Journalism History

Publication covering history and analysis of journalism.

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 4, Winter

Gender Breakthrough Fit for a Focus Group: The First Women Newscasters and Why They Arrived in Local TV News
While considerable attention has been given to the emergence of women in television news, explanations have rested on the careers of nationally known newswomen whose strides against gender bias are said to have cleared a path for others. Yet, as this...
Lincoln Was a "Red" and Washington a Bolshevik: Public Memory as Persuader in the Appeal to Reason
This study examines the uses of history and public memory in the Appeal to Reason, which was the most successful and powerful of the socialist newspapers in early twentieth-century America. The purpose is to explore how an alternative group made use...
Pop Music and the Press
Jones, Steve, ed.Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002. 270 pp. $19.95.This collection of essays examines the role of popular music criticism and critics since the 1950s, with contributors theorizing about both criticism practice and reception.Steve...
Ralph Emerson McGill: Voice of the Southern Conscience
Teel, Leonard Ray. Ralph Emerson McGill: Voice of the Southern Conscience. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2001. 576 pp. $24.95.Ralph McGill, the Atlanta Constitution editor who stood for civil rights when it was unpopular and dangerous, now...
Self-Exposure: Human-Interest Journalism and the Emergence of Celebrity in America, 1890-1940
Ponce de Leon, Charles L.Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002. 352 pp. $19.95.Whether in popular music, movies, sports, business, or politics, celebrities clearly dominate print and electronic journalism more today than at any time in...
The Flying Newsboy: A Small Daily Attempts Air Delivery
This study describes the efforts of Harry D. Strunk, publisher of a small daily newspaper in southwestern Nebraska, to use technology to make his paper a mass medium in 1929-30, which was a time characterized by several innovations. Purchasing goods...
The Peril of the Unheeded Warning: Robert F. Rogers' "Vietnam: It's a Mad War"
The political management and prosecution of the Vietnam War are among the worst tragedies in American history. Any of the relatives and friends of the 58,000 men and women whose names are milled into the black granite of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial...
Voices of Revolution: The Dissident Press in America
Streitmatter, Rodger. Voices of Revolution: The Dissident Press in America. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001. 335 pp. $18.50.Voices of Revolution: The Dissident Press in America is a nice corrective to traditional media histories that continue...
Watching Television Come of Age: The New York Times Reviews by Jack Gould
Gould, Lewis L., ed.Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002. 272 pp. $ 22.95.Jack Gould was television critic for the New York Times from 1947 to 1972, and upon his retirement, Fred Friendly called him the conscience of the industry. This useful collection...
Women in Journalism Oral History Collection of the Washington Press Club Foundation
This is the first in what will be a series of ankles on archival collections of interest to mass communication historians. Readers of Journalism History are invited to suggest collections that they would like to see appear in future articles, and the...
Writing the Wrongs: Eva Valesh and the Rise of Labor Journalism
Faue, Elizabeth.Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2002. 249 pp. $35.This book is an excellent model for the scholar trying to balance nutrient-rich research with an engaging writing style. It also is an excellent model for the scholar linking a...
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