Teaching Mass Communication: A Guide to Better Instruction

Teaching Mass Communication: A Guide to Better Instruction

Teaching Mass Communication: A Guide to Better Instruction

Teaching Mass Communication: A Guide to Better Instruction

Synopsis

This unique volume brings together original essays by well-known mass communication experts--master teachers--who provide practical information on teaching the communication and journalism courses in which they specialize. Its contributors include eminent specialists such as Maurine H. Beasley, who offers advice to teachers of media history; Dan Nimmo (political communication); Roy L. Moore (media law); Jay Black (media ethics); and John De Mott (media management). Chapter authors suggest course outlines, teaching strategies, and methods of testing, and provide reviews of current texts and supplementary materials such as films and other audio-visual aids.

Excerpt

This manuscript has had a number of lives since its birth. Suffice to say that we are very pleased to see its entry into the published world.

The intent of this book is to offer an instructional guidebook for faculty who teach mass communication courses. While most instructors probably use a course text along with one or two others for lecture material, there are few if any books that tell you how to teach courses in mass communication. While no single work can cover every aspect and every course, we believe this book will give most instructors and administrators an excellent foundation from which to plan and teach mass communication courses found in contemporary programs.

Putting a book together is somewhat like producing a play or movie; there are many people who have had some part in the overall process. First, thanks to the people at Praeger, and especiallyAnne Davidson , who supported this work. We want to thank the contributors for their efforts. We also want to thank the Greenspun School of Communication at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for a generous grant supporting our editorial efforts. Our word processor worked many a weekend and late night for this book, so thanks to Leslie Gorr of unlv.

Michael Murray would like to acknowledge the support and inspiration of his wife, Carol, and his daughters Ellen and Katherine.

Anthony Ferri would like to thank Michael Murray for his support and confidence. He would also like to acknowledge the support and inspiration of his wife, Margaret, his son Steven, and his daughter Theresa.

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