Journalism History

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Articles from Vol. 38, No. 3, Fall

Anonymous in Their Own Names: Doris E. Fleischman, Ruth Hale, and Jane Grant. Nashville
Henry, Susan. Anonymous in Their Own Names: Doris E. Fleischman, Ruth Hale, and Jane Grant. Nashville, Term.: Vanderbilt University Press, 2012. 281 pp. $35.This book recognizes the contributions to mass communications made by three women, Doris E. Fleishman,...
A Struggle for Identity: The Rise and Fall of Sports Illustrated Women
The success of the United States' female athletes in the 1996 Olympics spawned immense public enthusiasm for women's sports in America. Along with nearly two decades of surging female athletic participation due to the effects of Title IX, a generation...
Editing Desire, Working Girl Wisdom, and Cupcakeable Goodness: Helen Gurley Brown and the Triumph of Cosmopolitan
In 1965, Helen Gurley Brown (1922-2012) assumed the top editing job at Cosmopolitan and transformed it from a failing title into one of magazine publishing's greatest successes. During an era of increasing publication specialization, Cosmopolitan was...
Exit Interview
Westin, David. Exit Interview. New York: Sarah Crichton Books, 2012. 288 pp. $27.David Westin took a step down the organization chart to replace Roone Arledge as president of ABC News in 1997. Before he quit in 2010 he had come to admire and respect...
Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat
Holland, Max. Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2012. 302 pp. $29.95.When Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's All the President's Men was published in 1974, immense speculation immediately surrounded the identity...
Pacific Citizens: Larry and Guyo Tajiri and Japanese American Journalism in the World War II Era
Robinson, Greg, ed. Pacific Citizens: Larry and Guyo Tajiri and Japanese American Journalism in the World War II Era. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2012. 344 pp. $60.Pacific Citizens tells the story of the struggle for equality by Japanese Americans...
Rhetoric of Fear: South Carolina Newspapers and the State and National Politics of 1830
South Carolinians declared protective tariffs Congress passed in 1824 and 1828 unconstitutional and unfair for placing undue burden on the South while benefiting the North. A political faction formed that saw the rights of the state as paramount and...
Tales of the Old Indian Territory and Essays on the Indian Condition
John Milton Oskison. Tales of the Old Indian Territory and Essays on the Indian Condition. Lincoln, Neb. University of Nebraska Press, 2012. 680 pp. $60.John Milton Oskison was a successful writer and journalist in the early twentieth century, but he...
The Bride Factory: Mass Media Portrayals of Women and Weddings
Engstrom, Erika. The Bride Factory: Mass Media Portrayak of Women and Weddings. New York: Peter Lang, 2012. 300 pp. $38.95.In The Bride Factory, Erika Engstrom explores bridal media from dieir inception in Victorian-era newspaper announcements to the...
The Deal from Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers
O'Shea, James. The Deal from Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers. New York: Public Aflairs, 2011. 395 pp. $28.99.The "deal from hell" was Chicago real estate developer Sam Zell's purchase of the publicly traded Tribune...
The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine
Brock, David and Ari Rabin-Havt. The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine. New York: Anchor Books, 2012. 329 pp. $15.It's easy to find at least 300 titles on Amazon Books arguing the media are biased in one way or another....
"The Great Wrong": "Jennie June's" Stance on Women's Rights
Throughout her career, Jane Cunningham Croly (1829-1901), better known as "Jennie June," wrote extensively about women's rights in mainstream newspapers and magazines. This article revalues her work, considering the complexity of her journalistic stances...
The Press March to War: Newspapers Set the Stage for Military Intervention in Post-World War II America
Hallock, Steve. The Press March to War: Newspapers Set the Stage for Military Intervention in Post-World War II America. New York: Peter Lang, 2012. 293 pp. $37.95.It is unlikely you will find a more timely work of journalism history than Steve Hallock's...
The Sweet Sixteen: The Journey That Inspired the Canadian Women's Press Club
Kay, Linda. The Sweet Sixteen: The Journey that Inspired the Canadian Women's Press Club. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2012. 228 pp. $34.95.American journalism can take a little bit of credit for inspiring the birth of the...
Trouble on the Right, Trouble on the Left: The Early History of the American Newspaper Guild
The early years of the American Newspaper Guild were filled with intense internal conflict as well as determined resistance from publishers. Starting in 1933, Guild members engaged in a vigorous debate about whether the organization should be a professional...

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