Politics and the American Press: The Rise of Objectivity, 1865-1920 / Edition 1

Politics and the American Press: The Rise of Objectivity, 1865-1920 / Edition 1

by Richard L. Kaplan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521006023

ISBN-13: 9780521006026

Pub. Date: 12/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

"Politics and the American Press takes a fresh look at the origins of modern journalism's ideals and political practices. In particular, Richard Kaplan addresses the professional ethic of political independence and objectivity widely adopted by the US press. He shows how this philosophy emerged from a strikingly different ethic of avid formal partisanship in the early…  See more details below

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"Politics and the American Press takes a fresh look at the origins of modern journalism's ideals and political practices. In particular, Richard Kaplan addresses the professional ethic of political independence and objectivity widely adopted by the US press. He shows how this philosophy emerged from a strikingly different ethic of avid formal partisanship in the early twentieth century." The book also provides fresh insights into the economics of journalism and uses business papers and personal letters of publishers to explore the influence of competition, advertising, and an explosion in readership on the market strategies of the press. Kaplan documents the changes in political content of the press by a systematic content analysis of newspaper news and editorials over a span of 55 years. The book concludes by exploring the question of what should be the appropriate political role and professional ethics of journalists in a modern democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521006026
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Partisan news in the early Reconstruction Era: African-Americans in the vortex of political publicity22
2Economic engines of partisanship55
3Rituals of partisanship: American journalism in the Gilded Age72
4The two revolutions in urban newspaper economics, 1873 and 1888104
51896 and the political revolution in Detroit journalism140
Conclusion184
Methodological appendix200
References204
Index221

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