Newsworkers: Toward a History of the Rank and File

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Focusing on the period from the 1850s through the 1930s, the contributors show how issues of labor and class have been far more important in the formation of media institutions than previous accounts concede. These essays recover the history of ethnic and cultural diversity--including the contributions of women--that have enriched the process of communication.
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Overview

Focusing on the period from the 1850s through the 1930s, the contributors show how issues of labor and class have been far more important in the formation of media institutions than previous accounts concede. These essays recover the history of ethnic and cultural diversity--including the contributions of women--that have enriched the process of communication.
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Unlike most media histories which focus on the news industry from an institutional point of view, these collected essays concentrate on the newsworkers, primarily writers and editors, working in the press from the 1850s through the 1930s. The scholars consider issues of labor and class as they coincided with the industrial revolution, the emergence of the writer and the division of editorial practices. Two comparative essays analyze photography in relation to print, and journalistic ideology in Canada. "The exploitation of `little merchants'" completes the labor history with a discussion of newsboys. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816627073
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Without the Rank and File: Journalism History, Media Workers, and Problems of Representation 1
2 Discursive Strategies of Exclusion: The Ideological Construction of Newsworkers 30
3 The Emergence of the Reporter: Mechanization and the Devaluation of Editorial Workers 48
4 Cultural Discourse of Journalists: The Material Conditions of Newsroom Labor 75
5 The Site of Newsroom Labor: The Division of Editorial Practices 110
6 Words against Images: Positioning Newswork in the Age of Photography 135
7 Alternative Visions: The Intellectual Heritage of Nonconformist Journalists in Canada 160
8 Newsboys: The Exploitation of "Little Merchants" by the Newspaper Industry 190
Contributors 227
Index 229
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