Journalism History

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Articles from Vol. 22, No. 2, Summer

A Love Affair with Life & Smithsonian
Thompson, Edward K. A Love Affair with Life & Smithsonian. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1995. 305 pp. $26.95. More than a third of all American homes subscribed to Life in the late 1940s, with millions more reading the magazine as it was...
Ambrose Bierce: Alone in Bad Company
Morris, Roy Jr. Ambrose Bierce: Alone in Bad Company. New York: Crown Publishers, 1995. 306 pp. $30. "The wickedest man in San Francisco"-an irreverent cynic, provocateur, and incisive chronicler of human inadequacies and failures-Ambrose Bierce has...
Communication in Eastern Europe: The Role of History, Culture, and Media in Contemporary Conflicts
Casmir, Fred L. Communication in Eastern Europe: The Role of History, Cun, and Media in Contemporary Conflicts. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1995. 350 pp. $69.95. Given that perhaps none of the twelve contributors to this volume is a historian...
Cybersecrecy / the Internet: Cyber Hate and Freedom of Speech
Cybersecrecy, 28 minutes, $255. The Internet: Cyber Hate and Freedom of Speech, 20 minutes, $250. Distributed by New Dimension Media, Inc. The first of these two videos, Cybersecrecy, effectively covers one of the more compelling issues of our time:...
David Brinkley: Memoir
Brinkley, David. David Brinkley: Memoir. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995. 273 pp. $25. When David Brinkley went to work for NBC in the early 1940s, perhaps neither he nor his contemporaries dared to forecast television's future impact as a news medium....
Editor's Endnote
Amidst the hand-wringing about Americans' lack of historical knowledge and understanding comes an occasional voice pointing the finger at other than the public school system. One such voice is William Craig Rice, whose article "Who Killed History? An...
Esky: The Early Years at Esquire / It Wasn't Pretty, Folks, but Didn't We Have Fun? Esquire in the Sixties
Merrill, Hugh. Esky: The Early Years at Esquire. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1995. 220 pp. $27.95. Polsgrove, Carol. It Wasn't Pr, Poy, Folks, But Didn't We Have Fun? Esquire in the Sixties. New York: W.W. Norton, 1995. 323 pp. $27.SO....
Lou Grant: The Making of TV's Top Newspaper Drama
Daniel, Douglass K. Lou Grant: The Making of TV's Top Newspaper Drama. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1996. 269 pp. $17.95. How delightful to read a well-told tale about the all-time most popular TV drama dealing with newspaper journalism....
Media at War: Radio's Challenge to the Newspapers, 1924-1939
Jackaway, Gwenyth. Media at War: Radio's Challenge to the Newspapers, 192-1939. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1995. 184 pp. $49.95. Media at War is, in author Gwenyth Jackaway's words, "an exploration of the nature of conflicts between established and emerging...
Radio and Television Coverage of the Oklahoma City Bombing
Radio and Television Coverage of the Oklahoma City Bombing. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association, 1995. 4:30 in three volumes. $20.00/volume. At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, a bomb destroyed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma...
Radio Hole-in-the-Head/Radio Liberty: An Insider's Story of Cold War Broadcasting
Critchlow, James. Radio Hole-in-the-Head/Radio Liberty: An Insider's Story of Cold War Broading. Washington, D.C.: American University Press, 1995. 192 pp. $21.95. Radio Liberty, created in 1951 as a step-sister to Radio Free Europe, beamed news, music,...
The First International Journalism Organization Debates News Copyright, 1894-1898
International mass communication is treated mostly as a modern phenomenon, brought about by modern technologies. As a result, the study of journalism history has been overwhelmingly delineated by national borders, and only a handful of historical studies...
The Kingfish and the Constitution: Huey Long, the First Amendment, and the Emergence of Modern Press Freedom in America
Cortner, Richard C. The Kingfish and the Constitution: Huey Long, the First Amendment, and the Emergence of Modern Press Freedom in America. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996. 216 pp. SSS. Nobody has ever dominated in a state to the extent that...
The Press in Times of Crisis
Chiasson, Lloyd, Jr., ed. The Press in es of Crisis. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1995. 255 pp. $18.95. This essay collection is an excellent reference for anyone teaching an undergraduate mass communication history course, and it also would make a good...
The Reader as Consumer: Curtis Publishing Company and Its Audience, 1910-1930
Edward Bok used to say that he edited the Ladies' Home Journal with an ideal woman in mind. He first saw her not long after he became the Journal's editor in 1889, when he and Cyrus Curtis took a trip to several small cities to "study the needs of the...
Unspeakable: The Rise of the Gay and Lesbian Press in America
Streitmatter, Rodger. Unspeakable: The Rise of the Gay and Lesbian Press in America. Boston: Faber and Faber, 1995. 424 pp. $27.95. Rodger Streitmatter, a professor of journalism at American University, has written a history of the lesbian and gay press...
Unsung Jazz: How Kansas City Papers Missed the Story
Perhaps improbably for a provincial city of fewer than half a million people, Kansas City, Missouri, from the mid-1920s to the late 1930s, was a crucible of red-hot artistic action. The art was jazz, and helping fuel its vitality was the atmosphere of...
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