American Journalism: History, Principles, Practices / Edition 1

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News consumers made cynical by sensationalist banners—"AMERICA STRIKES BACK," "THE TERROR OF ANTHRAX"—and lurid leads might be surprised to learn that in 1690, the newspaper Publick Occurrences gossiped about the sexual indiscretions of French royalty or seasoned the story of missing children by adding that "barbarous Indians were lurking about" before the disappearance. Surprising, too, might be the media's steady adherence to, if continual tugging at, its philosophical and ethical moorings.

These 39 essays, written and edited by the nation's leading professors of journalism, cover the theory and practice of print, radio, and TV news reporting. Politics and partisanship, press and the government, gender and the press corps, presidential coverage, war reportage, technology and news gathering, sensationalism: each subject is treated individually. Appropriate for interested lay persons, students, professors and reporters.

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Published in 1690, Publick Occurrences, Both Forreign and Domestick, was the first newspaper in the American Colonies and perhaps the shortest lived, as the authorities banned it after one issue. With this beginning, American journalism has changed dramatically over its 300-year history, from the early years of partisan political newspapers to today's multimedia coverage of all aspects of life. Sloan, a professor of journalism at the University of Alabama, and Parcell, a doctoral candidate there, have collected 39 essays, each providing a historical overview of an important aspect of journalism history. Topics include theoretical subjects like ethics and objectivity, types of news coverage such as photojournalism and foreign correspondence, and issues related to technology, including television journalism and news transmission. The contributors are primarily academics, and each short essay concludes with a list of selected readings. With each essay written by a different specialist and the collection arranged in no discernible order, readers can pick and choose the selections they prefer. Since the book, with its double-column format, has the look and feel of a textbook, it is most appropriate for academic libraries. Judy Solberg, George Washington Univ. Lib., Washington, DC Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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These 38 original contributions aim to help journalists and students better appreciate the goals and development of their profession. The first essay reviews the purposes of the field since US colonial times. Sloan (journalism, U. of Alabama) discusses editorial writing. Parcell, a recent Ph.D. from the same campus, chronicles the history of newspaper illustrations sans examples. Other topics addressed include ethics, women in journalism, sensationalism, coverage of specific aspects of life, and relevant technologies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786413713
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/10/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Author and editor of numerous books W. David Sloan is retired from teaching journalism at the University of Alabama. He lives in Northport, Alabama. Lisa Mullikin Parcell, is a professor of communication at Wichita State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
1 The Purposes of Journalism 3
2 Politics and Partisanship 14
3 The Press and Government 23
4 Concepts of News 34
5 Ethics 44
6 Press Criticism 55
7 Characteristics of Journalists 66
8 Training and Education of Journalists 76
9 Women in Journalism 87
10 Publishers 97
11 Economics, Business, and Financial Motivations 106
12 Mergers, Chains, Monopoly, and Competition 116
13 Freedom of the Press 125
14 Press Rights and Laws 135
15 News Gathering 144
16 Cooperative News Gathering 153
17 Coverage of Washington 163
18 The Press and U.S. Presidents 171
19 Coverage of Political Campaigns 181
20 Coverage of Crime 189
21 Coverage of Sports 198
22 Investigative Journalism 209
23 Reform Journalism, Exposes, and Crusading 219
24 The Press and War 229
25 War Coverage 236
26 Foreign Correspondence 248
27 Objectivity 258
28 Sensationalism and Tabloidism 267
29 Radio Journalism 277
30 Television News 286
31 News Writing Structure and Style 296
32 Editorial Writing 306
33 Newspaper Design 316
34 Newspaper Illustrations 325
35 Photojournalism 335
36 Cartoons, Comics, and Caricature 343
37 Technologies of News Gathering and Transmission 350
38 Printing Technologies 358
Contributors 369
Index 373
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