Journalism History

Publication covering history and analysis of journalism.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 1, Spring

"A Pen as Sharp as a Stiletto": Cleveland Amory as Critic and Activist
When Cleveland Amory wrote bis best-selling book The Proper Bostonians in 1947 at age thirty, he launched a career in broadcasting, television criticism, and magazine writing. In a career spanning nearly fifty years, the versatile Amory was a regular...
Benjamin Franklin's Printing Network: Disseminating Virtue in Early America
Frasca, Ralph. Benjamin Franklin's Printing Network: Disseminating Virtue in Early America. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2006. 295 pp. $44.95.Check any library's catalogue and you will find scores of books about Benjamin Franklin. A recent...
Beyond the Gibson Girl: Reimagining the American New Woman, 1895-1915
Patterson, Martha H. Beyond the Gibson Girl: Reimagining the American New Woman, 1895-1915. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005. 240 pp. $35.This engaging book will be of most interest to those in the literary, rather than mass communication,...
Early Twentieth-Century Heroes: Coverage of Negro League Baseball in the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago Defender
This article explores the role of the black press in creating and portraying role models to the largely urban black community of the 1920s, 1930s, and the first half of the 1940s, leading up to Jackie Robinson being chosen to break major league baseball's...
First Ladies and the Press: The Unfinished Partnership of the Media Age
Beasley, Maurine H. First Ladies and the Press: The Unfinished Partnership of the Media Age. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2005. 313 pp. $22.95 pp.Ever since James Pollard's The Presidents and the Press (1947), there has been a continuous...
From Pink Lemonade to Salt River: Horace Greeley's Utopia and the Death of the Whig Party
Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, combined his beliefs in abolitionism, the free-soil movement, and a high protective tariff with Fourierism, a nineteenth-century Utopian theory, to create a destabilizing effect on the second-party system,...
Margaret Bourke-White: The Early Work, 1922-1930
Ostman, Ronald E. and Harry Littell. Margaret Bourke-White: The Early Work, 1922-1930. Boston: David R. Godine, 2005. 88 pp. $19.95.Archived along with her personal papers and some of her cameras at Syracuse University is a large collection of Margaret...
Paperwork: Fiction and Mass Mediacy in the Paper Age
McLaughlin, Kevin. Paperwork: Fiction and Mass Mediacy in the Paper Age. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005. 181 pp. $49.95.The author offers a literary criticism of the impermancnce of paper by considering its use in several well-known...
Talk of the Town: The Rise of Alexandria, Louisiana, and the "Daily Town Talk."
Spletstoser, Fredrick M. Talk of the Town: The Rise of Alexandria, Louisiana, and the "Daily Town Talk." Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2005. 309 pp. $27.95.Fredrick M. Spletstoser has done an extensive job of telling the story of the...
The Evolution of American Investigative Journalism
Aucoin, James L. The Evolution of American Investigative Journalism. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2005. 242 pp. $37.50.If Aucoin's book was a novel, the action would rise with the 1976 murder of investigative journalist Don Bolles of the Arizona...
The Penney-Missouri Awards: Honoring the Best in Women's News
This article examines the Penney-Missouri Awards competition, which was meant to raise the standards of women's pages by recognizing the sections that went beyond traditional content. Using interviews to look at the competition's history as well as framing...
The Tale of Advancement: Life Magazine's Construction of the Modern American Success Story
In the 1930s and the 1940s, Life's visual narratives conveyed the norms and standards of the new, modern culture and strove to create a community of citizens who, with the proper training and knowledge, could thrive in this new society. The person best...
Tuning out Blackness: Race and Nation in the History of Puerto Rican Television
Rivero, Yeidy. Tuning Out Blackness: Race and Nation in the History of Puerto Rican Television. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2005. 265 pp. $21.95.Yeidy Rivero's Tuning Out Blackness provides a well documented cultural history of "blackness" in...