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. 83, No. 1, Spring

An Editorial Comment
The first five articles in this issue address, from different perspectives, mass communication that persuades and advocates partisan positions, or that provides the "raw material" of news from which issues are learned and partisan positions formed, or...
Communication Impact: Designing Research That Matters
Communication Impact: Designing Research that Matters. Susanna Hornig Priest, ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005. 278 pp. $75 hbk. $29.95 pbk.The communication field in general and graduate research methods instructors in particular should...
Educating the Consumer-Citizen: A History of the Marriage of Schools, Advertising and Media
Educating the Consumer-Citizen: A History of the Marriage of Schools, Advertising and Media. Joel Spring. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 2003. 254 pp. $24.50 pbk.How did U.S. schools become consumer factories, and how did the American Dream...
Examining the Effects of Public Journalism on Civil Society from 1994 to 2002: Organizational Factors, Project Features, Story Frames, and Citizen Engagement
After more than a decade of public journalism efforts, empirical knowledge of whether these efforts have met the movement's goals remains largely based on in-depth case studies. To address this shortcoming, this study analyzes 651 cases of public journalism...
Fair and Balanced. A History of Journalistic Objectivity
Fair and Balanced. A History of Journalistic Objectivity. Steven R. Knowlton and Karen L. Freeman, eds. Northport, AL: Vision Press, 2005. 246 pp. $24.95 hbk.Fair and Balanced. A History of Journalistic Objectivity sets itself an unenviable task and...
Handbook for Research in Media Law
Handbook for Research in Media Law. Carol S, Lomicky and Trudy C. de Goede. Ames, IA: Blackwell Publishing, 2005. 228 pp. $34.99 pbk.Next semester my job will be much easier, my media law students will be less frustrated and more productive, and we'll...
Handbook of Media Management and Economics
Handbook of Media Management and Economics. Alan B. Albarran, Sylvia M. Chan-Olmsted, and Michael O. Wirth, eds. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006. 750 pp. $195 hbk. $79.95 pbk.We might never again see so many academic leaders on the business...
Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age
Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age. Michael Bugeja. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. 226 pp. $49.00 hbk.For some time scholars have examined the impact of media on our society, including their positive and negative...
Is Internet Content Different after All? a Content Analysis of Mobilizing Information in Online and Print Newspapers
The present study answers calls of previous research to analyze the content of online news, assessing differences between print and online newspapers in frequency of "mobilizing information" (MI)-information aiding people to act on pre-existing attitudes....
Margaret Bourke-White: The Early Work, 1922-1930
Margaret Bourke-White: The Early Work, 1922-1930. Ronald Ostman and Harry Littell. Boston: David R. Godine, Publisher, 2005. 89 pp. $19.95 pbk.The premier issue of Life magazine (23 November 1936) introduced the bold photography of Margaret Bourke-White...
Network News Coverage of Breast Cancer, 1974 to 2003
This study content analyzed 602 news story abstracts on breast cancer from the three major TV networks during the past three decades (1974 to 2003). The amount of news coverage on breast cancer increased during the time period. Some topics, such as prevention...
Newspapers and the Making of Modern America: A History
Newspapers and the Making of Modern America: A History. Aurora Wallace. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005. 214 pp. $49.95 hbk.Aurora Wallace's Newspapers and the Making of Modern America collects brief histories of a handful of newspapers, from small-town...
Organizational Goals and Priorities and the Job Satisfaction of U.S. Journalists
Data from a survey of 1,149 U.S. journalists suggest news workers' job satisfaction is associated with perceptions about employers' business and professional (journalistic) goals and priorities. Journalists tend to be less satisfied if they work for...
Partisan and Structural Balance in Newspaper Coverage of U.S. Senate Races in 2004 with Female Nominees
Nine newspapers covering U.S. Senate races in 2004 were mostly even-handed in the space and prominence given candidates. Reporter gender, newsroom diversity, and newspaper size were associated with partisan imbalance giving more favorable treatment to...
Power & Press Freedom in Liberia, 1830-1970: The Impact of Globalization and Civil Society on Media-Government Relations
Power & Press Freedom in Liberia, 1830-1970: The Impact of Globalization and Civil Society on Media-Government Relations. Carl Patrick Burrowes. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2004. 312 pp. $99.95 hbk. $29.95 pbk.In Power & Press Freedom in...
