Journalism History

Publication covering history and analysis of journalism.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 2, Summer

Casualty of War: The Bush Administration's Assault on a Free Press
Dadge, David. Casualty of War: The Bush Administration's Assault on a Free Press. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2004. 293 pp. $26.In Casualty of War, David Dadge does not tell us much about the history of mass communication. But in the flurry of recently...
Charles Lindbergh and Mobiloil: The New Model for Modern Celebrity Endorsement
This is the third in a series of articles on archival collections of interest to mass communication historians. Readers of Journalism History are invited to suggest collections that they would like to see appear in future articles, and the editors would...
Digitizing the News: Innovation in Online Newspapers
Boczkowski, Pablo. Digitizing the News: Innovation in Online Newspapers. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2004. 243 pp. $30.Applying a historical perspective to an ongoing phenomenon, with the goal of capturing the "contingency and indeterminacy that will...
Embedded: Weapons of Mass Deception-How the Media Failed to Cover the War on Iraq
Schechter, Danny. Embedded: Weapons of Mass Deception-How the Media Failed to Cover the War on Iraq. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2003. 286 pp. $26.The Bush administration has proven to be a lighting rod for comment. Whereas its predecessor provoked...
Exposes and Excess: Muckraking in America, 1900/2000
Tichi, Cecelia. Exposes and Excess: Muckraking in America, 1900/2000. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004. 232 pp. $29.95.If you are a student or teacher of the use of narratives in journalism, then muckraking journalists Ida Tabell,...
Fighting Quakers: The 1950s Battle between Richard Nixon and Drew Pearson
In the crucial formative years of Richard Nixon's rise to power, syndicated columnist Drew Pearson, a fellow Quaker, emerged as Nixon's primary journalistic enemy. With an audience of tens of millions, he denounced Nixon's earliest Red-baiting campaigns,...
From Discussion Leader to Consumer Guide: A Century of Theater Criticism in Chicago Newspapers
This article completes a three-part examination of theater critics working for Chicago newspapers during the twentieth century. The first article in the series covered the "boomtown "period leading up to World War I, and the second article addressed...
Gambling on a Magazine and a Marriage: Jane Grant, Harold Ross, and the New Yorker
Although Harold Ross is credited with founding The New Yorker, in reality it was co-founded in 1925 by Ross and his wife, Jane Grant. This article describes Grant's crucial role in the magazine's conception, birth, postpartum struggles, and early success,...
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, the Image and the World, A Retrospective
Arbaizar, Philippe, Jean Clair, Claude Cookman, Robert Delpire, Peter Galassi, Jean-Noel Jeanneney, Jean Leymarie, and Serge Toubiana. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, the Image and the World, A Retrospective. London: Thames & Hudson, 2003. 431 pp....
Protest and Survive: Underground GI Newspapers during the Vietnam War
Lewes, James. Protest and Survive: Underground GI Newspapers during the Vietnam War. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2003.243 pp. $67.95.Late in the Vietnam War, when disillusionment had spread within the U.S. military as well as among civilians, an underground...
Radioactive: Advertising and Consumer Activism, 1935-1947
Newman, Kathy M. Radioactive: Advertising and Consumer Activism, 1935-1947. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. 250 pp. $21.95.In "Radioactive: Advertising and Consumer Activism, 1935-1947, Kathy Newman, an associate professor of English...
The Birth of an Advocacy Group: The First Six Years of Action for Children's Television
This article uses oral history, archival research, and popular and trade publications mostly from the 1960s and the 1970s to tell the story of Action for Children's Television (ACT). An advocacy group started by a group of mothers in Newton, Massachusetts,...
The Gilded Age Press, 1865-1900
Smythe, Ted Curtis. The Gilded Age Press, 1865-1900. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 2003. 240 pp. $79.95.In The Gilded Age Press, 1865-1900, the fourth volume in the History of American Journalism series edited by W. William Sloan and James D....
Watching Jim Crow: The Struggles over Mississippi TV, 1955-1969
Classen, Steven D. Watching Jim Crow: The Struggles over Mississippi TV, 1955-1969. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2004. 248 pp. $21.95.This book is an original, important work that provides a detailed social history of media activism and communications...