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. 77, No. 1, Spring

An Editorial Comment
In the Winter Issue of 1999, as a way of beginning a series of articles to address the pathway to a new century, we published a list of "Significant Journalism and Communication Books of the Twentieth Century." I received some comments and then solicited...
Behavioral Journalism for HIV Prevention: Community Newsletters Influence Risk-Related Attitudes and Behavior
Research teams in five cities used behavioral journalism to promote condom use and injection hygiene (use of bleach to clean shared injection equipment) among subpopulations at risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. For three years, HIV-prevention...
Digital McLuhan: A Guide to the Information Millennium
Digital McLuhan: A Guide to the Information Millennium. Paul Levinson. London, UK: Routledge, 1999. 226 pp. $27.95 hbk. "I don't explain-I explore." This quote from McLuhan captures the spirit and the substance of Paul Levinson's Digital McLahan as well...
Ethical Language and Themes in News Coverage of Genetic Testing
Ethical theory is employed in this study to assess news coverage of genetic testing, a topic with widely acknowledged ethical implications for professions and society. Ethical language and themes were examined in thirtyone broadcast and print stories...
From Afghanistan to Chechnya: News Coverage by Izvestia and the New York Times
This study analyzed newspaper coverage of conflicts in Afghanistan and Chechnya by the New York Times and the Russian newspaper Izvestia to examine the impact of political change on news coverage. The Soviet Union's dissolution included dramatic changes...
Gorbachev's Glasnost: The Soviet Media in the First Phase of Perestroika
Gorbachev's Glasnost: The Soviet Media in the First Phase of Perestroika. Joseph Gibbs. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press,1999. 747 pp. $27.95 hbk. Glasnost was never meant to produce the Soviet equivalent of a Western-style independent...
How Feeling Free to Talk Affects Ordinary Political Conversation, Purposeful Argumentation, and Civic Participation
Scholars have examined how specific opinion climates affect political discourse, but little attention has been given to how perceived freedom to talk in general is related to congenial political conversation in ordinary spaces or willingness to argue...
Lessons from the Past: Journalists' Lives and Work, 1850-1950
Lessons from the Past: Journalists' Lives and Work,1850-1950. Fred Fedler. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press, Inc., 2000. 250 pp. $17.95 pbk. There really is no way to sugar-coat this review of Fred Fedler's book, which promises to examine the lives...
Local Press Coverage of Environmental Conflict
An examination of 600 items in the local press coverage of environmental conflict during a fen-year period showed that a community daily in a small, but heterogeneous system (1) did indeed favor government/industry sources rather than activists/citizens...
Making a Difference: U.S. Press Coverage of the Kwangju and Tiananmen Pro-Democracy Movements
This study examined New York Times and Washington Post news coverage and U.S. government responses and foreign policy decisions concerning two similar East Asian political movements in the I980s-the Kwangju movement in South Korea and the Tiananmen movement...
Mass Media and Cultural Identity: Ethnic Reporting on Asia
Mass Media and Cultural Identity: Ethnic Reporting in Asia. Anura Goonasekera and Youichi Ito, eds. London, UK: Pluto Press, 1999. 305 pp. Price not available. University education in international journalism and intercultural communication in the United...
Media and Religion in American History
Media and Religion in American History. Wm. David Sloan, ed. Northport, IL: Vision Press, 2000. 293 pp. $24.95 pbk. This book offers eighteen chapters on media's religion coverage, religious media, religions' public relations, and reporters and publishers'...
Media Use and Civic Participation in the African-American Population: Exploring Participation among Professionals and Nonprofessionals
Empirical research has shown a positive relationship between local news media use, community integration, and political participation for the general population. This study examined whether the media serve such functions for African-American professionals...
News Agencies, National Images, and Global Media Events
One strategy used by nations to enhance their image is to host global media events. This study examines Associated Press, Reuters, and Inter Press Service coverage of six major U.N. summit meetings for their presentation of the host nations. Three of...
