Journalism History

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Articles from Vol. 41, No. 3, 2015

A Portrait of a Journalist as a Cold War Expert: Harrison Salisbury
In March 1953, liberal anti-Communist journal The New Leader accused The New York Times's, Moscow correspondent, Harrison Salisbury, of "totalitarian journalism."1 From the time that Salisbury took up his Moscow post in 1949 until his return home in...
Congress Needs Help: A Case Study in Documentary Journalism History
Congress Needs Help is an hourlong news documentary that aired at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 1965, on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) network. The report detailed problems and suggested improvements pertaining to America's legislative...
"Dear Mrs. Griggs": Women Readers Pour out Their Hearts from the Heartland
McBride, Genevieve G. and Stephen R. Byers. "Dear Mrs. Griggs": Women Readers Pour Out Their Hearts from the Heartland. Milwaukee, Wis.: Marquette University Press, 2014. 370 pp. $29.Readers sharing ideas in a public forum originated in print long before...
Heroes and Scoundrels: The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture
Ehrlich, Matthew C. and Joe Saltzman. Heroes and Scoundrels: The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015* 241 pp. $25.Matthew Ehrlich and Joe Saltzman's love shines through in this book-love of journalists,...
Inventing the Egghead: The Battle over Brainpower in American Culture
Lecklider, Aaron. Inventing the Egghead: The Battle over Brainpower in American Culture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013. 285 pp. $45.Inventing the Egghead, by Aaron Lecklider, makes two major, and one minor, arguments. The primary...
Julian Bond: An Appreciation
Julian Bond will always be the voice of the civil rights history of my time. Bond, who died August 15, 201 5, narrated the peerless fourteen-part PBS documentary series Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years (1954-1965), which aired in 1987,...
Picturing Sports: Finding the "Actual" in Nineteenth-Century Illustrated Sporting News
In 1885, the March 21 edition of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper featured a two-thirds-page illustration depicting scenes from the newly opened New York Athletic Club on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Fifty-Fifth Street. Explaining the offerings...
Public Relations and Religion in American History: Evangelism, Temperance and Business
Lamme, Margot Opdycke. Public Relations and Religion in American History: Evangelism, Temperance and Business. New York: Routledge, 2014, 205 pp. $145.In her new book, historian Margot Opdycke Lamme makes a compelling case that the roots of much of modern...
Saigon Has Fallen
Arnett, Peter. Saigon Has Fallen. New York: Rosetta Press, 2015. 224 pp. $14.95.Any historian interested in war reportage in general, or the reporting of the Vietnam War in particular, will find Peter Arnett's latest book absorbing. Arnett, a New Zealander,...
The Internet Is Not the Antidote: A Cultural-Historical Analysis of Journalism's Crisis of Credibility and the Internet as a Remedy
Journalism is experiencing a severe crisis oi credibility. According to Gallup polls, Americans' confidence in the mass media has been consistently declining each year since 2007.' As only Tine indication of its depth, a 2013 survey conducted by the...
The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game
Pilon, Mary. The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game. New York: Bloomsbury, 2015. 313 pp. $27.Anyone who has ever played Monopoly, and few Americans can say they have not, knows the point of the board game....
The Myth of the Nassau Mausoleum: A Brainchild of the First All-Sports Radio Station
In 1990, ads began to pop up across New York City bragging, "We've got New York sports by the . . These captured the bravado of WFAN 660 AM, the world's first all-sports radio station, a 50,000-watt, clear-channel juggernaut that had generated massive...
The President in Black and White: My Up Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America
Ryan, April. The President in Black and White: My Up Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015. 154 pp. $24.95.April Ryan has produced a work of rare insight because of her position as one of the very...
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