Journalism History

Publication covering history and analysis of journalism.

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 2, Summer

Book Reviews -- Commissioners of the FCC: 1927-1994 Edited by Gerald V. Flannery
Flannery, Gerald V. (ed.). Commissioners of the FCC: 1927-1994. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1995. 228 pp. $49.50.Gerald Flannery' s Commissioners of the FCC: 1927-1994 contains compact biographies of those who shared the responsibility...
Book Reviews -- Cracked Coverage: Television News, the Anti-Cocaine Crusade, and the Reagan Legacy by Jimmie L. Reeves and Richard Campbell
Reeves, Jimmie L. and Richard Campbell. Cracked Coverage: Television News, the Anti-Cocaine Crusade, and the Reagan Legacy. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1994. 330 pp. $19.95.Jimmie L. Reeves and Richard Campbell assert in Cracked Coverage that...
Book Reviews -- Emily Faithfull: Victorian Champion of Women's Rights by James S. Stone
Stone, James S. Emily Faithfull: Victorian Champion of Women's Rights. Toronto: P.D. Meany, 1994. 336 pp. $38.James S. Stone provides a meticulously documented biography of the public life of Emily Faithfull, founder and manager of the Victoria Press...
Book Reviews -- Mapping World Communication: War, Progress, Culture by Armand Mattelart
Mattelart, Armand, Mapping World Communication: War, Progress, Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994. 294 pp. $18.95In Mapping World Communication, French media scholar Armand Mattelart advances a decidedly global approach "to reconstruct...
Book Reviews -- on Wisconsin Women: Working for Their Rights from Settlement to Suffrage by Genevieve G. McBride
McBride, Genevieve G. On Wisconsin Women: Working for Their Rights from Settlement to Suffrage. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1994. 352 pp. $43.It is rare when the history of women's political culture is explicitly linked to the press and the...
Book Reviews -- Propaganda Edited by Robert Jackall
Written as part of Robert Jackall's "Main Trends of the Modern World" series, Propaganda sets out "in the classical tradition of social theory" to analyze "the origins and ethos of propaganda, which is now a pervasive feature of all institutions in modern...
Book Reviews -- Raising Her Voice: African-American Women Journalists Who Changed History by Rodger Streitmatter
Streitmatter, Rodger. Raising Her Voice: African-American Women Journalists Who Changed History. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1994. 208 pp. $30.Raising Her Voice attempts to rectify a grossly neglected area of journalism history by chronicling...
Book Reviews -- See It Now Confronts McCarthyism by Thomas Rosteck
Rosteck, Thomas. See It Now Confronts McCarthyism. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1994. 264 pp. $29.95.Just when it seemed Michael Murray's recent book The Political Performers had definitively described the early Edward R. Murrow documentaries,...
Book Reviews -- Selling Radio: The Commercialization of American Broadcasting by Susan Smulyan
Smulyan, Susan. Selling Radio: The Commercialization of American Broadcasting. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994. 240 pp. $24.95U.S. radio and television today exist primarily to sell. Most broadcast stations, radio formats, TV programs,...
Book Reviews -- the Media and Disasters: Pan Am 103 by Joan Deppa with Elizabeth Lynne Flocke, Dona Hayes and Maria Russell
Deppa, Joan, with Elizabeth Lynne Flocke, Dona Hayes, and Maria Russell. The Media and Disasters: Pan Am 103. New York: New York University Press, 1994. 346 pp. $17.95.Relationships between news media and the various publics they serve are complex, not...
Book Reviews -- Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity by Neal Gabler
Gabler, Neal. Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994. 681 pp. $30.Walter Winchell and Edward R. Murrow evoke diametrically opposite' images of journalism's past. The former is the dark serpent, the other...
Book Reviews -- Zworykin, Pioneer of Television by Albert Abramson
Abramson, Albert. Zworykin, Pioneer of Television. Urbana: University of Chicago, 1995. 319 pp. $36.95.Albert Abramson, a retired TV engineer, attempts to reconstruct the life of the man he reveres as the father of television. From Vladimir Zworykin's...
Electronic Media Reviews -- on Television: Teach the Children
"On Television: Teach the Children"This documentary, which first aired on PBS in 1992, is the third in a series of hour-long programs produced by Mary Megee and her non-profit media education organization, On Television, Ltd. Each program follows a common...
Electronic Media Reviews -- on Television: The Violence Factor
"On Television" is a three-part video series recently released via Resolution Inc./California Newsreel 149 ninth Street/420, San Francisco, CA 94103. Two of the programs are dated, but the issues are still relevant. The series includes "Teach the Children,"...
Electronic Media Reviews -- Public Trust or Private Property
"Public Trust or Private Property"Originally produced in 1988 for public television, "On Television: Public Trust or Private Property" has been released by California Newsreel. The second in the three part series, "Public Trust or Private Property" deals...
E. W. Scripps and the Science Service
Without minimizing the continuing operational activities of the Science Service," Watson Davis, president of the organization, wrote in 1948, "its major contribution might be considered to be that it has made science acceptable to the American Press,...
Media Leaders and Personal Ideology: Margaret Cousins and the Women's Service Magazines
In 1963 Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique emerged as the founding document in a new wave of feminism. In the book that took a generation of female readers by storm, Friedan charged that women could not identify the source of their dissatisfaction ("The...
The Economics of Popular Journalism in the Gilded Age: The Detroit Evening News in 1873 and 1888
The urban newspaper market in the late nineteenth century was characterized by a series of innovations that fundamentally transformed the economics and politics of the newspaper business. In 1919, George G. Booth, publisher of the Detroit Evening News,...