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. 80, No. 4, Winter

Advertising and Society: Global Issues
Advertising and Society: Global Issues. Katherine Toland Frith and Barbara Mueller. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2003. 305 pp. $29.95 pbk. The book's objectives are to (1) introduce the societal, political, cultural, and regulatory issues surrounding...
American Television News: The Media Marketplace and the Public Interest
American Television News: The Media Marketplace and the Public Interest. Steve Barkin. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2003. 212 pp. $23.95 pbk. Nearly sixty years have passed since the networks started their evening newscasts in a post-World War II America...
An Arsenal for Democracy
An Arsenal for Democracy. Claude-Jean Bertrand, ed. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2003. 420 pp. $34.50 pbk. In An Arsenal for Democracy, ClaudeJean Bertrand of the University of Paris 2 stakes his position early and clearly: the media in many countries...
An Editorial Comment
The range of scholarly interest in journalistic ethics is illustrated by the four articles in this issue's first section. Two articles, both employing mail surveys, examine journalists' values, the first exploring the tension between those values and...
A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide. Samantha Power. New York: Basic Books, 2002. 640 pp. $44.95. This ought to be required reading for those of us teaching International Communication. Not only because it is a riveting book, as well...
Children, Technology and Culture
Children, Technology and Culture. Ian Hutchby and Jo Moran-Ellis, eds. London: Routledge Palmer, 2001. 189 pp. Children, Technology and Culture, part of the publisher's "The Future of Childhood Series," emerged from a 1998 conference on the intersection...
China and India Online
China and India Online. Marcus Franda. London: Rowan & Littlefield, 2002. 249 pp. $27.95 pbk. This book is thought provoking and timely, and is a "must read" for anyone who is interested in the Internet world we live in. The book, written from a...
Crime and Local Television News
Crime and Local Television News. Jeremy Lipschultz and Michael Hilt. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2002. 171 pp. $45 hbk. $19.95 pbk. Lipschultz and Hilt challenge the "If it bleeds, it leads" approach to many local TV news operations with a unique offering...
Critical Perspectives on the Internet
Critical Perspectives on the Internet. Greg Elmer, ed. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002. 217 pp. This collected volume brings together nine essays that consider multiple critical approaches to Internet study and Internet criticism....
Embargoes and Science News
This paper proposes a model of the processes of the social construction of news by newspapers of studies reported in scientific and medical journals, through the use of embargoed access to the journals by the journalists. Substantial support for the...
Experts in the Mass Media: Researchers as Sources in Danish Daily Newspapers, 1961-2001
This study of journalists' 1961-2001 use of researchers in three national Danish daily newspapers identifies a dramatic and accelerating seven-fold increase in the number of articles referring to researchers-an increase that is related to a significant...
Government Suppression of the Japanese Language in World War II Assembly Camps
This article investigates how the U.S. government prohibited the use of the Japanese "enemy" language at Japanese American "assembly centers" during World War II. Using archival government documents, this study demonstrates that assembly camp authorities...
Guerrilla Publicity
Guerrilla Publicity. Jay Levinson, Rick Frishman, and Jill Lublin. Avon, MA: Adams Media Corporation, 2002. 304 pp. $12.95 pbk. The title itself, Guerrilla Publicity, sets the stage for what appears to be another business fad. A first review presents...
Holding the News Media Accountable: A Study of Media Reporters and Media Critics in the United States
The last decade has witnessed a significant, albeit understudied, increase in media reporting and media criticism in the U.S. news media. An exploratory study of leading media reporters and media critics in the United States indicates that these journalists...
Leaving China
Leaving China. Wanning Sun. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002. 242 pp. $24.95 pbk. The enormous mobility in China and the massive Chinese diaspora to the West starting in the late twentieth century is an intriguing subject that has led to substantial...
Media Power in Central America
Media Power in Central America. Rick Rockwell and Noreene Janus. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2003. 276 pp. $34.95 hbk. This well-researched and lucid book examines media ownership in the six small nations sandwiched between Mexico...
Muckraking! the Journalism That Changed America
Muckraking! The Journalism That Changed America. judith and William Serrin, eds. New York: The New Press, 2002. 392 pp. $25 pbk. In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt coined a new phrase that soon entered the American lexicon: muckraking. It was not...
Numeracy in the Newsroom: A Case Study of Mathematical Competence and Confidence
Testing of mathematical skills at a metropolitan newspaper provides a baseline assessment of numeracy in the newsroom. Drawing on social cognitive theory, the study also examines the interplay of mathematical competence and confidence of journalists....
Personal and Professional Dimensions of News Work: Exploring the Link between Journalists' Values and Roles
Scholars studying news work have long focused on either journalistic roles or journalistic values, rather than trying to integrate the two as a way to better understand internal forces that drive reporters and editors. This study questions assumptions...
