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. 78, No. 4, Winter

An Editorial Comment
There is an old saying that travel is not merely a destination, but a journey, indicating that much of the joy of a trip is the adventure of the travel itself. For me, editing Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly has been an exploration into...
Are Journalists Really Irreligious? A Multidimensional Analysis
The notion of religion defined as moral activism is embraced by journalists of all stripes, regardless of whether they identify themselves as people of faith or not. The finding is based upon a nationwide survey of American and Canadian journalists who...
Buying the Night Flight: The Autobiography of a Woman Foreign Correspondent
Buying the Night Flight: The Autobiography of a Woman Foreign Correspondent. Georgie Anne Geyer. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2001. 381 pp. $16 pbk. What makes this paperback edition of Buying the Night Flight truly new is neither the new...
Critiquing Free Speech
Critiquing Free Speech. Matthew D. Bunker. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001.206 pp. $39.95 hbk. Mainstream First Amendment scholars have known for years that traditional approaches to the study of free speech theory and practice have been...
Engulfed: The Death of Paramount Pictures and the Birth of Corporate Hollywood
Engulfed: The Death of Paramount Pictures and the Birth of Corporate Hollywood. Bernard F. Dick. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2001. 302 pp. $27.50 hbk. Lest readers question why they need another book on a venerable film studio, author Bernard...
Foundations of Communications Policy: Principles and Process in the Regulation of Electronic Media
Foundations of Communications Policy: Principles and Process in the Regulation of Electronic Media. Philip M. Napoli. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, Inc., 2001. 344 pp. $27.50 pbk. The evolution of newer communication technologies such as the Internet,...
Freedom of the Air and the Public Interest: First Amendment Rights in Broadcasting to 1935
Freedom of the Air and the Public Interest: First Amendment Rights in Broadcasting to 1935. Louise M. Benjamin. Carbondale and Edwardsville, IL; Southern Illinois University Press, 2001. 308 pp. $39.95 hbk. Dr. Louise Benjamin is presently an associate...
Free Speech, "The People's Darling Privilege," Struggles for Freedom of Expression in American History
Free Speech, "The People's Darling Privilege," Struggles for Freedom of Expression in American History. Michael Kent Curtis. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2001. 520 pp. $32.95 hbk. American scholars describe freedom of expression by dissecting...
From Luxury to Utility: A Longitudinal Analysis of Cell Phone Laggards
Who remains a cell phone have-not as the cell phone evolves from luxury to utility? This study, based on large-scale telephone surveys in Hong Kong in 1998 and 2000, pursues a longitudinal analysis of the socioeconomic characteristics of the diminishing...
Intellectuals' Property: Universities, Professors, and the Problem of Copyright in the Internet Age
Although universities long neglected copyright claims in faculty teaching and research materials, the thought of potential revenues from Internet distance education has recently made the issue salient. This article analyzes the extent to which universities...
Interactive Disaster Communication on the Internet: A Content Analysis of Sixty-Four Disaster Relief Home Pages
Disaster relief home pages were content analyzed using a seven-dimensional conceptualization of interactivity. This study provides a theoretical exploration of the concept of interactivity and its potential contributions to the Internet as an increasingly...
Journalism and New Media
Journalism and New Media. John V. Pavlik. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2001. 272 pp. $49.50 hbk. $17.50 pbk. The literature on new media generally falls into one of two categories: a practitioner's guide to online journalism or an academic's...
"Madstones," Clever Toads, and Killer Tarantulas (Fairy-Tale Briefs in Wild West Newspapers)
Editors in Nevada, Texas, Arizona, or California sprinkled fanciful items among editorials boosting their new El Dorados and sober news accounts, Besides connecting East and West via the imagination, these fairy-tale briefs provided a respite from the...
News Is People: The Rise of Local TV News and the Fall of News from New York
News Is People: The Rise of Local TV News and the Fall of News From New York. Craig M. Allen. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 2001. 372 pp. $49.95 hbk. Scholars and media critics have wrestled for decades over whether media consultants have been a...
