Journalism History

Publication covering history and analysis of journalism.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 2, Summer

Advertising in the '60S
Warlaumont, Hazel G. Advertising in the '60s. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2001. 244 pp. $65. Institutions in order to survive tend to adopt the mantle of the broader culture in ways both obvious and subtle. Advertising in the 1960s became the fawning cousin...
After Watergate: Nixon and the Newsweeklies
Witcher, Russ. After Watergate: Nixon and the Newsweeklies. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2000. 95 pp. $22.50. This slim volume-only sixty-seven pages of text-reports the results of Russ Witcher's quantitative content analysis of 240 articles...
Deregulating Telecommunications: U.S. and Canadian Telecommunications, 1840-1996
Wilson, Kevin G. Deregulating Telecommunications: U.S. and Canadian Telecommunications, 1840-1996. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000. 309 pp. $24.95. Journalism historians are, by their definition, concerned with the content of communication...
Fireside Politics: Radio and Political Culture in the United States, 1920-1940
Craig, Douglas B. Fireside Politics: Radio and Political Culture in the United States, 1920-1940. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000. 362 pp. $45. Radio could claim to be the first mass acculturating medium. If so, whose culture are we and...
"From Beautiful Downtown Burbank": A Critical History of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, 1968-1973
Erickson, Hal. "From Beautiful Downtown Burbank": A Critical History of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, 1968-1973. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2000. 333 pp. $45. Now really? A scholarly work on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In"? Oh, why not? There's...
How Corporate Ownership Facilitated a Split in the Scripps Newspaper Empire
E.W. Scripps was among the early adopters of corporate ownership for newspapers. it helped him to develop a chain and provide incentives to editors and business managers at the individual newspapers by distributing stock shares among close associates...
In Search of Jenkins: Taste, Style, and Credibility in Gilded-Age Journalism
In the 1860s to the 1880s, the term "Jenkins," borrowed from a British expression for a windy and obsequious society reporter, was widely used in the U.S. a derisive term for journalists whose prose was over-rich and whose prying was viewed as excessive....
"Legacy of a Kidnapping: Lindbergh & the Triumph of the Tabloids"
"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. . . . That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered." Ecclesiastes...
News about News: John G. Speed and the First Newspaper Content Analysis
This article examines the history of the first quantitative content analysis of a newspaper. John Gilmer Speed, a former New York World editor, used this research method to compare the content of four New York dailies published in 1881 and in 1893. He...
Richard Fox, John L. Sullivan, and the Rise of Modern American Prize Fighting
During the 1880s, National Police Gazette publiser Richard Kyle Fox helped create modern boxing by conducting promotions, offering prize belts, and publicizing the exploits of boxing great John L. Sullivan. Fox used the Gazette not just to chronicle...
Roughing It in the Suburbs: Reading Chatelaine Magazine in the Fifties and Sixties
Korinek, Valerie J. Roughing it in the Suburbs: Reading Chatelaine Magazine in the Fifties and Sixties. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000. 447 pp. $29.95. Chatelaine "could sit on your coffee table and no one would think you had something subversive...
Texans Behind the News: Texas Journalists of the 20th Century
Casad, Dede Weldon. Texans Behind The News: Texas Journalists of the 20th Century. Austin, Texas: Eakin Press, 2000. 134 pp. $15.95. Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Sarah McClendon, and Molly Ivins have several things in common. A desire to tell a good...
The Beginning of Broadcast Regulation in the Twentieth Century / American Broadcast Regulation and the First Amendment: Another Look
Bensman, Marvin R. The Beginning of Broadcast Regulation in the Twentieth Century. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2000.272 pp. $35. Tillinghast, Charles H. American Broadcast Regulation and the First Amendment: Another Look. Ames: Iowa State University...
The Daily Texan: The First 100 Years
Copp, Tara and Robert L. Rogers. The Daily Texan: The First 100 Years. Austin, Texas: Eakin Press, 1999. 147 pp. $29.95. Students who serve on the staff of the student newspaper at the University of Texas have reason to be proud. The story of The Daily...
The Muckrakers: Evangelical Crusaders
Miraldi, Robert, ed. The Muckrakers: Evangelical Crusaders. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2000.164 pp. $65. The Muckrakers is not a book for everyone. If you do not know anything about the historical phenomenon called muckraking, a time when investigative...
War and Politics by Other Means: A Journalists' Memoir
Scates, Shelby. War and Politics by Other Means: A Journalists' Memoir. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2000. 224 pp. $24.95. Columbia journalism Review not long ago trumpeted that New York rules American journalism. That may be so. But Shelby...
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