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Crusaders, scoundrels, journalists : the newseum's most intriguing newspeople
Newton, Eric, 1957-
Publication Information:
New York : Random House International [1999]

Physical Description:
vii, 399 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 x 29 cm
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PN4871 .C78 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Crusaders, Scoundrels, Journalists traces the lives and times of nearly 300 American newspeople, from the colonial printer who wrote about the sex life of the king of France to the Global Village anchor who as a young man stood up dates in order to listen to Edward R. Murrow.         Great journalism has a rich past. So does lousy journalism. This entertaining book introduces readers to the inside story of news, as told by journalistic sleuths and sloths, martyrs and moguls, First Amendment heroes and notorious scandalmongers. Hear them talk about how and why they do what they do: "Telegraph fully all news...and when there is no news send rumors."         --Wilbur Storey "If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough."         --Robert Capa "Even more than the words, the way the words are said colors the telling." --Susan Stamberg "You just use pictures when you have them and words when you don't." --David Brinkley "There were virtually no Negro role models in communications in 1946... So what was I doing on this journey?"         --Carl Rowan "I didn't wave the flag and didn't burn my bra. I just kept on working and stayed close to women on and off the camera."         --Barbara Walters "We are better off showing people everything instead of managing what people see." --Brian Lamb "Journalism is actually the last unexplored literary frontier." --Truman Capote         With the help of some of the nation's leading journalism historians, Crusaders, Scoundrels, Journalists profiles intriguing American newspeople from the 1690s to the 1990s. What we love and hate about them is what we love and hate about our culture. Knowing them and where they've been is a first step toward better understanding where we are today. The Newseum and The Freedom Forum The Newseum, the only interactive museum of news, opened in April 1997 to popular and critical acclaim. The 72,000-square-foot Newseum is the largest operating program of The Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech, and free spirit for all people. Other operating programs are the Media Studies Center in New York City and the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The Freedom Forum was established in 1991 under the direction of founder Allen H. Neuharth as successor to the Gannett Foundation. That foundation had been established by Frank E. Gannett in 1935.

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Booklist Review

Here's a book news junkies will relish: a collection of brief biographies of 285 notable newsfolk (broadly defined), put together by the managing editor of the Newseum (the journalism museum in Arlington, Virginia). For each entry, Newton provides a portrait, a biographical sketch, and a brief sample of the journalist's work. Newton sorts his subjects into 16 categories: newsmongers, crusaders, political animals, humorists, war reporters, media moguls, sleuths, barrier breakers, photographers, literary journalists, radio people, TV people, martyrs, society's critics, sports people, and global villagers. This capacious tent accommodates Lippmann and Winchell, Izzy Stone and Matt Drudge, Murrow and Imus, Ben Franklin and Oprah Winfrey, Joseph Pulitzer and Rupert Murdoch, Margaret Sanger and Rush Limbaugh. Photographs of nineteenth-and twentieth-century figures will delight browsers ("So that's what he/she looked like!"). Excerpts are too brief to capture most writers' styles, but curiosity should send many readers to the shelves in search of longer works by Ben Hecht or W. E. B. DuBois, Dorothy Thompson or Ernie Pyle, Randy Shilts or Pauline Kael. --Mary Carroll

School Library Journal Review

YA-This title surveys news coverage in print form through concise profiles of the people who have conveyed it to the public. The introduction discusses who "newspeople" are and how they have shaped the events of their time. The body of the book divides the individuals into groups that reflect the nature of their personalities: "Political Animals," "Humorists," "War Reporters," "Sleuths," and "Global Villagers." Numerous journalists, both male and female, are presented along with related professionals, newspaper moguls, TV producers, and computer businessmen. Historical and contemporary individuals are included; there is an entry for James Thomson Callendar for his 1802 Richmond Recorder report on Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings. With its attractive blend of photographs and text, this volume will appeal to browsers, and it's a good starting point for researchers.-Frances Reiher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.