Journalism History

Publication covering history and analysis of journalism.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 3, Autumn

Abraham Lincoln: A Press Portrait
Book Reviews Mitgang, Herbert. Abraham Lincoln: A Press Portrait. New York: Fordham University Press, 2000. $19.95. First published in 1956, Herbert Mitgang's collection of articles, editorials and letters to the editor about and, in a number of cases,...
A History of American Literary Journalism: The Emergence of a Modern Narrative Form
Book Reviews Hartsock, John. A History of American Literary Journalism: The Emergence of a Modern Narrative Form. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2000. 281 pp. $17.95. In striving for professional stature and academic recognition, journalism...
Big Voices of the Air: The Battle over Clear Channel
Foust, James C. Big Voices of the Air: The Battle over Clear Channel Radio. Ames: University of Iowa Press, 2000. 249 pp. $49.95. Starting in 1928, as the Federal Communications Commission began one of its periodic attempts to reallocate the broadcast...
"Conflicts of Interests": Covering Reform in the Wisconsin Press, 1910-1920
The early twentieth century in the United States was a period of social and political unrest during which two reform movements-- woman suffrage and prohibition-- adhered to the belief that the press could serve as a powerful ally in molding public opinion.1...
Dreamworlds 2: Desire/Sex/Power in Music Video / Behind the Screens: Hollywood Goes Hypercommercial
Dreamworlds 2: Desire/Sex/Power in Music Video. Northampton, MA: Media Education Foundation, 1995. 55 minutes. $195/$125 for high schools; transcript available. Behind the Screens: Hollywood Goes Hypercommercial. Northampton, MA: Media Education Foundation,...
India's Newspaper Revolution: Capitalism, Politics and the Indian-Language Press, 1977-1999
Book Reviews Jeffrey, Robin. India's Newspaper Revolution: Capitalism, Politics and the Indian-Language Press, 1977-1999. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000. 234 pp. $65. India's Newspaper Revolution is a significant contribution to mass communication...
Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising's Image of Women / Game Over: Gender, Race & Violence in Video Games
Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising's Image of Women. Northampton, MA: Media Education Foundation, 2000. 34 minutes. $295. Game Over: Gender, Race & Violence in Video Games. Northampton, MA: Media Education Foundation, 2000. 41 minutes. $250. These...
Obituaries in American Culture
Book Reviews Hume, Janice. Obituaries in American Culture Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2000. 198 pp. $18. The author has examined nearly 8,500 obituaries printed in seven papers during three periods in American history and argues persuasively...
Oliver Stone's USA: Film, History, and Controversy
Book Reviews Toplin, Robert Brent, ed. Oliver Stone's USA: Film, History, and Controversy. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2000. 360 pp. $34.95. Writer and director Oliver Stone must be a serious filmmaker deserving serious treatment. Why else...
Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press
Electronic Media Reviews Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press. Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.: New Day Films, 1996. 111 minutes. $249. In an era of concentrated, corporate ownership of media and self-censorship by reporters who fear alienating...
The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst
Book Reviews David Nasaw. The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000. 687 pp. $35. At first, it is hard to believe that the world needs yet another book on William Randolph Hearst. We have been well served by William...
The Civil War and the Press
Book Reviews Sachsman, David B., S. Kittrell Rushing and Debra Reddin van Tuyll, eds. The Civil War and the Press. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2000. 584 pp. $49.95. Intended to showcase the Symposium on the Antebellum Press, the Civil...
The Ideological Fight over Creation of the Federal Radio Commission in 1927
In 1926, the conflicting ideologies of Senator Clarence Dill, Representative Wallace White, and Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover threatened pending legislation that would help end chaos on the radio airwaves. In the eventual compromise Dill's knowledge...
The Remaking of an American
Book Reviews Banks, Elizabeth. The Remaking of an American. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2000. 348 pp. $19.95. The Remaking of an American is an unusual book. It includes Jane St. Gabin's essay on Elizabeth Banks (1865?-1938), an American...
The War for the Public Mind: Political Censorship in Nineteenth-Century Europe
Book Reviews Goldstein, Robert Justin, ed. The War for the Public Mind: Political Censorship in Nineteenth-Century Europe. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2000. 288 pp. $64. In 1852, the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev approached the Moscow censor Prince V.V....
Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity
Electronic Media Reviews Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity. Northhampton, MA: Media Education Foundation, 1999. 85 minutes. Price unknown. As its title suggests, this video examines how popular culture has contributed to a crisis...
When a Newspaper Was Accused of Killing a President: How Five New York City Papers Reacted
"One of the greatest and ... best presidents that this country ever saw has been shot by a dastardly human beast. Isn't it a fact that sheets like the New York Journal are in large measure responsible for this miserable act?" Letter to the editor, Joseph...
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