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. 1, Spring

Ads, Fads, and Consumer Culture: Advertising's Impact on American Character and Society
Ads, Fads, and Consumer Culture: Advertising's Impact on American Character and Society. Arthur Asa Berger. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000. 167 pp. $16.95 pbk. In Ads, Fads, and Consumer Culture, Arthur Asa Berger starts from the premise...
An Editorial Comment
Taking over as Book Review Editor of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly with the next issue is Margaret Blanchard, professor at the University of North Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Although Professor Blanchard has...
Beer and Circus: How Big-Time College Sports Is Crippling Undergraduate Education
Beer and Circus: How Big-time College Sports Is Crippling Undergraduate Education. Murray Sperber. New York, NY: Henry Holt, 2000. 322 pp. $26 hbk. My students and I honor an unwritten, nonaggression pact: I will grade their work as hard as they think...
Degraded Capability: The Media and the Kosovo Crisis
Degraded Capability: The Media and the Kosovo Crisis. Philip Hammond and Edward S. Herman, eds. London: Pluto Press, 2000. 222 pp. $19.95 pbk. Key to the U.S. propaganda victory during the NATO attack on Yugoslavia was the reversal of the sequence of...
Democracy and the Media: A Comparative Perspective
Democracy and the Media: A Comparative Perspective. Richard Gunther and Anthony Mughan, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. 496 pp. $29.95 pbk. What is left to be said about media and government? Quite a bit, apparently, from this useful...
Erosion of Television Coverage of City Hall? Perceptions of TV Reporters on the Beat
In a mail survey of 283 television journalists (67 percent completion) who cover city government in the 214 U.S. television markets, respondents were asked about station commitment to local government news in terms of prominence, airtime, and perceived...
Evelyn Waugh's Scoop: The Facts Behind the Fiction
J&MC Novelist Evelyn Waugh's assignment as the London Daily Mail's Addis Ababa correspondent reporting the Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935-1936 inspired him to write Scoop, a biting satire of the Addis Ababa correspondents. While journalism scholars...
Grassroots Journalism
Grassroots Journalism. Eesha Williams. New York, NY: Apex Press, 2000. 185 pp. $22.95 pbk. This book's subtitle goes a long way to explaining what this book is about, a practical manual for doing the kind of newswriting that doesn't just get people angry,...
Harvesting Minds: How TV Commercials Control Kids
Harvesting Minds: How TV Commercials Control Kids. Roy F. Fox. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2000. 232 pp. $22.50 pbk. In this eye-opening study, Roy F. Fox explores the impact of television commercials that are broadcast on Channel One, the news broadcast...
India's Newspaper Revolution: Capitalism, Politics and the Indian-Language Press 1977-1999
India's Newspaper Revolution: Capitalism, Politics and the IndianLanguage Press 1977-1999. Robin Jeffrey. New York: St Martin's Press, 2000. 234 pp. $65 hbk. Scholars have often produced comparative journalism studies and scrutinized international joumalism...
Intermedia Agenda Setting in the 1996 Presidential Election
This study of the 1996 presidential election analyzed political television advertisements, three major newspapers, and television network newscasts to determine what-if any-intermedia agenda-setting influences existed. The study analyzed 116 political...
New Technologies and Public Relations: Exploring Practitioners' Use of Online Resources to Earn a Seat at the Management Table
A survey of corporate public relations practitioners classified as managers or technicians revealed that although online databases are having positive effects on the practice of public relations, most practitioners are not yet taking advantage of these...
Obituaries in American Culture
Obituaries in American Culture. Janice Hume. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2000. 198 pp. $45 hbk. $18 pbk. This is a great idea that falls short of making a great book. Janice Hume, an assistant professor at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism...
Open Government in the Digital Age: The Legislative History of How Congress Established a Right of Public Access to Electronic Information Held by Federal Agencies
Computerization of government records has become routine in the digital age. In light of rapid advances in information technology, it is, therefore, increasingly important that public access to government-held information is ensured. Congress passed...
Press Freedom and Global Politics
Press Freedom and Global Politics. Douglas A. Van Belle. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2000. 184 pp. $59.95 hbk. In spite of scholars' firm belief and enthusiasm about press freedom in the United States, and ample finding of the free press's association with...
Racialized Coverage of Congress: The News in Black and White
Racialized Coverage of Congress: The News in Black and White. Jeremy Zilber and David Niven. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2000. 160 pp. $57.50 hbk. Editors and reporters who read Racialized Coverage of Congress: The News in Black and White-and all of them...
Revisiting the Civic Duty to Keep Informed in the New Media Environment
The present study revisits the relationship between the civic duty to keep informed and news media use in the new media environment, then discovers that the civic duty to keep informed functions as an intervening variable between education and news media...
The Burden of Visual Truth: The Role of Photojournalism in Mediating Reality
The Burden of Visual Truth: The Role of Photojournalism in Mediating Reality. Julianne H. Newton. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers, 2001. 217 pp. $19.95 pbk. If a photographer breaks away tall prairie grass in front of his lens because...
The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst
The Chief The Life of William Randolph Hearst. David Nasaw. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000. 752 pp. $35 hbk. Few figures in journalism have been the subject of as many biographical and historical works as William Randolph Hearst (18631951), whose influence...
The Metro Wide Web: Changes in Newspapers' Gatekeeping Role Online
Newspapers traditionally have brought selected information about the world to local readers' doorsteps. But as papers go online, their editors face new decisions relating to that gatekeeping role. This study examines the print and online versions of...
The Spiral of Silence and Public Opinion on Affirmative Action
This study sought to more fully explicate the key variables involved in Noelle-Neumann's spiral of silence theory, which states that fear of isolation keeps individuals from expressing opinions perceived to be in the minority. We tested the theory in...
The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America
The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America. Jeffrey Rosen. New York: Random House, 2000. 288 pp. $24.95 hbk. What exactly is the injury suffered when private information is disclosed? The answer varies with the information revealed. Revelation...
When the Frame Is the Game: Revisiting the Impact of "Strategic" Campaign Coverage on Citizens' Information Retention
WHEN THE FRAME Is THE GAME: REVISITING THE IMPACT OF "STRATEGIC" CAMPAIGN COVERAGE ON CITIZENS' INFORMATION RETENTION1 We explore whether campaign news that emphasizes the strategic motivations for a candidate's promises increases negative evaluations...
When the News Doesn't Fit: The New York Times and Hitler's First Two Months in Office, February/March 1933
This study examines the New York Times' news and editorial coverage of Hitler's first two months as German chancellor. While news stories and editorials are analyzed with respect to scope and bias, particular attention is also paid to the decision-making...