Journalism History

Publication covering history and analysis of journalism.

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 1, Spring

Book Reviews -- Froth & Scum: Truth, Beauty, Goodness and the Ax Murder in America's First Mass Medium by Andie Tucher
Tucher, Andie. Froth & Scum: Truth, Beauty, Goodness and the Ax Murder in America's First Mass Medium. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994. 257 pp. $39.95.This examination of crime reporting in the Penny Press era will become a...
Book Reviews -- Magazines for the Millions: Gender and Commerce in the Ladies Home Journal and the Saturday Evening Post by Helen Damon-Moore
Damon-Moore, Helen. Magazines for the Millions: Gender and Commerce in the Ladies Home Journal and the Saturday Evening Post. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994. 263 pp. $17.95.Magazines for the Millions is a detailed comparative analysis...
Book Reviews -- Partisans of the Southern Press: Editorial Spokesmen of the Nineteenth Century by Carl R. Osthaus
Osthaus, Carl R. Partisans of the Southern Press: Editorial Spokesmen of the Nineteenth Century. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1994. 294 pp. $39.95."The history of Southern journalism has yet to be written," Carl R. Osthaus aptly observes...
Book Reviews -- Radio and Television in Cuba: The Pre-Castro Era by Michael B. Salwen
Salwen, Michael B. Radio and Television in Cuba: The Pre-Castro Era. Ames: Iowa State University, 1994. 224 pp. $37.95.One could wait until what most believe will be the ultimate collapse of communism in Cuba to write this book. Or, one could wait and...
Book Reviews -- Scripps, the Divided Dynasty: A History of the First Family of American Journalism by Jack Casserly
Casserly, Jack. Scripps, The Divided Dynasty: A History of the First Family of American Journalism. New York: Donald I. Fine, 1993. 236 pp. $23.95.Jack Casserly's Scripps, he Divided Dynasty makes a good attempt at sorting out the complicated family...
Book Reviews -- the Early American Press, 1690-1783 by Wm. David Sloan and Julie Hedgepeth Williams
Sloan, Wm. David and Julie Hedgepeth Williams. The Early American Press, 1690-1783. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1994. 248 pp. $59.95.For too many years, the significance of the press and printers of early America has been overlooked or assumed to...
Book Reviews -- the Military and the Media: Why the Press Cannot Be Trusted to Cover a War by William V. Kennedy
Kennedy, William V. The Military and the Media: Why the Press Cannot Be Trusted To Cover a War. Westport, Conn: Praeger Publishers, 1993. 184 pages. $45.The Military and the Media by William V. Kennedy argues that journalists are too ignorant to inform...
Book Reviews -- the Political Performers: CBS Broadcasts in the Public Interest by Michael D. Murray
Murray, Michael D. The Political Performers: CBS Broadcasts in the Public Interest. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1994. 272 pp. $55.Michael Murray sets out in this book to offer "concrete models of excellence in the field of broadcast news and public affairs."...
Book Reviews -- Women in Printing: Northern California, 1857-1890 by Roger Levenson
Levenson, Roger. Women in Printing: Northern California, 1857-1890. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Capra Press, 1994. 272 pp. $12.95.This book was a labor of love for Roger Levenson, who spent about thirty years collecting data on women who worked in Northern...
Electronic Media Reviews -- Eyewitness to History: William L. Shirer
"Eyewitness to History: William L. Shirer." Princeton, N.J.: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1994. 30 minutes, $395.One of the most respected authorities on the Third Reich, William L. Shirer has for fifty years been the conscience for a world...
Electronic Media Reviews -- Six O'Clock and All's Well
"Six O'Clock and All's Well." New York: The Cinema Guild, Inc., 1980. 60 minutes, $350.This "slice of life" documentary shows the TV news process at WABC's "Eyewitness News" in New York City in May and June 1977. Producer/director Robert Spencer set...
Electronic Media Reviews -- the Selling of the Pentagon
"The Selling of the Pentagon." New York: CBS News Archives, 1971. 60 minutes, $200.Most network documentaries and specials have closing billboards instructing viewers how to order copies of the program. Usually these offers expire with a month or two....
Muckraking Journalists and Their Readers: Perceptions of Professionalism
The two greatest secular agencies that America has produced to raise the standard of the world's manhood are Roosevelt and Collier's. The dogs that each have bit have howled. L. Haynes Bunton, MD, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Collier's, 1909(1)McClure's has...
"Ten Thousand Tongues" Speaking for Peace: Purposes and Strategies of the Nineteenth-Century Peace Advocacy Press
Dear Sir, I am converted to Peace principles, and I attribute it to the reading of your paper," a Georgia minister wrote to the editor of the Quaker Messenger of Peace in 1879. Elsewhere, another reader admonished the editor of the Herald of Peace that...
The Re-Emergence of American Investigative Journalism 1960-1975
Investigative journalism burst upon America's collective consciousness with the publication in 1974 of All the President's Men and the book's production into a popular 1976 movie.(1) The book and movie chronicle the exploits of Washington Post reporters...