Academic journal article Journalism History

Editor's Endnote

Academic journal article Journalism History

Editor's Endnote

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The other day a student in my media history class, Lee Hocking, commented during a discussion of movies that a friend liked the recently re-released Empire Strikes Back particularly because it portrayed a future in which "there were no mass media."

The same day I received an email message from a former graduate student, Donica Mensing (whom I'd been privileged to get to know during my most enjoyable semester at the University of Nevada, Reno). Donica had a student who wanted to do something about press coverage of the turn of the century, 1898-1900, and wondered if I could suggest some sources.

Taking two such messages as an omen, I decided it was time to do something about the special issue I've been thinking about for Volume 26 which will be published in the year 2000. Everyone else will be getting into the millennial act; why not Journalism History?

So here is a preliminary call for submissions of articles that deal with the theme: Millennium. A fellow journalism historian to whom I mentioned this plan suggested that I forget it: "The millennium has nothing to do with history."

I disagree. We mark our progress through history by numerous milestones. Individually we particularly note turning 21, 30, 40, and other numbers that I would just as soon not think about right now. We do the same with national anniversaries.

In many respects, 2000 may be just another year, but in the minds of most of us it is a historic threshold. …

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