Journalism History

Publication covering history and analysis of journalism.

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 3, Fall

Alphabet to Internet: Mediated Communication in Our Lives
Fang, Irving. Alphabet to Internet: Mediated Communication in Our Lives. St. Paul, Minn.: Rada Press, 2008. 504 pp. $95.A few years ago, a student in a reporting class taught by me submitted a story about a neighborhood controversy regarding installation...
An Accidental Journalist: The Adventures of Edmund Stevens, 1934-45
Heckler, Cheryl. An Accidental Journalist: The Adventures of Edmund Stevens, 1934-45. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2007. 304 pp. $34.95.The 1950 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting went to a journalist with an unlikely background. He...
An Inconvenient Legacy: The Jungle and the Immigrant Imperative
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair appeared in 1906, a little more than 100 years ago. This essay will take a broad view of the work and its legacy, and my purpose is an ambitious one: to explore the possibility that there may be lessons in this masterpiece...
A Word from Our Viewers: Reflections from Early Television Audiences
Barfield, Ray. A Word front Our Viewers: Reflections front Early Television Audiences. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2008. 176 pp. $49.95.The literature on early television is composed mainly of institutional histories, memoirs from famous performers, and...
Death Row Women: Murder, Justice, and the New York Press
Gado, Mark. Death Row Women: Murder, Justice, and the New York Press. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2008. 240 pp. $49.95.Through this book, readers learn that the Oxygen network television program "Snapped," which sensationalizes murders committed by women...
Fiction/Nonfiction and Sinclair's the Jungle: Drinking from the Same Well
Rather than make any claims or conclusions about what fiction and nonfiction owe each other at the time that The Jungle was published or even later, I would like to make two points:* What fiction may seem to be borrowing from nonfiction and what nonfiction...
From the Jungle to Food Lion: The History Lessons of Investigative Journalism
In a brief essay celebrating more than 100 years since the publication of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, I would like to defend several of the techniques used by investigative reporters, suggest ways in which investigative journalism and literary journalism...
Henry Luce's Strange Trip: Coverage of LSD in Time and Life, 1954-68
Before possession of hallucinogens was made a federal crime, LSD was the subject of numerous stories in Time and Life magazines, many of which described the experience in glowing terms. The drug was frequently discussed as a scientific marvel that had...
It Doesn't End with Us: The Story of the Daily Cardinal
Hantschel, Allison. It Doesn't End with Us: The Story of the Daily Cardinal. Westminster, Md.: Heritage Books, 2007. 226 pp. $25.College newspapers are an admirable but distinct sub-species of journalism. On one hand, they exude cockiness, youthfulness,...
Killing the Messenger: 100 Years of Media Criticism/Journalism and Truth: Strange Bedfellows
Goldstein, Tom. Killing the Messenger: 100 Years of Media Criticism. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007. 280 pp. $26.50. Goldstein, Tom. Journalism and Truth: Strange Bedfellows. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2007. 207 pp. $24.95.Truth,...
People's Movements, People's Press: The Journalism of Social Justice Movements
Ostertag, Bob. People's Movements, People's Press: The Journalism of Social Justice Movements. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006. 232 pp. $16.With the demise of mass media and the rise of independent and alternative voices in the myriad of forms that now define...
Public Memory, Cultural Legacy, and Press Coverage of the Juneteenth Revival
Following the Civil War, African Americans in Texas celebrated their emancipation with an annual holiday known as "Juneteenth. " The celebration migrated to other areas of the country, and over the past several years there has been a concerted effort...
Radio's America: The Great Depression and the Rise of Modern Mass Culture
Lenthall, Bruce. Radio's America: The Great Depression and the Rise of Modern Mass Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. 261 pp. $20.In Radio's America: The Great Depression and the Rise of Modern Mass Culture, Bruce Lenthall examines...
Taking on the Trust: The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller
Weinberg, Steve. Taking on the Trust: The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller. New York: W. W. Norton, 2008. 256 pp. $25.95.There is something about the golden era of muckraking (1902-12) that fascinates journalists and historians so much...
The ASNE and Desegregation: Maintaining the White Prerogative in the Face of Change
During the 1950s, the American Society of Newspaper Editors became the site of an ideological struggle between the racial status quo and the new social order envisioned by the Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. This article examines...
The Long and the Short of the Jungle
February 2006 marked the hundredth anniversary of the publication of The Jungle-that is, the centennial of the familiar edition published by Doubleday, Page & Company. For the last twenty years, however, we have had available a distinctly different...
Totalitarian Refugee or Fascist Mistress? Comparing Lisa Sergio's Autobiography to Her FBI File
Did Italian propaganda broadcaster Lisa Sergio, who claimed to have been Europe's first female radio announcer, flee Italy in 1937 because she became an anti-fascist (as she claimed) or because she boasted too much about affairs with high fascist officials...
True Stories: A Century of Literary Journalism
Sims, Norman. True Stories: A Century of Literary Journalism. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2007. 317 pp. $24.95.For the literary journalism scholar, Norman Sims' new work, True Stories: A Century of Literary Journalism, becomes at once...