Numbers in the Newsroom: A Qualitative Examination of a Quantitative Challenge
To examine how journalists perceive their use of numbers in the news, focus groups were conducted with reporters, copy editors, and top managers ofa 150,000-circulation daily newspaper. Results suggest that varying levels of math anxiety lead to fundamental...
Odyssey in Prime Time: A Life in Twentieth Century Media
Odyssey in Prime Time: A Life in Twentieth Century Media. Robert Lewis Shayon. Philadelphia, PA: Waymark Press, 2001. 351 pp. $14.95 pbk. Robert Lewis Shayon's most recent work is an outstanding contribution to broadcasting literature that should be...
Predicting Pluralistic Ignorance: The Hostile Media Perception and Its Consequences
This study focused on media coverage of a controversial issue-the use of primates in laboratory research-to examine pluralistic ignorance, the potential for public misjudgment of public opinion. We hypothesized that people on both sides of the issue...
Queer Airwaves: The Story of Gay and Lesbian Broadcasting
Queer Airwaves: The Story of Gay and Lesbian Broadcasting. Phylis A. Johnson and Michael C. Keith. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2001. 298 pp. $44.95 hbk. The first gay radio broadcast in the United States came courtesy of KPFA in Berkeley, California, on...
Religion and Popular Culture: Studies on the Interaction of Worldviews
Religion and Popular Culture: Studies on the Interaction of Worldviews. Daniel A. Stout and Judith M. Buddenbaum, eds. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 2001. 327 pp. $59.95 hbk. The interplay of religion and popular culture traditionally has been...
Sample Size for Newspaper Content Analysis in Multi-Year Studies
This study examines the most efficient method of sampling content from five years of daily newspaper editions. Selecting nine constructed weeks (nine issues from a Monday, nine from a Tuesday, etc.) from five years is more efficient than the ten constructed...
Searching for the Organization-Public Relationship: A Valid and Reliable Instrument
The purpose of this study is to devise a valid and reliable instrument to measure the organization-public relationship. This study has three research steps. At first, the study tests extensive items collected from the literature review using exploratory...
South Africa's Resistance Press Alternate Voice in the Last Generation under Apartheid
South Africa's Resistance Press Alternate Voice in the Last Generation under Apartheid. Les Switzer and Mohammed Adhikari, eds. Athens, OH: Ohio University Center for International Studies, 2000. 505 pp. $30. The multicultural twosome of Professor Les...
Taking Stock: Journalism and the Publicly Traded Newspaper Company
Taking Stock: Journalism and the Publicly Traded Newspaper Company. Gilbert Cranberg, Randall Bezanson, and John Soloski. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 2001. 203 pp. $49.95 hbk. Doug Underwood, in MBAs in the Newsroom, caught the imagination of...
Television Histories: Shaping Collective Memory in the Media Age
Television Histories: Shaping Collective Memory in the Media Age. Gary R. Edgerton and Peter C. Rollins, eds. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2001. 392 pp. $29.95 hbk. There exists a long-standing tension within the field of historiography...
The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect
The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect. Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel. New York: Crown Publishers, 2001. 205 pp. $20 hbk. Inherent in the behavior and process we call "journalism" is controversy. Journalism's...
The Gatekeeper: My 30 Years as a TV Censor
* The Gatekeeper: My 30 Years as a TV Censor. Alfred R. Schneider with Kaye Pullen. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2001. 161 pp. $26.95 hbk. Alfred R. Schneider was the head of standards and practices of the ABC TV network from 1960 to 1990....
The Impact of Technological Skill on Job-Finding Success in the Mass Communication Labor Market
Technologies used for media presentation are becoming more integrated with overall work processes in media organizations. This study seeks to determine how important skill with presentation technology is as a predictor of job-finding success for graduates...
