American Newspaper Columnist

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Overview

The figure of the newspaper columnist, which emerged in America in the mid-nineteenth century, plays a key role in modern newspapers. Columnists nowadays add a decidedly personal touch to the newspapers in which they appear—an important consideration in an increasingly impersonal, corporate, no-nonsense medium. This volume provides the most complete look available at the emergence of the columnist and at who the leading columnists have been from the Civil War era to the present. In total, 780 columnists and their work are examined chronologically—according to when their columns first appeared—within several categories: early (1800s), humor, column poets, syndicated political, other syndicated, local, and minority.

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Describes the origins, development, and present condition of the niche in newspaper journalism that, like the longer feature stories, are designed to be interesting and entertaining rather than to convey news. Extends from the 1800s to the establishment of minority columnists. The final of three books Riley (communications, Virginia State U.) has produced on columns; a 1993 anthology of columns by local rather than syndicated columnists, and a 1995 biographical dictionary. He uses all three in his journalism course on the subject. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275958671
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/1998
  • Pages: 272
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

SAM G. RILEY is Professor of Communication Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Beginnings: Columnists of the 1800s 1
2 Humor Columnists 11
3 Column Poetry 47
4 The Pundits: America's Syndicated Political Columnists 79
5 Other Syndicated Columnists 133
6 Local Columnists 155
7 Minority Columnists - Critical Mass at Last 195
Selected Bibliography 219
Index 229
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