Journalism History

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Articles from Vol. 32, No. 2, Summer

Beat the Press: How Leading Political Cartoonists Framed Protests at the 1968 Democratic Party Convention
Anti-war protestors at the 1968 Democratic convention chanted, "The whole world is watching," as Chicago police beat demonstrators. But it was not only television that depicted the violence. In the aftermath, political cartoonists tried to make sense...
Culture Wars: The Media and the British Left
Curran, James, Ivor Gaber, and Julian Petley. Culture Wars: The Media and the British Left. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. 316 pp. $23.It may have been just one of those interesting coincidences that surface from time to time, but this book's...
Drawing Civil War Soldiers: Volunteers and the Draft in Harper's Weekly and Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1861-64
News illustrations and editorial cartoons in Harper's Weekly and Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, the two major illustrated news weeklies of the time, have been credited with directly aiding Civil War enlistment efforts in the North. This article...
Exhortation to Action: The Writings of Amy Jacques Garvey, Journalist and Black Nationalist
This article provides a perspective on the diverse nature of the black press by examining themes in the writings of Amy Jacques Garvey, a largely unrecognized black woman journalist who was an associate editor and editorial writer for the Negro World,...
James Agee: Selected Journalism
Ashdown, Paul. James Agee: Selected Journalism. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2005. 166 pp. $19.95.A week after H.G. Wells died in August 1946, James Agree wrote in Time magazine that Wells' tragedy was "he lived long enough to have a second...
Jefferson and the Press: Crucible of Liberty
Knudson, Jerry W. Jefferson and the Press: Crucible of Liberty. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2006. 248 pp. $34.95.In Jefferson and the Press: Cruable of Liberty, Jerry W. Knudson presents a thoughtful description and analysis of the...
No Ordinary Joe: A Life of Joseph Pulitzer III
Pfaff, Daniel W. No Ordinary Joe: A Life of Joseph Pulitzer III. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2005. 376 pp. $34.95.The burden of history can be great on those who bear the name of their prominent and influential ancestors. This notion, Daniel...
Realer Than Reel: Global Directions in Documentary
Hogarth, David. Reader than Reel: Global Directions in Documentary. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2006. 198 pp. $19.95David Hogarth's look at the fate of the documentary in the era of global media markets confronts a transitional moment in the history...
The Big Postwar Story: Abundance and the Rise of Economic Journalism
The post-World War II era saw a dramatic transformation of U.S. financial journalism. Financial reporting changed from reciting stock quotations, company earnings, and puff pieces on businessmen and individual companies to broader stories about the national...
The First Texas News Barons
Cox, Patrick. The First Texas News Barons. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005. 280 pp. $19.95.A book about the press barons-George Dealey, Amon Carter Sr., and Jesse Jones-of Texas is overdue, and the reason for the delay has been a paucity of primary...
The Making of an Ink-Stained Wretch: Half a Century Pounding the Political Beat
Witcover, Jules. The Making of an Ink-Stained Wretch: Half a Century Pounding the Political Beat. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005. 343 pp. $30.Reporting on government to the governed, whether from city hall or the White House, is at the...
The Truth Shall Make You Free: The Mississippi Free Press, 1961-63
This article focuses on the first two years of the Mississippi Free Press, which was the brainchild of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers. That time period was critical for the newspaper because that was when its editorial philosophy was developed...
Through Their Eyes: Foreign Correspondents in the United States
Hess, Steven. Through Their Eyes: Foreign Correspondents in the United States. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2005. 195 pp. $44.95.Stephen Hess' most recent book seeks answers to three questions regarding foreign correspondents in the...
Women Making News: Gender and Journalism in Modern Britain
Tusan, Michelle Elizabeth. Women Making News: Gender and Journalism in Modern Britain. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2005. 306 pp. $45.Historians interested in the early women's movement in Great Britain have often looked to newspaper content...
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