The Politics of Misinformation
The Politics of Misinformation. Murray Edelman. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2001. 139 pp. $44.95 hbk. $16.95 pbk. The image of our political and social system, which shapes our reactions to our government and our society, is based on an...
The Postmodern Adventure: Science, Technology, and Cultural Studies at the Third Millennium
The Postmodern Adventure: Science, Technology, and Cultural Studies at the Third Millennium. Steven Best and Douglas Kellner. New York: Guilford Press, 2001. 313 pp. $19.95 pbk. September 11, 2001, will prove to be an exemplar in postmodern theorizing....
The Press and Race: Mississippi Journalists Confront the Movement
The Press and Race: Mississippi Journalists Confront the Movement. David R. Davies, ed. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2001. 302 pp. $30 hbk. The words "Mississippi" and "racial justice" were antonyms through approximately two-thirds of...
The Rise and Fall of the Media Establishment
The Rise and Fall of the Media Establishment. Darrell M. West. Boston, MA: Bedford/ St. Martin's, 2001.140 pp. $45 hbk. Professor West, who teaches political science at Brown University, has written an insightful, interpretative, and certainly sweeping...
The Roots of a Sociology of News: Remembering Mr. Gates and Social Control in the Newsroom
We examine two "classic" research studies from the 1950s: David Manning White's analysis of the "gatekeeper" news editor and Warren Breed's explanation of social control in the newsroom. Although posing a potentially radical question-"What makes news?...
The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer
The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer. William Irwin, Mark T. Conard, and Aeon J. Skoble, eds. Chicago: Open Court, 2001. 303 pp. $17.95 pbk. "What is mind? No matter. What is matter? No mind." The great American philosopher Homer J. Simpson....
The Status of Internet-Based Research in Five Leading Communication Journals, 1994-1999
In light of recent calls to action regarding Internet research, this study examines the con tent,frequency, and pattern of published Internet-based research articles in five leading communication journals for the primary purpose of assessing how these...
Voices in the Wilderness: Images of Aboriginal People in the Australian Media
Voices in the Wilderness: Images of Aboriginal People in the Australian Media. Michael Meadows. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000. 249 pp. $72.50 hbk. Though most studies of racial issues and the media that reach the attention of U.S. audiences have...
Voter Learning and Interest in the 2000 Presidential Election: Did the Media Matter?
This study examines the relationships of exposure and attention to various news media, including the Internet, with information learned about the issue positions of candidates George Bush and Al Gore, interest in the 2000 election campaign, and intention...
Vulgarians at the Gate: Trash TV and Raunch Radio-Raising the Standards of Popular Culture
Vulgarians at the Gate: Trash TV and Raunch Radio - Raising the Standards of Popular Culture. Steve Allen. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2001. 419 pp. $26 hbk. Before he died in October 2000 at age 78, popular TV entertainer and Renaissance man Steve...
Watching Television Audiences: Cultural Theories & Methods
Watching Television Audiences: Cultural Theories & Methods. John Tulloch. London, UK: Arnold, 2000.264 pp. $74 hbk. $24.95 pbk. John Tulloch, head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, begins by noting the...
Who Owns the Media? Competition and Concentration in the Mass Media Industry
Who Owns the Media? Competition and Concentration in the Mass Media Industry. 3d ed. Benjamin M. Compaine and Douglas Gomery. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000.604 pp. $125 hbk. $39.95 pbk. Since it was first published in 1979, Who Owns the...
Women in Public Relations: How Gender Influences Practice
Women in Public Relations: How Gender Influences Practice. Larissa A. Grunig, Elizabeth L. Toth, and Linda Childers Hon. New York: Guilford Press, 2001. 424 pp. $40 hbk. These three authors have produced an extremely readable text about a topic important...
You Should Have Been Here Yesterday: A Life in Television News
You Should Have Been Here Yesterday: ALife in Television News. Garrick Utley. New York: Public Affairs, 2000. 285 pp. $27.50 hbk. A great number of memoirs by network television news anchors and reporters have been written. Few of those accounts can...
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