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. 87, No. 1, Spring

Agenda Diffusion: An Integrated Model of Agenda Setting and Interpersonal Communication
The present study proposes a model of agenda diffusion as an explanation for inconsistencies in agenda-setting research. We suggest that interpersonal communication plays a pivotal role in a two-step process in which the media agenda diffuses first from...
Age of Obama: A Reporter's Journey with Clinton, McCain and Obama in the Making of the President 2008
Age of Obama: A Reporter's Journey with Clinton, McCain and Obama in The Making of the President 2008. Mark Curtis. Ann Arbor, MI: Nimble Books, 2009. 228 pp. $20.51 pbk.Mark Curtis is a seasoned radio and television anchor /reporter and blogger who...
Booknotes
With this issue, we celebrate some of the best books in our field, in the form of the 2009 James W. Tankard Book Award, which recognizes scholarship that is both beautifully written and breaks new ground. In the case of the three 2009 Tankard finalists,...
Burying Don Imus: Anatomy of a Scapegoat
* Burying Don Imus: Anatomy of a Scapegoat. Michael Awkward. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2009. 207 pp. $24.95 hbk.Michael Awkward's insightful Burying Don Imus makes a succinct and invaluable contribution in the venerable scholarly...
Cleveland Amory: Media Curmudgeon and Animal Rights Crusader
* Cleveland Amory: Media Curmudgeon and Animal Rights Crusader. Marilyn Greenwald. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England, 2009. 276 pp. $27.95 hbk.A curmudgeon, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is "an avaricious churlish fellow," someone...
Combination Essay: PR Case Studies
Applied Public Relations: Cases in Stakeholder Management. Kathy Brittain McKee and Larry F. Lamb. New York: Routledge, 2009, 2d ed. 344 pp. 44.95 hbk.Cases in Public Relations Management. Patricia Swann. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. 388 pp. $138.84 hbk....
Communication as Culture: Essays on Media and Society
* Communication as Culture: Essays on Media and Society, rev. ed. James W Carey. New York and London: Routledge, 2009. 205 pp.James W. Carey collected essays he wrote in the 1970s and 1980s into a volume titled Communication as Culture, originally published...
Communication Yearbook 33
* Communication Yearbook 33. Christina S. Beck, ed. New York, NY: Routledge Communication, 2009. 536 pp. $155 hbk.This yearbook, the fourth edited by Christina S. Beck, a professor of communication studies at Ohio University, represents a stellar achievement...
Comparative Review: American Media Influence Abroad
American Idol After Iraq: Competing for Hearts and Minds in the Global Media Age. Nathan Gardels and Mike Medavoy. Chichester, UK: WileyBlackwell, 2009. 170 pp. 24.95 pbk.The Media Were American: U.S. Mass Media in Decline. Jeremy Tunstall. New York,...
Cosmopolitan Communications: Cultural Diversity in a Globalized World
* Cosmopolitan Communications: Cultural Diversity in a Globalized World. Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 430 pp. $90 hbk. $25.99 pbk.Cosmopolitan Communications: Cultural Diversity in a Globalized World...
Dimensions of News Media Brand Personality
This study explores the structure of news media brand personality across multiple media outlets including television network news, newspapers, and news magazines. Through a series of exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis procedures with an initial...
Encyclopedia of Journalism
Encyclopedia of Journalism. Christopher H. Sterling, ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2009. 3,136 pp. $795 hbk.It's difficult to imagine a sector of society - especially one that so utterly affects us as citizens - that is more in a state of...
Friendlyvision: Fred Friendly and the Rise and Fall of Television Journalism
Friendlyvision: Fred Friendly and the Rise and Fall of Television Journalism. Ralph Engelman. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2009. 424 pp. $34.50 hbk.Fred Friendly is remembered as the CBS News president who resigned because CBS would not broadcast...
Home/Land/Security: What We Learn about Arab Communities from Action-Adventure Films
* Home/Land/Security: What We Learn About Arab Communities from Action-Adventure Films. Karin Gwinn Wilkins. New York, NY: Lexington Books, 2009. 112 pp. $50 hbk.In an effort to swing research from a focus on content to a focus on the implications of...
Intelligently Designed: Creationism's News Appeal
Advocates of "intelligent design" have gained media coverage for their cause despite having little support in the scientific community. This study of news about ID-specifically, the 2005 controversy and trial in Dover, Pennsylvania-shows the story's...
International Libel & Privacy Handbook: A Global Reference for Journalists, Publishers, Webmasters, and Lawyers
* International Libel & Privacy Handbook: A Global Reference for Journalists, Publishers, Webmasters, and Lawyers, 2d ed. Charles J. Glasser Jr., ed. New York, NY: Bloomberg Press, 2009. 496 pp. $49.95 pbk.International Libel & Privacy Handbook...
Late Edition: A Love Story
* Late Edition: A Love Story. Bob Greene. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 2009. 320 pp. $25.99 hbk.The "Late Edition" in the title was the Columbus Citizen-Journal, once the AM paper in Columbus, Ohio - author Bob Greene's hometown. The C-J folded...
Looking Back at the Arkansas Gazette: An Oral History
* Looking Back at the Arkansas Gazette: An Oral History. Roy Reed, ed. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 2009. 316 pp. 8 photos. $34.95 hbk.In this exploration of the late Arkansas Gazette, the oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi when...
Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America - and Found Unexpected Peace
* Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America - and Found Unexpected Peace. William Lobdell. New York, NY: Collins, 2009. 291 pp. $26 hbk.William Lobdell has managed to do what Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and even...
Making Online News: The Ethnography of New Media Production
* Making Online News: The Ethnography of New Media Production. Chris Paterson and David Domingo, eds. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2008. 236 pp. $32.95 pbk.This collection of essays grew out of research originally presented as part of the...
Modeling Perceived Influences on Journalism: Evidence from a Cross-National Survey of Journalists
Surveying 1,700 journalists from seventeen countries, this study investigates perceived influences on news work. Analysis reveals a dimensional structure of six distinct domains - political, economic, organizational, professional, and procedural influences,...
Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life
* Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life. Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith. New York: Public Affairs, 2009. 368 pp. and 8 pp. photos. $26.95 hbk."What's the difference between yogurt and Texas? Yogurt has a live culture..."My only chance to hear Molly Ivins speak...
Newly Released
African Americans and the Media. Catherine R. Squires. Maiden, MA: Polity Press, 2009. 248 pp. $74.95 hbk. ISBN: 0745640346, $26.95 pbk. ISBN: 0745640362.Against the Machine: How the Web is Reshaping Culture and Commerce- and Why it Matters. Lee Siegel....
Political Communication in American Campaigns
* Political Communication in American Campaigns. Joseph S. Turnan. Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications, 2008. 304 pp. $44.95 pbk.In the aftermath of the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Joseph S. Turnan offers a timely reminder that partisanship, the...
Public Reactions toward an Ethical Dilemma Faced by Photojournalists: Examining the Conflict between Acting as a Dispassionate Observer and Acting as a "Good Samaritan"
When documenting human tragedy, photojournalists frequently face ethical dilemmas in choosing between acting as dispassionate observers and "Good Samaritans." This study asked whether readers adopt a situational ethics rationale when they assess the...
The 2009 James W. Tankard Book Award
This issue of JMCQ' s Books Section leads with a celebration of three of the best books in our field, the finalists for the 2009 James W. Tankard Book Award, awarded last summer in Boston. John J. Pauly, provost at Marquette and chair of the Tankard...
The Enduring Book: Print Culture in Postwar America
The Enduring Book: Print Culture in Postwar America. David Paul Nord, Joan Shelley Rubin, and Michael Schudson, eds. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press/ American Antiquarian Society, 2009. 618 pp. $60 hbk.This is the fifth and final...
The News Organization in Uncertain Times: Business or Institution?
This study compares rational-choice economics approaches with institutional theory in assessing the ways news organizations respond to uncertainty. Rational-choice approaches suggest newsroom managers facing uncertainty will pursue "tight coupling" by...
The Origins of Television News in America: The Visualizers of CBS in the 1940s
* The Origins of Television News in America: The Visualizers of CBS in the 1940s. Mike Conway. New York, NY: Peter Lang, 2009. 397 pp. $99.95 hbk.For those who think they know the history of television news - who believe that Edward R. Murrow and the...
THE PUBLIC NUISANCE PARADIGM: CHANGES IN MASS MEDIA COVERAGE OF POLITICAL PROTEST SINCE THE 1960s
This study examined coverage of protests in five major newspapers in the United States between 1967 and 2007, and found that during that time period, protests were depicted as a nuisance. Such depictions are attributed to the rise of a "public nuisance"...
The Song Remains the Same: Transformative Purpose Analysis in Fair Use Law
Fair use doctrine in copyright law is widely known as a difficult and unpredictable area of legal doctrine. Recently, the "transformative use" doctrine has emerged as a dominant approach to fair use determinations. Some courts are even viewing as transformative...
The Voice of Newfoundland: A Social History of the Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland, 1939-1949
* The Voice of Newfoundland: A Social History of the Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland, 1939-1949. Jeff A. Webb. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008. 272 pp. $65 hbk. $29.95 pbk.Unless they have traveled there, it's unlikely most JMCQ readers...
Things That Make Us [Sic]: The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar Takes on Madison Avenue, Hollywood, the White House, and the World
* Things That Make Us [Sic]: The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar Takes on Madison Avenue, Hollywood, the White House, and the World. Martha Brockenbrough. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2008. 244 pp. $19.95, hbk.As the title indicates, Things...
Typing Politics: The Role of Blogs in American Politics
* Typing Politics: The Role of Blogs in American Politics. Richard Davis. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2009. 232 pp. $19.95 pbk.Bloggers are usurping the power of traditional journalism elites and giving a political voice to the previously...
Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century
* Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century. Lee C. Bollinger. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2010. 210 pp. $21.95 hbk.Many journalism and mass communication educators should know Columbia University President Lee Bollinger....
Use of and Satisfaction with Newspaper Sites in the Local Market: Exploring Differences between Hybrid and Online-Only Users
This study explores U.S. newspapers' online readership in the local market by comparing (1) "hybrid" readers who access both the print and online versions and (2) online-only readers. Survey data gathered from twenty-eight newspaper sites show that hybrid...
Virtual Community Support for Offline Communities through Online Newspaper Message Forums
A survey of participants in message forums located within the online sites of U.S. newspapers determined that taking part in forum reading and posting helps to predict users' sense that they understand their local communities better but is not related...