Taking Their Political Place: Journalists and the Making of An Occupation

Taking Their Political Place: Journalists and the Making of An Occupation

by Patricia L. Dooley
     
 

Early in the 19th century the work of American newspaper journalists was intertwined with the work of politicians. Journalists were primarily printers and editors, and newspapers were largely political organs, funded and used by politicians for political reasons. As the 19th century progressed, not only journalists, but politicians, were involved in newspaper work.

Overview

Early in the 19th century the work of American newspaper journalists was intertwined with the work of politicians. Journalists were primarily printers and editors, and newspapers were largely political organs, funded and used by politicians for political reasons. As the 19th century progressed, not only journalists, but politicians, were involved in newspaper work.

Dooley explores the transformation of journalism, examining how journalists established occupational boundaries separating their work from that of politicians. She focuses on how an occupational group that had been inseparable from party politics early in the 19th century grew to be seen by many in society as more distant and independent from parties by the end of the century and became accepted as the citizenry's primary provider of political news and editorial opinion. This study of how journalists established occupational boundaries will be of interest to scholars and researchers of journalism history, political communication, and the sociology of work.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Explaining that Americans have not always turned to journalists for political news, Dooley (communication, Wichita State U.) traces the evolving roles of journalism in the 18th and 19th centuries when journalists vied with politicians for providing the political content of newspapers. Applying the sociological theory of Everett Hughes on work, occupations, and professions, she analyses historical-cultural issues of the fourth estate relevant to the electronic age<-->as reflected in newspaper prospectuses and libel trials. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313300622
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/1997
Series:
Contributions to the Study of Mass Media and Communications Series
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

PATRICIA L. DOOLEY is Assistant Professor at the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.

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