Journalism History

Publication covering history and analysis of journalism.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 2, Summer

A Chance to Build for Our Selves
Black Press Boosterism in Oklahoma, 1891-1915 I 1891, the editor of the Langston City Herald, an Oklahoma-based black newspaper which circulated in the South, asked: "How long, oh! how long will the thrifty people of our race put up with the treatment...
Bleep! Censoring Rock and Rap Music
Winfield, Betty Houchin and Sandra Davidson, eds. Bleep! Censoring Rock and Rap Music Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999.114 pp. $55. The arts-painting, photography, film, theater, literature, and music-have long been lightening rods for would-be...
Covering Iowa: The History of the Des Moines Register and Tribune Company, 1849-1985
Friedricks, William B. Covering Iowa: The History of the Des Moines Register and Tribune Company, 1849-1985. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 2000. 307 pp. $49.95. On the day the Gannett chain swallowed the Des Moines Register, the newspaper's former...
"Don't Be a TV: Television Victim"
"Don't Be a TV: Television Victim." Media Watch. Literacy Primer. P. O. Box 618, Santa Cruz, Calif. 95061-0618.18 minutes. This video provides an overview of many of the widely debated issues concerning children and television. It offers an overview...
Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination, from Amos 'N' Andy and Edward R. Murrow to Wolfman Jack and Howard Stern
Douglas, Susan J. Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination, from Amos 'n' Andy and Edward R Murrow to Wolf man Jack and Howard Stern. New York: Times Books, 1999. 496 pp. $27.50. In an attempt to ignite renewed interest in broader cultural studies...
More Than a Modest Subculture
Virgil Thomson's "Nearly Perfect" Music Criticism In his first appearance in the New York Herald Tribune, Virgil Thomson ripped the opening concert of the New York Philharmonic's ninety-ninth season. The October 11, 1940, review, entitled "Age Without...
Silencing the Opposition: Antinuclear Movements and the Media in the Cold War
Rojecki, Andrew. Silencing the Opposition: Antinuclear Movements and the Media in the Cold War. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1999. 195 pp. $16.95. This volume in The History of Communication series edited by Robert W. McChesney and John C....
Sincerely, Andy Rooney
Rooney, Andy. Sincerely, Andy Rooney. New York: Public Affairs, 1999. 336 pp. $23. In assessing the importance of Andy Rooney's contributions to journalism history consider the following: he worked for every president CBS News ever had. Furthermore,...
Singing and Selling Seeds
The Live Music Era on Rural Midwestern Radio Stations Gretta Woodson's singing career began on a hot summer afternoon in 1925. Employed as an office worker, Woodson and her sister had enjoyed a quick lunch in a downtown Oklahoma City restaurant. With...
"The Ad and the Ego"
"The Ad and the Ego." San Francisco: California Newsreel, 1996,57 minute VHS tape. Purchase $195; rental $95. Web site: www.newsreel.org. Videos about advertising? The temptation is to string together a series of contemporary television commercials,...
The Taming of the Press: Cohen V. Cowles Media Company
Rothenberg, Elliot C. The Taming of the Press: Cohen v. Cowles Media Company. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 1999. 247 pp. $39.95. Elliot C. Rothenberg's The Taming of the Press is an intriguing narrative about courtroom battles between the author,...
"Warning: The Media May Be Hazardous to Your Health"
"Warning: The Media May Be Hazardous to Your Health." Santa Cruz, Calif.: Media Watch, 1990, 36-minute VHS tape. Purchase $155. Web site: www.mediawatch.com. Media Watch was founded in 1984 by Ann J. Simonton. The goal of the organization is to educate...
Women Who Made the News: Female Journalists in Canada, 1880-1945
Lang, Marjory. Women Who Made the News: Female Journalists in Canada, 1880-1945. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 1999.359 pp. $32.95. I have long awaited Marjory Lang's Women Who Made the News: Female Journalists in Canada, 1880-1945. The wait...