Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly

Founded in 1924, the Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly is a professional journal that covers research in journalism and mass communication. The journal has an audience of over 5,000 readers. The Association for Education in Journalism (and) Mass Communication publishes the journal quarterly. Dan Riffe is the journal's Editor. Ted Pease is the Book Review Editor.

Articles from Vol. 81, No. 3, Autumn

An Editorial Comment
With the 2004 election season coming to an end, we invite scholars to address the integral role in the political process served by journalism and mass communication, in all permutations and forms, just as researchers have done for the past eighty years....
A Pitfall of New Media? User Controls Exacerbate Editing Effects on Memory
While much research focuses on main effects of emerging media technologies, the potential for new media attributes to moderate relationships between content features and cognitive outcomes has enjoyed less attention. Do new user controls moderate editing...
Arab Mass Media: Newspapers, Radio, and Television in Arab Politics
Arab Mass Media: Newspapers, Radio, and Television in Arab Politics. William A. Rugh. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004. 259 pp. $49.95 hbk.Arab Mass Media: Newspapers, Radio, and Television in Arab Politics by William A. Rugh may possibly be the best single-authored...
Broadcasting & Convergence: New Articulations of the Public Service Remit
Broadcasting & Convergence: New Articulations of the Public Service Remit. Gregory Ferrell Lowe and Tasito Hujanen, eds. Göteborg, Sweden: Nordicom, 2003. 335 pp. SEK300 pbk.The book is a compilation of research papers presented at the 2002 RIPE...
Commitment to Journalistic Work: Do High School and College Activities Matter?
This article proposes a model of commitment to journalism among recent entrants to the occupation. The model is based on the concept of continuance commitment from the sociology of work literature. It is expected that workplace-related factors should...
Communicating Ethnic and Cultural Identity
Communicating Ethnic and Cultural Identity. Mary Fong and Rueyling Chuang, eds. New York: Rowan & Littlefield, 2004, 393 pp. $34.95 pbk. $95.00 hbk.Dealing with what might well be the most contested terms in intercultural communication studies-ethnic...
Counter-Hegemony and Environmental Justice in California Newspapers: Source Use Patterns in Stories about Pesticides and Farm Workers
Articles from four California newspapers focusing on pesticide use and farm workers were content analyzed to track inclusion of pro- and antipesticide sources, along with neutral sources. The authors applied hegemony theory to news content and historical,...
Covering Government: A Civics Handbook for Journalists
Covering Government: A Civics Handbook for Journalists. Rob Armstrong. Ames, IA: Iowa State Press, 2002. 268 pp. $34.99 pbk.The reporter expecting inside tips on how to navigate a government beat will likely be a bit disappointed by this offering from...
Crisis Communications: Lessons from September 11/responding to Crisis: A Rhetorical Approach to Crisis Communication
Crisis Communications: Lessons from September 11. A. Michael Noll, ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003. 231 pp. $70 hbk. $27.95 pbk.Responding to Crisis: A Rhetorical Approach to Crisis Communication. Dan P. Millar and Robert L. Heath, eds....
Designing for Newspapers and Magazines
Designing for Newspapers and Magazines. Chris Frost. New York: Routledge, 2003. 183 pp. $14.95 hbk.In the opening words of Designing for Newspapers and Magazines, author Chris Frost elaborates on the functions of news design: "To grab the reader's attention,...
Digitizing the News: Innovation in Online Newspapers
Digitizing the News: Innovation in Online Newspapers. Pablo J. Boczkowski. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004. 243 pp. $30 hbk.The most daunting job in academia at present must be to write a book about the Internet. Those of us who "live" in cyberland are...
Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism
Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism. Bob Edwards. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004. 174 pp. $19.95 hbk.It is an intriguing idea: one of modern radio journalism's most important figures writing about the man who did more...
How Free Can the Press Be?
How Free Can the Press Be? Randall P. Bezanson. The History of Communication Series. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2003. 258 pp. $34.95 hbk.Fittingly, the title of Professor Randall Bezanson's newest book ends with a question mark....
Inside Magazines: Independent Pop Culture Magazines
