Communities of Journalism

Communities of Journalism : A History of American Newspapers and Their Readers

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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 162.1 x 234.7 x 29.2mm | 589.68g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252026713
  • 9780252026713

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"Collects 12 essays written during the past 20 years by a leading journalism historian... Provides examples from more than two centuries of how newspapers fostered a sense of cultural identity in U.S. society and influenced community participation... Well annotated and clearly written throughout, this volume stands as a distinctive scholarly effort." -- Choice "Nord ... a skilled and incisive practitioner of journalism history, has collected in this volume his essays of the last twenty years, centered on the theme of newspapers and their communities. In the most entertaining, he traces the sources of today's tabloid news to the bizarre occurrences recorded tot show the divine hand at work in seventeenth-century New England. At the other end chronologically, he finds that the search of public, or civic, journalism, for a single, unified community fails to come to grips with the realities of power in a divided, 'interest-group society.'" -- James Boylan, Columbia Journalism Review "Almost without exception, the essays in Communities of Journalism attain a balance that is rare in the scholarship of journalism history. The studies attend to the nuts and bolts of newspaper production while also venturing outward to engage the big issues of social and cultural history; they offer generalizations that would satisfy most social scientists, yet support them with detail that is characteristic of a humanist's work; they tell complex stories in a precise, nuanced style that is never so subtle or technical that it confounds meaning." Indiana Magazine of History "In each of his separate essays, Nord gives a model of not only deeply developed ideas but careful use of the primary media sources complemented by the latest historical studies with many explanations in his endnotes." Journalism History "...brings together some of the most insightful and cogent statements about the meaning and significance of news, and the institutions that produce the news, to American history. ...This book should be read by established and young scholars alike. ... this book is certain to become a classic study of American draft resisters in Canada." American Historical ReviewADVANCE PRAISE:"David Paul Nord is our most versatile historian of American journalism. In Communities of Journalism, he reads newspapers through their communities and brilliantly reads readers through their newspapers in ways original, accessible, and eye-opening." -- Michael Schudson, author of The Power of News"These lucid essays are notably successful in connecting the history of journalism with social and cultural history; and when Nord turns to the history of reading, the data he has brought together and interpreted is of the highest importance." -- David D. Hall, author of Cultures of Print: Essays in the History of the Bookshow more

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