Professional Confidence and Situational Ethics: Assessing the Social-Professional Dialectic in Journalistic Ethics Decisions
Ethical decisions that journalists make vary greatly in their situational context, often shaped by a tension between professional values and organizational imperatives. This survey of newspaper reporters questions the notion of a common ethics decision-making...
Public Broadcasting and the Public Interest
Public Broadcasting and the Public Interest. Michael P. McCauley, Eric E. Peterson, B. Lee Artz, and DeeDee Halleck, eds. Media, Communication, and Culture in America Series. Armonk, N.Y., and London, England: M.E. Sharpe, 2003.306 pp. $65.95 hbk. $24.95...
Social Construction of Three Influenza Pandemics in the New York Times
Study of the coverage of three influenza pandemics examined the social construction of influenza over time. Applying three broad frames to 835 New York Times articles, the study demonstrated that the social construction of influenza did change over time,...
Television Talk: A History of the TV Talk Show
Television Talk: A History of the TV Talk Show. Bernard Timberg. Austin, TX: University of Texas, 2002. 364 pp. $29.95 pbk. There is little doubt that the talk show has become a powerful social and political force in American culture since talk formats...
The CNN Effect: The Myth of News, Foreign Policy and Intervention
The CNN Effect: The Myth of News, Foreign Policy and Intervention. Piers Robinson. London: Routledge, 2002. 192 pp. $23.95. The author of The CNN Effect brings intellectual honesty and insightful observations to one of the most current versions of the...
The Impact of International Television: A Paradigm Shift
The Impact of International Television: A Paradigm Shift. Michael G. Elasmar, ed. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2003. 213 pp. $22.50 pbk. This book stands as an assessment-and rejection-of Herbert Schiller's paradigm of cultural imperialism (CI). (Although...
The Impact of Public Ownership, Profits, and Competition on Number of Newsroom Employees and Starting Salaries in Mid-Sized Daily Newspapers
This study of seventy-seven dailies between 25,000 and 100,000 circulation found publicly held daily newspapers produced higher profit margins than did privately held dailies. Public ownership and higher profits were associated with smaller newsroom...
The Media and the War on Terrorism
The Media and the War on Terrorism. Stephen Hess and Marvin Kalb. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2003. 307 pp. $22.95 pbk. In response to the events of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent "war on terrorism," journalists, government officials,...
The National Rifle Association and the Media: The Motivating Force of Negative Coverage
The National Rifle Association and the Media: The Motivating Force of Negative Coverage. Brian Anse Patrick. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2002. 226 pp. $22.95 pbk. It is an intriguing premise that Brian Patrick offers in his study of media of the...
The Press Response to the Corps of Discovery: The Making of Heroes in an Egalitarian Age
This study examines how the nation's print media played a role in the making of heroes out of early American explorers. The method includes examining the magazine and newspaper text for hero labels and those important hero referents that scholars have...
The Prime Time Closet: A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV
The Prime Time Closet: A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV. Stephen Tropiano. New York: Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, 2002. 332 pp. $16.95 pbk. Given the current media buzz surrounding Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, it may be hard to recall...
The Promise and Peril of Anecdotes in News Coverage: An Ethical Analysis
This article assesses the use of anecdotes in news coverage on ethical grounds, pointing both to their promise and to their potential dangers. The analysis draws on Craig's framework for analyzing news coverage of ethics; on Christians, Ferre, and Fackler's...
The Rise of Cable Programming in the United States: Revolution or Evolution?
The Rise of Cable Programming in the United States:Revolution orEvolution? Megan Mullen. Austin, TX: University of Texas, 2003. 252 pp. $55 hbk. $22.95 pbk. In the half century from its inception in the late 1940s, cable television evolved from a basic...
The Social Construction of International News: We're Talking about Them, They're Talking about Us
The Social Construction of International News: We're Talking About Them, They're Talking About Us. Philo C. Wasburn. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003. 184 pp. $62.95 hbk. This slim volume covers a lot of territory in its discussion and analysis of how U.S....
The Weather Channel: The Improbable Rise of a Media Phenomenon
The Weather Channel: The Improbable Rise of a Media Phenomenon. Frank Batten with Jeffrey L. Cruikshank. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press. 276 pp. $29.95 hbk. I begin this review with an admission. I am a Weather Channel junkie. I watch at least...
Time and Media Markets
Time and MediaMarkets. Alan Albarran and Angel Arrese, eds. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2003.177pp. $39.95 hbk. This book is a collection of research and writing originally presented at a 2000 conference held in Pamplona, Spain. It consists of eleven...
Understanding Women's Magazines: Publishing, Markets and Readerships
Understanding Women's Magazines: Publishing, Markets and Readerships. Anna Gough-Yates. New York: Routledge, 2003.190 pp. $23.95 pbk. This is not a book merely for readers with a casual interest in the content-or lack thereof, as some would argue-of...

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