Inside Magazines: Independent Pop Culture Magazines. Patrik Andersson and Judith Steedman, eds. London: Thames and Hudson, 2002. 235 pp. £24.95 pbk.The book, Inside Magazines, brought to mind Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party of the 1970s. The exhibit...
Interlocking of Newspaper Companies with Financial Institutions and Leading Advertisers
This study analyzed the composition of boards of directors of thirteen publicly traded newspaper companies to examine the extent of director appointment from financial institutions or leading advertisers. The results revealed ingrained ties to financial...
Mapping an Economic "Globalization" News Paradigm: A Multi-National Comparative Analysis
Although "globalization" has been widely addressed in the tradition of international communication, media reporting of it has not gained much attention in the globalization debate. This study is designed to collect some empirical evidence on the meaning...
Measuring Newscast Accuracy: Applying a Newspaper Model to Television
Measuring accuracy has been a part of academic literature since the mid-1930s. Most accuracy surveys, even those for television, send printed stories to sources for their evaluation. This study develops a workable design to measure television news accuracy...
Pikachu's Global Adventure: The Rise and Fall of Pokemon
Pikachu's Global Adventure: The Rise and Fall of Pokemon. Joseph Tobin, ed. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004. 299 pages. $21.95 pbk.This set of eleven essays, bound by introduction and conclusion, grew out of a conference examining the children's...
Plan of Attack
Plan of Attack. Bob Woodward. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004. 467 pp. $28 hbk.While some have doubts about a few of Bob Wood ward's journalistic techniques, it is hard to deny that Woodward, with his high-level knowledge of Washington's government...
Sculpting the Female Breast: How College Women Negotiate the Media's Ideal Breast Image
Through focus group interviews, this study examined how college women negotiate exposure to media images of disproportionately large-breasted women. The results showed that media images directly and indirectly influence women's breast satisfaction. Personal...
Television at the Crossroads
Television at the Crossroads. George Wedell and Bryan Luckham. New York: Palgrave, 2001. 233 pp. $75.00 hbk.In this volume, George Wedell (professor emeritus of communications policy in the University of Manchester and former director-general of the...
The Future of Advertising
The Future of Advertising. Joe Cappo. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003. 260 pp. $24.95 hbk.In a 1994 Journal of Advertising article, Roland T. Rust and Richard W. Oliver noted that "Never had advertising appeared so pale and lifeless." These authors went...
The "Ground War" of Political Campaigns: Nonpaid Activities in U.S. State Legislative Races
A national survey of candidates for state legislative offices examined the impact of nonpaid campaign activities on percentage of vote obtained, and assesses them in the contexts of different levels of funding, levels of competitiveness, and incumbency...
The Moral Development of Journalists: A Comparison with Other Professions and a Model for Predicting High Quality Ethical Reasoning
This study gathered baseline data on the moral development of 249 professional journalists. Journalists scored fourth highest among professionals tested, ranking behind seminarians/philosophers, medical students, and physicians, but above dental students,...
Wag the Blog: How Reliance on Traditional Media and the Internet Influence Credibility Perceptions of Weblogs among Blog Users
This study surveyed Weblog users online to investigate how credible they view blogs as compared to traditional media as well as other online sources. This study also explores the degree to which reliance on Weblogs as well as traditional and online media...
Whither the Experts? Newspaper Use of Horse Race and Issue Experts in Coverage of Open Governors' Races in 2002
This study assessed the use of "horse race" and issue experts by fifteen daily newspapers covering seven open races for governor between Labor Day and Election Day 2002. About 38% of stones cited experts. "Horse race" experts were cited in 27% of news...
Why I [Still] Want My MTV: Music Video and Aesthetic Communication
Why I [Still] Want My MTV: Music Video and Aesthetic Communication. Kevin Williams. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2003. 298pp. $26.50 pbk.The emphasis in the title of Kevin William's book should not be overlooked by those who choose to read it. The book...
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