Journalism History

Publication covering history and analysis of journalism.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring

A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures
Bradlee, Ben. A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995. 514 pp. $27.50. While gossip and innuendo are often appealing, the opportunity to learn an insider's perspective on contemporary politics is undeniably...
A Paper for Those Who Toil: The Chicago Labor Press in Transition
You may imagine you can read lying propaganda day after day without being influenced by it-but if you do imagine that, you are dead wrong . . .. The influence of propaganda is cumulative. Little by little, day by day, it seeps in and chloroforms the...
As Seen on TV: The Visual Culture of Everyday Life in the 1950s
Marling, Karal Ann. As Seen on TV: The Visual Culture of Everyday Life in the 1950s. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1994. 287 pp. $24.95. Karal Ann Marling's delightfully written book resurrects the notion of technological determinism traceable...
Autobiographies by Women Journalists: An Annotated Bibliography
This list includes autobiographies by women who established their reporting careers before 1960. The list excludes photojournalists, women working for special interest periodicals (although the black press is included here) magazines (except news magazines)...
Covering Dissent / the New Winter Soldiers
Small, Melvin. Covering Dissent. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1994. 228 pp. $16. Moser, Richard. The New Winter Soldiers. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press. 219 pp. $18.95. Melvin Small's book is a spin-off of an earlier...
Editor's Endnote
The other day a student in my media history class, Lee Hocking, commented during a discussion of movies that a friend liked the recently re-released Empire Strikes Back particularly because it portrayed a future in which "there were no mass media." The...
Gender at Work: Early Accounts by Women Journalists
n the late 1890s, not long after she graduated from a Milwaukee women's college, Elizabeth Banks applied for a reporting job at a St. Paul newspaper that had published her article describing her unhappy experiences as a "typewriter girl." The publisher...
John Steinbeck, War Reporter: Fiction, Journalism and Types of Truth
Before Pearl Harbor, John Steinbeck was content to look at the phenomenon of armed conflict in an abstract way. War, he wrote in the 1941 book Sea of Cortez, could be viewed as a "diagnostic trait of Homo sapiens," comparable to the instinct of crayfish...
Last Rights: Revisiting Four Theories of the Press
John C. Nerone, ed. Last Rights: Revisiting Four Theories of the Press. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1995. 184 pp. $12.95. Last Rights: Revisiting Four Theories of the Press provides an excellent critical analysis of the historical moment within...
Literary Journalism: A Biographical Dictionary of Writers and Editors
Applegate, Edd. Literary Journalism: A Biographical Dictionary of Writers and Editors. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996. 326 pp. $85. This reference work may help students to identify some of the figures associated with literary journalism who...
Mao, the Real Man
Mao, the Real Man. Szilveszter Siklosi, producer. New York: First Run Films, 1995. 0:54. There are historical facts and there are explanations for these facts. Mao, the Real Man is an experiment in explanations that clearly demonstrates the historical...
Media Marathon: A Twentieth-Century Memoir
Barnouw, Erik. Media Marathon: A Twentieth-Century Memoir. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1996. 264 pp. $22.95. Erik Barnouw writes pleasurable and enlightening histories, as anyone who has read Tube of Plenty or The Sponsor can attest. Media Marathon...
Newsworkers: Toward a History of the Rank and File
Hardt, Hanno, and Bonnie Brennen, eds. Newsworkers: Toward a History of the Rank and File. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1995. 237 pp. $19.95. In Newsworkers: Toward a History of Rank and File, eight mass communication scholars study an...
No Man's Land: Women Frontline Journalists
No Man's Land: Women Frontline Journalists, New York: Icarus Films, 1994. 0:50. Following in the tradition of Edward R. Murrow's "from the rooftops of London," coverage of the Vietnam action was served nightly to television viewers during their dinner...
Theodore Dreiser's Ev'ry Month
Barrineau, Nancy Warner, ed. Theodore Dreiser's Ev'ry Month. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1996. 347 pp. $50. Theodore Dreiser is well known for his books, including the 1900 classic Sister Carrie. But what did Dreiser do before he wrote that...
The People vs. Larry Flynt
The People Vs. Larry Flynt, Columbia Pictures, 1996. 2:01. In the film The People Vs. Larry Flynt, Flynt compares his upstart Hustler magazine to an automobile accident: no matter how much you try not to look, the voyeur in all of us makes it difficult...
The Press and Politics in Israel: The Jerusalem Post from 1932 to the Present
Frenkel, Erwin. The Press and Politics in Israel: The Jerusalem Post From 1932 to the Present. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1994. 186 pp. $55. This volume attempts to illuminate the story of a newspaper in the context of its society. It looks at...
The Repeal of Reticence: A History of America's Cultural and Legal Struggles over Free Speech, Obscenity, Sexual Liberation, and Modern Art
Gurstein, Rochelle. The Repeal of Reticence: A History of America's Cultural and Legal Struggles over Free Speech, Obscenity, Sexual Liberation, and Modern Art. New York: Hill and Lang, 1996. 357 pp. $27.50. If you feel a bit queasy about body parts...
Women, Media, and Politics
Norris, Pippa, ed. Women, Media, and Politics. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. 269 pp. $17.95. Women, Media, and Politics contains thirteen essays on the impact of the media on women's power in the United States. Twenty-two academics and journalists...
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