain the journalism reader...
Ken Burns's America
Ken Burns's America. Gary R. Edgerton. New York: Palgrave/St. Martin's Press, 2001. 268 pp. $26.95 hbk. This is the first book-length treatment of the most important present-day American documentary filmmaker and his work. Indeed, as one reviewer is...
Living Up to the Ads: Gender Fictions of the 1920s
Living Up to the Ads: Gender Fictions of the 1920s. Simone Weil Davis. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000. 248 pp. $49.95 hbk. $17.95 pbk. In 1927 a J. Walter Thompson newsletter invited employees to share their opinions about whether accounts could...
Maximum Insight
Maximum Insight. Bill Maxwell. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2001. 316 pp. $24.95 hbk. Bill Maxwell is a columnist and editorial writer for the St. Petersburg Times. His twice-- weekly columns appear in more than 200 newspapers worldwide....
National News Cultures: A Comparison of Dutch, German, British, Australian, and U.S. Journalists
This paper compares the main data findings of a survey among Dutch journalists with results from recent projects in more or less similar countries: Germany, Great Britain, Australia, and the United States. The paper critically discusses existing published...
News Information Processing as Mediator of the Relationship between Motivations and Political Knowledge
The cognitive mediation model of learning from the news proposes that motivations for news use influence the processing to which the news information is put, and that this processing is the proximal determinant of learning. The role of motivations in...
Newspaper Coverage of Fundamentalist Christians, 1980-2000
In light of evidence indicating that political attitudes are driven in part by attitudes toward fundamentalist Christians, this study examines the potential role of media coverage in influencing these attitudes. A content analysis of a probability sample...
On the Record
On The Record. Tom Wicker. New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002. 164 pp. $28.40 pbk. Tom Wicker is one of America's preeminent journalists. He is a former reporter and columnist for the New York Times. He has been a mainstay on Sunday-morning news programs,...
Partisan and Structural Balance in Local Television Election Coverage
Much of what voters learn about candidates for state office comes from local television news programs. Coverage of the 1998 governor's race in Michigan, however, averaged less than 4 percent of hard-news stories. Moreover, about a quarter of those stories...
Philo T. Farnsworth: The Father of Television
Philo T. Farnsworth: The Father of Television. Donald G. Godfrey. Salt Lake City, UT: The University of Utah Press, 2001. 307 pp. $30 hbk. This appealing, comprehensive, and carefully researched and documented study of Philo T. Farnsworth's life and...
Presidential Debates: Forty Years of High-Risk TV
Presidential Debates: Forty Years of High-Risk TV. Alan Schroeder. New York: Columbia University Press, 2000. 271 pp. $17.95 pbk. Pollster Richard Wirthlin likened presidential debates to a game of roulette: "There's no telling which way that marble...
Privileged Son: Chandler and the Rise and Fall of the L.A. Times Dynasty
Privileged Son: Otis Chandler and the Rise and Fall of the LA. Times Dynasty, Dennis McDougal. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing, 2001. 526 pp. $35 hbk. Few people in American newspaper management and ownership during the twentieth century have attained...
Producing Public Voice: Resource Mobilization and Media Access in the National Organization for Women
This paper investigates the resource mobilization and media access of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Using data from NOW's archive and from a content analysis of the New York Times, it tracks NOW's 1966-1980 media access. Two factors were...
Pulitzer: A Life
Pulitzer:A Life. Denis Brian. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2001. 438 pp. $30 hbk. In Pulitzer: A Life, Denis Brian retraces the familiar arc of the life and remarkable career of Joseph Pulitzer-from his rise in newspapering in St. Louis; to his developing...
Radio Nation: Communication, Popular Culture, and Nationalism in Mexico
Radio Nation: Communication, Popular Culture, and Nationalism in Mexico. 1920-1950. Joy Elizabeth Hayes. Tucson, AZ:, The University of Arizona Press, 2000. 154 pp. $35 hbk. Radio Nation is a substantive contribution to the understanding of modern Mexican...
Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World
Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World. Bruce Schneier. New York: Wiley Computer Publishing, 2000. 432 pp. $29.99 hbk. "That is a good book to give to your boss so that his boss will see him reading it and think that he's getting a clue,"...
Silenced Students: The Uncertain but Extensive Power of School Officials to Control Student Expression
This study scrutinizes two years of federal court of appeals school speech rulings in light of two recent Supreme Court decisions applying public forum analysis to determine the limits of government authority over student speech. The author found appeals...
Sounds in the Dark: All Night Radio in American Life
Sounds in the Dark: All Night Radio in American Life. Michael C. Keith. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 2001. 240 pp. $34.95 hbk. During the past forty years, books about radio have been few and far between, especially when compared with the number...
The Beginning of Broadcast Regulation in the Twentieth Century
The Beginning of Broadcast Regulation in the Twentieth Century. Marvin R. Bensman. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., Inc., Publishers, 2000. 280 pp. $35 pbk. It is often said that those who forget history are condemned to repeat it. Marvin Bensman's...
The Girl on the Magazine Cover: The Origins of Visual Stereotypes in American Mass Media
The Girl on the Magazine Cover: The Origins of Visual Stereotypes in American Mass Media. Carolyn Kitch. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2001. 252 pp. $45 hbk. $18.95 pbk. As the cliche goes, you can't judge a book by its cover....
The Making and Unmaking of Civic Journalists: Influences of Professional Socialization
This study explores the origins of civic journalism values as a function of professional socialization. Findings from a survey of college students and professional journalists reveal a progression of socialization that begins with students supporting...
The Normative-Economic Justification for Public Discourse: Letter to the Editor as a "Wide Open" Forum
To show how U.S. society thinks about public discourse, this study examines how editors in the San Francisco Bay area speak about the letters to the editor section. The research finds that editors successfully balance two visions of the section. On the...
Think about It This Way: Attribute Agenda-Setting Function of the Press and the Public's Evaluation of a Local Issue
This study examined the attribute agenda-setting function of the media, which refers to significant correspondence between prominent issue attributes in the media and the agenda of attributes among audiences. An opinion survey on a local issue and a...
This Is the American Forces Network: The Anglo-American Battle of the Air Waves in World War II
This Is the American Forces Network: The Anglo-American Battle of the Air Waves in World War If. Patrick Morley. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2001. 174 pp. $62.50 hbk. The conduct of war is not limited to the battlefield, the airspace above it, or the seven...
Tinker Belles and Evil Queens: The Walt Disney Company from Inside Out
* Tinker Belles and Evil Queens: The Walt Disney Company from Inside Out. Sean Griffin. New York: New York University Press, 2000. 292 pp. $18.95 pbk. In the last seventy-plus years, the cartoons, movies, television shows, radio programs, and theme parks...
Voices of Revolution: The Dissident Press in America
Voices of Revolution: The Dissident Press in America. Rodger Streitmatter. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001. 335 pp. $18.50 pbk. Rodger Streitmatter, professor of journalism at American University, has advanced the concepts of, and rationales...
Web Site Use and News Topic and Type
This study investigates the relationship between types of news events and daily traffic at the New York Times on the Web. CNN and ABC newscasts were content analyzed to represent each day's news coverage and compared with Web site usage data made available...
What the Public Thinks about Public Relations: An Impression Management Experiment
Impression management theories suggest that perceived motives of selfinterest may explain the poor reputation sometimes attributed to public relations. A 4x2x2 factorial design experiment with 585 nonstudent adults and undergraduate students tested effects...