Quagmires and Quandaries: Exploring Journalism Ethics
Quagmires and Quandaries: Exploring Journalism Ethics. Ian Richards. Sydney, Australia: University of South Wales Press, 2005. 191 pp. $34.95 pbk.In a book that is both broad in scope and succinctly argued, Ian Richards provides an overview of key ethical...
RTÉ and the Globalisation of Irish Television
RTÉ and the Globalisation of Irish Television. Parrel Corcoran. Bristol, UK: Intellect Books, 2004. 227 pp. $29.95 pbk.Nationally funded public service television broadcasters have been placed under a variety of stresses in the past decades. As private...
Schemas as Average Conceptions: Skin Tone, Television News Exposure, and Culpability Judgments
An experiment examined the extent to which race and skin tone of a perpetrator in a crime news story could influence subsequent culpability judgments of race unidentified suspects. There were no differences in culpability judgments between light news...
Telegram! Modern History as Told through More Than 400 Witty and Revealing Telegrams
Telegram! Modern History as Told Through More Than 400 Witty and Revealing Telegrams. Linda Rosenkrantz. New York: Henry Holt & Company, 2003. 224 pp. $18 hbk.If Henry Ford thought that history was all bunk, then he may have opined that its oft-time...
The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications
The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications. Paul Starr. New York: Basic Books, 2004. 484 pp. $27.50 hbk. $16.95 pbk.Paul Starr's historical account of the development of media technology over the last five hundred years is,...
The Effects of Issue Advocacy Advertising on Voters' Candidate Issue Knowledge and Turnout
This study examined the effects of issue advocacy ads on voters' candidate issue knowledge and turnout, using the 2000 National Election Study survey combined with ad tracking data by Campaign Media Analysis Group. The results showed that those who lived...
The Effects of Print News Photographs of the Casualties of War
This investigation examined effect of news photographs of Iraq war casualties on reader emotional response and attitudes about U.S. military presence, and the impact of inoculation pretreatments. Three print news conditions were used: photographs with...
The Quieted Voice: The Rise and Demise of Localism in American Radio
The Quieted Voice: The Rise and Demise of Localism in American Radio. Robert L. Milliard and Michael C. Keith. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2005. 256 pp. $55 hbk. $28.50 pbk.For many, U.S. radio has become a poster child for media...
The Rights of Corporate Speech: Mobil Oil and the Legal Development of the Voice of Big Business
The Rights of Corporate Speech: Mobil Oil and the Legal Development of the Voice of Big Business. Robert Kerr. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC, 2005. 212 pp. $65.00.Robert Kerr has produced an extraordinarily thorough analysis of the issue advertisements...
The Soap Opera Paradigm: Television Programming and Corporate Priorities
The Soap Opera Paradigm: Television Programming and Corporate Priorities. James H. Wittebols. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2004. 231 pp. $75.00 hbk. $27.95 pbk.What if television were different? What if broadcasters placed the...
The Subjective Precision of Computers: A Methodological Comparison with Human Coding in Content Analysis
With the increased sophistication and speed of computers, fewer text content analysis projects utilize traditional human coding. This methodological case study was designed to compare results of human versus computer-assisted coding using the same data...
Vigilante Newspapers: A Tale of Sex, Religion, & Murder in the Northwest
Vigilante Newspapers: A Tale of Sex, Religion, & Murder in the Northwest. Gerald J. Baldasty. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2005. 189 pp. $22.50 pbk.On 25 June 1906, the day that Harry Thaw shot Stanford White in an honor killing involving...
Voter Learning in the 2004 Presidential Election: Did the Media Matter?
This study examines the relationships of exposure and attention to various news media, including the Internet, with information learned about the issue positions of candidates George Bush and John Kerry, interest in the 2004 election campaign, and intention...
War, Media, and Propaganda: A Global Perspective
War, Media, and Propaganda: A Global Perspective. Yahya R. Kamalipour and Nancy Snow, eds. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2004. 280 pp. $75.00 hbk. $27.95 pbk.After America's hot war in Iraq in spring 2003, a stream of books recounting...
Woman as Machine: Representation of Secretaries in Interwar Magazines
Magazine representation of secretaries and telephone operators during the 1920s and 1930s depicted expectations about technology, sexuality, and domesticity. Using semiotic analysis, this article examines editorial copy and advertisements in Forbes,...
Working with Numbers and Statistics: A Handbook for Journalists
Working with Numbers and Statistics: A Handbook for Journalists. Charles Livingston and Paul Voakes. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. 2005. 113 pp. $16.95 pbk.Every university needs to offer a major where mathphobes can hide out. It should...