Crusaders, Scoundrels, Journalists: The Newseum's Most Intriguing Newspeople

Crusaders, Scoundrels, Journalists: The Newseum's Most Intriguing Newspeople

by Eric Newton
     
 
Crusaders, Scoundrels, Journalists traces the lives and times of nearly 300 American newspeople, from the colonial printer who wrote about the sex life of the king of France to the Global Village anchor who as a young man stood up dates in order to listen to Edward R. Murrow.
        Great journalism has a rich past. So does

Overview

Crusaders, Scoundrels, Journalists traces the lives and times of nearly 300 American newspeople, from the colonial printer who wrote about the sex life of the king of France to the Global Village anchor who as a young man stood up dates in order to listen to Edward R. Murrow.
        Great journalism has a rich past. So does lousy journalism. This entertaining book introduces readers to the inside story of news, as told by journalistic sleuths and sloths, martyrs and moguls, First Amendment heroes and notorious scandalmongers.

Hear them talk about how and why they do what they do:
"Telegraph fully all news...and when there is no news send rumors."
        —Wilbur Storey

"If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough."
        —Robert Capa

"Even more than the words, the way the words are said colors the telling."

—Susan Stamberg

"You just use pictures when you have them and words when you don't."
—David Brinkley


"There were virtually no Negro role models in communications in 1946... So what was I doing on this journey?"
        —Carl Rowan

"I didn't wave the flag and
didn't burn my bra. I just kept on working and stayed close to women on and off the camera."
        —Barbara Walters

"We are better off showing people everything instead of managing what people see."
—Brian Lamb

"Journalism is actually the last unexplored literaryfrontier."
—Truman Capote
        With the help of some of the nation's leading journalism historians, Crusaders, Scoundrels, Journalists profiles intriguing American newspeople from the 1690s to the 1990s. What we love and hate about them is what we love and hate about our culture. Knowing them and where they've been is a first step toward better understanding where we are today. The Newseum and The Freedom Forum
The Newseum, the only interactive museum of news, opened in April 1997 to popular and critical acclaim. The 72,000-square-foot Newseum is the largest operating program of The Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech, and free spirit for all people. Other operating programs are the Media Studies Center in New York City and the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The Freedom Forum was established in 1991 under the direction of founder Allen H. Neuharth as successor to the Gannett Foundation. That foundation had been established by Frank E. Gannett in 1935.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA-This title surveys news coverage in print form through concise profiles of the people who have conveyed it to the public. The introduction discusses who "newspeople" are and how they have shaped the events of their time. The body of the book divides the individuals into groups that reflect the nature of their personalities: "Political Animals," "Humorists," "War Reporters," "Sleuths," and "Global Villagers." Numerous journalists, both male and female, are presented along with related professionals, newspaper moguls, TV producers, and computer businessmen. Historical and contemporary individuals are included; there is an entry for James Thomson Callendar for his 1802 Richmond Recorder report on Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings. With its attractive blend of photographs and text, this volume will appeal to browsers, and it's a good starting point for researchers.-Frances Reiher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
The Freedom Forum's Newseum is the nation's only museum devoted to the history of journalism. Here is a Newseum gallery of heroes—or rogues, depending on your point of view—of the news trade in America over the last 350 years. As the Newseum's executive director Joe Urschel says in his introduction, "News, we need. It's the people who bring it to us we have trouble with." Represented here by a photograph and brief excerpts from their writings, they range from "political animals" such as Alexander Hamilton and William F. Buckley to war reporters Paul Revere and Peter Arnett to literary journalists like Ernest Hemingway and Joan Didion. Sex has been a hot topic since the beginning: in 1690 the first (and only) edition of Publick Occurrences (it was subsequently suppressed) contained a scandalous piece of news about King Louis XIV of France. Devotees of the First Amendment will be amply gratified by browsing through this volume of memorable news men and women.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812930801
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/09/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
11.34(w) x 8.81(h) x 1.38(d)

Meet the Author

Eric Newton is a Pulitzer Prize--winning newspaper editor, a writer, and a teacher. As Newseum managing editor, he coordinates the content of the world's first museum of news. When Newton was managing editor of The Oakland Tribune, the newspaper won more than 150 awards with the most diverse newsroom in the United States. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Mary Ann Hogan, and sons William and James. He also has edited Is the Pope Catholic?, The Bay Area at War, and The Open Newspaper.

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