News in the Global Sphere: A Study of CNN and Its Impact on Global Communication
News in the Global Sphere: a Study of CNN and its Impact on Global Communication. Ingrid Volkmer. Luton, Bedfordshire, UK; University of Luton Press, 1999. 237pp. $29.95 pbk. Even though the "CNN factor" has been pointed out frequently in any discussion...
New York Times and Network TV News Coverage of Foreign Disasters: The Significance of the Insignificant Variables
This article analyzes U.S. news media coverage of foreign disasters, using a new data set on disasters, and incorporates variables representing several possible contextual influences on the amount of coverage. The most notable aspect of the results produced...
On Media Violence
On Media Violence. W. James Potter. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1999. 304 pp. $59.95 hbk., $29.95 pbk. In 1992, Denis MacQuail, in his excellent analysis of research priorities for assessing the quality of public service delivered by the media,...
Portrayal of Men and Women in U.S. Spanish-Language Television Commercials
While numerous studies have analyzed women's portrayals in U.S. general market television as well as depiction of both sexes in several foreign countries, no data have been published regarding gender depictions targeted to the growing U.S. Hispanic market...
Relation of Growth of Use of the Internet to Changes in Media Use from 1995 to 1999
This national survey of media use shows a huge gain for Internet use in the last four years and decline for both local and network television news and for newspapers. Comparison of those who use the Internet and those who do not shows that Internet users...
Reporting Hong Kong: Foreign Media and the Handover
Reporting Hong Kong: Foreign Media and the Handover. Alan Knight and Yoshiko Nakano, eds. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 1999. 223 pp. $49 hbk., $23.95 pbk. Solemn British diplomats and their families sadly wipe their eyes as they bid a final farewell...
Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times
Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times. Robert W. McChesney. Urbana and Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1999. 427 pp. $32.95 hbk. Methodically, chapter following chapter in Rich Media, Poor Democracy, Robert McChesney...
Televised Presidential Debates and Public Policy
Televised Presidential Debates and Public Policy, 2d ed. Sidney Kraus. Mahwah, NJ, and London, UK: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000. 323pp. $65.95 hbk., $32.50 pbk. In a new election season replete with candidate debates, it is useful to be reminded...
The Case for Television Violence
The Case for Television Violence. Jib Fowles. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage,1999. 161 pp. $44 hbk., $24.95 pbk. To be honest, I cannot decide whether I think this is a bad book because I so profoundly disagree with the author's point of view, or whether I...
The Hidden Screen: Low Power Television in America
The Hidden Screen: Low Power Television in America. Robert L. Hilliard and Michael C. Keith. Armonk, NY, and London, UK: M.E. Sharpe, 1999. 213 pp. $64.95 hbk., $19.95 pbk. Low Power Television Stations have been with us for nearly twenty years, but...
The Microscope and the Moving Target: The Challenge of Applying Content Analysis to the World Wide Web
Analysis of nineteen studies that apply content analysis techniques to the World Wide Web found that this stable research technique can be applied to a dynamic environment. However, the rapid growth and change of Web-based content present some unique...
The Taming of the Press: Cohen V. Cowles Media Company
The Taming of the Press: Cohen v. Cowles Media Company. Elliot C. Rothenberg. Westport, CT & London, UK: Praeger,1999. 283 pp. $39.95 hbk. The Taming of the Press is the story behind the case of Cohen v. Cowles Media Co., a landmark ruling by the...
The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind the New York Times
The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind the New York Times. Susan E. Tifft and Alex S. Jones. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 1999. 870 pp. $29.95 hbk. "Drink is the curse of the New York Herald Tribune; sex is the bane of the New York Times," is...
Web Wisdom: How to Evaluate and Create Information Quality on the Web
Web Wisdom: How to Evaluate and Create Information Quality on the Web. Janet E. Alexander and Marsha Ann Tate. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates,1999.168 pp. $39.95 hbk., $16.50 pbk. Two Widener University reference librarians whose web site has...