Journalism History

Publication covering history and analysis of journalism.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, Spring

A Day in the Life of American Music Criticism: The "Sgt. Pepper" Debate of 1967-69
The debate about the Beatles' "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club" album is a watershed in the 1960s discussion about how press critics approached the transformation of American musical culture. In part, the "Sgt. Pepper" debate gave some critics fresh...
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Backstory: Inside the Business of News
Auletta, Ken. Backstory: Inside the Business of News. New York: Penguin Press, 2003. 290 pp. $24.95."The acorn of good journalism is humility," media reporter and critic Ken Auletta writes in the introduction of Backstoty: Inside the Business of News....
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From a Boon to a Threat: Print Media Coverage of Project Chariot, 1958-62
This article reviews the New York Times and magazine coverage from 1958 to 1962 of Project Chariot, which was a plan by physicist Edward Teller and the Atomic Energy Commission to blast out a harbor with four nuclear bombs near the villages of natives...
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From Butler to Buffett: The Story Behind the Buffalo News
Light, Murray B. From Butler to Buffett: The Story Behind the Buffalo News. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2004. 350 pp. $28.Environmentalists, when asked about Buffalo, New York, remember Love Canal as a milestone in social activism. Weather watchers...
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Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Four Pioneering Black Women Journalists
Broussard, Jinx Coleman. Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Four Pioneering Black Women Journalists. New York: Routledge, 2004. 215 pp. $75.The first chapter of Giving Voice to the Voiceless provides a fitting backdrop for Jinx Broussard's examination of...
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Journalism Collections at the University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center
This is the second in what will be 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...
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Making the American Religious Fringe: Exotics, Subversives, and Journalists, 1955-1993
McCloud, Sean. Making the American Religious Fringe: Exotics, Subversives, and Journalists, 19551993. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004. 288 pp. $19.95.Few stories challenge journalists more than religion. War, politics, and the workings...
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News Ombudsmen in North America: Assessing an Experiment in Social Responsibility
Nemeth, Neil. News Ombudsmen in North America: Assessing an Experiment in Social Responsibility. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2003. 167 pp. $69.95.When former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair fueled public skepticism about media credibility last year...
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Off the Fat of the Land: The Denver Post's Story of the Japanese American Internment during World War II
Takahara, Kumiko. Off The Fat of the Land: The Denver Post's Story of the Japanese American Internment During World War II. Powell, Wyo.: Western History Publications, 2003. 198 pp. $16.95.Kumiko Takahara's Off the fat of the Land is a well written indictment...
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Old Housekeeping, New Housekeeping, or No Housekeeping?: The Kitchenless Home Movement and the Women's Service Magazine
In the middle-class world of the early twentieth century U.S., with its emphasis on business and manufacturing, paid work, and skilled work, women who worked in the home received little promise of social status. Despite attempts to professionalize housekeeping,...
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"Paper Territory": Early Hebrew Journalism and Its Political Roles
This article explores the political functions of eastern European Hebrew journalism in Jewish life in the second half of the nineteenth century. For the Jewish communities spread throughout the world and lacking central political and economic leadership,...
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Patriotism, Power and Print: National Consciousness in Tudor England
Brennan, Gillian. Patriotism, Power and Print: National Consciousness in Tudor England. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2003. 160 pp. $60.Gillian Brennan's Patriotism, Power and Print is a thorough, well-researched history of the concepts of "patriotism"...
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The Swedish-American Press and the Vietnam War
Burton, Edward. The Swedish-American Press and the Vietnam War. Goteborg, Sweden: Department of History, Goteborg University, 2003. 324 pp.Edward Burton has provided a well written and highly informative study of the ways in which the Swedish-American...
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We Felt the Flames: Hitler's Blitzkrieg, America's Story
Kupfer, Charles. We Felt the Flames: Hitler's Blitzkrieg, America's Story. Carlisle, Pa.: Sergeant Kirkland's Press, 2003. 225 pp. $18.95.In the spring and summer of 1940, as the German blitzkrieg swept over Europe and then halted at the English Channel...
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