Media at War: Radio's Challenge to the Newspapers, 1924-1939

Media at War: Radio's Challenge to the Newspapers, 1924-1939

by Gwenyth Jackaway
     
 

Fought when radio was first introduced, the Press-Radio war was an attempt on the part of print journalists to block the emergence of radio news. For nearly a decade, the newspapers of America fought to keep broadcast journalism off the air, exerting various forms of economic, regulatory, and legal pressure against new competitors. This study traces the stages and

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Fought when radio was first introduced, the Press-Radio war was an attempt on the part of print journalists to block the emergence of radio news. For nearly a decade, the newspapers of America fought to keep broadcast journalism off the air, exerting various forms of economic, regulatory, and legal pressure against new competitors. This study traces the stages and forms of institutional self-defense utilized by the press. Far more than mere battles to protect profits, media wars are fights to preserve the institutional power that derives from controlling the channels of communication.

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"Media at War is a case study of the period from 1924, the year in which the airways first reposted election returns, through 1939, the year that the Associated Press finally lifted its ban on providing news briefs to radio. During these years most newspapers attempted to block the development of broadcast journalism. At stake was the power to control news distribution—the power to shape public opinion and set the national political agenda." - Choice

"In her deeply researched 1995 book, Media at War: Radio's Challenge to the Newspapers, 1924-1939, scholar Gwenyth L. Jackaway charts a similar set of complaints leveled by newspapers against the upstart medium of radio in the 1920s and 1930s." - Slate.com

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Jackaway (communication, Fordham U.) explores the nature of conflicts between established and emerging media through an in-depth case study of the 10-year battle by newspapers to defend their territory against upstart radio journalism. She looks at the reasons for resistance to new technologies; three chronological stages of the conflict; and radio's threat to the identity, structure, and function of the press. The immediate issue is no longer relevant because all the new technology is now owned by the established technology, but the mechanisms of cultural change revealed can be applied elsewhere. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275952570
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/1995
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1570L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

GWENYTH L. JACKAWAY is an Assistant Professor of Communications at Fordham University, New York, where she teaches courses in media history, mass culture, and research methods.

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