Journalism History

Publication covering history and analysis of journalism.

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 1, Spring

A History of Broadcasting in the United States
Gomery, Douglas. A History of Broadcasting in the United States. Maiden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008. 357 pp. $37.95.Three decades ago, ABC, NBC, and CBS lost their grip on radio and television when Americans switched to the multichannel universe that...
A Journalism of Humanity: A Candid History of the World's First Journalism School
Weinberg, Steve. A Journalism of Humanity: A Candid History of the World's First Journalism School. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2008. 283 pp. $34.95.Steve Weinberg's history of the famous school of journalism at the University of Missouri...
CBS's Don Hollenbeck: An Honest Reporter in the Age of McCarthyism
Ghiglione, Loren. CBS's Don Hollenbeck: An Honest Reporter in the Age of McCarthyism. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008. 352 pp. $29.95.When friends and students watched George Clooney's Edward R. Murrow mo- tion picture homage, Good Night, and...
Core Knowledge: Early Reporting Textbooks and the Formation of Professional Identity
This analysis of six influential reporting textbooks published during the first two decades of the twentieth century found that they helped create journalism's professional identity in two ways. The books and their authors, who in most cases taught journalism...
First Ladies and the Fourth Estate: Press Framing of Presidential Wives
Burns, Lisa M. First Ladies and the Fourth Estate: Press Framing of Presidential Wives. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2008. 205 pp. $32.Graduate students dream of turning their dissertation into a book, and Lisa M. Burns accomplished this...
"Genêt" on the Air: Janet Flanner's Wartime Broadcasts
For fifty years, journalist Janet Flanner wrote a bi-weekly "Letter from Paris" column for the New Yorker magazine. While her professional legacy included influencing American literary journalism by developing the journalistic essay, she abo recorded...
Literary Journalism on Trial: Masson V. New Yorker and the First Amendment
Forde, Kathy. Literary Journalism on Trial: Masson v. New Yorker and the First Amendment. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2008. 288 pp. $28.95.The story of Jeffrey Masson versus Janet Malcolm is not an easy one to tell. Neither of them are...
Living with the Bomb: Fred Friendly's "The Quick and the Dead"
Fred Friendly's NBC radio series in 1950, "The Quick and the Dead," represented a key moment in the evolution of broadcast news documentaries as it examined the creation of the atomic bomb, the looming prospect of the hydrogen bomb, and the potential...
Lydia Maria Child: Editor of the National Anti-Slavery Standard, 1841-43
This article examines Lydia Maria Child's editorship of the National Anti-Slavery Standard, the newspaper of the American Anti-Slavery Society, from 1841-43. Before becoming the editor, she edited her own magazine for children, worked with her husband...
Organizing Resistance: The Use of Public Relations by the Citizens' Council in Mississippi, 1954-64
The Citizens' Council of Mississippi emerged from the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to protest the Supreme Court's 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. More than half of white Mississippians were determined to protect the public schools'...
Rising from the Wilderness: J.W. Gitt and His Legendary Newspaper: The Gazette and Daily of York, Pa
Hamilton, Mary A. Rising from the Wilderness: J. W. Gitt and His Legendary Newspaper: The Gazette and Daily of York, Pa. York, Pa.: York County Heritage Trust, 2007. 342 pp. $29.95.The name Josiah William (J.W.) Gitt might not be one diat comes immediately...
Seeding Civil War: Kansas in the National News, 1854-1858
Miner, Craig. Seeding Civil War: Kansas in the National News, 1854-1858. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2008. 305 pp. $34.95.Historian Craig Miner's study of 1850s Kansas uses framing to assess the press of the mid-nineteenth century, which is...
Sherman's March in Myth and Memory
Caudill, Edward, and Paul Ashdown. Sherman's March in Myth and Memory. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008. 209 pp. $34.95.General William Tecumseh Sherman has "marched to the sea a million times in national memory," according to Edward Caudill...
Stop Press: A Life in Journalism
Aziz, Inam. Stop Press: A Life in Journalism. Translated by Khalid Hasan. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2008. 188 pp. $20.Inam Aziz, a journalist whose life and career spanned most of Pakistan's history as a nation-state and crossed paths...
The Godfather of Tabloid: Generoso Pope Jr. and the National Enquirer
Vitek, Jack. The Godfather of Tabloid: Generoso Pope Jr. and the National Enquirer. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2008. 290 pp. $29.95.The financial success of the National Enquirer and its impact on popular culture should place its founder,...
The Scripps Newspapers Go to War, 1914-1918
Zacher, Dale. E. The Scripps Newspapers Go to War, 1914-1918. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. 285 pp. $45.Wars of any consequence test not only nations but also news gatherers. Aside from the logistics of covering war and dealing with propaganda...