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Profiles in journalistic courage
Giles, Robert H., 1933-
Publication Information:
New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, [2001]

Physical Description:
xiii, 191 pages ; 23 cm
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Originally published in the Media studies journal, Spring/Summer 2000.
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Media studies journal.

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Some of the bravest actions of journalists are unknown, obscured by the passage of time, hidden by veils of anonymity or buried by systematic repression. Profiles in Journalistic Courage corrects this imbalance. With few exceptions, the stories told in this collection are unfamiliar. In the words of Richard Whelan on Robert Capa's vision of the Spanish Civil War, these tales are drawn from the edge of things. Most of the people highlighted here are journalists who worked on the margins of popularity, who blazed new and solitary paths, and who left fleeting legacies.Courageous journalists were not always thanked for their pioneering efforts. Jealousy, political disagreements, and differing conceptions of journalism sometimes fueled criticism of some of those dealt with in this volume. To complicate the subject further, brave journalists do not always act for reasons that win popularity or acclaim. Actions with laudable consequences are sometimes the result of egoism, stubbornness and ignorance, no less than selflessness, prudence, and principle. These psychological dimensions are not avoided in these profiles.In "Yesterday" David Copeland examines the tangled legacy of the trial of John Peter Zenger. Graham Hodges unearths the story of David Ruggles, an African-American journalist and abolitionist. Pamela Newkirk recalls the life and work of Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Pierre Albert explores the journalism of the French Resistance. Bernard L. Stein and Hank Klibanoff describe the work and motives of the civil rights movement. The volume covers the journalism of commitment from Northern Ireland to Native American tribes. It closes with an extended essay by James Boylan on varied perspectives on different aspects of courage in journalism, from the capacity to resist threats to the courage to tell people what they may not want to hear or read.

Author Notes

Robert Giles formerly editor in chief of Media Studies Journal, is curator of Harvard University's Nieman Foundation. Robert W. Snyder, the former editor is now professor of journalism at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Lisa DeLisle is senior editor of Media Studies Journal.

Table of Contents

David CopelandGraham Russell HodgesFelix GutierrezPamela NewkirkRichard WhelanPierre AlbertBernard L. SteinHank KlibanoffAlexander StilleBetty RollinEric Newton and Mary Ann HoganEmma GrayRichard J. MeislinMark N. TrahantMalachi O'DohertyLeo BogartJohn OwenW. Joseph CampbellJames Boylan
Prefacep. xi
Part 1 Yesterday
1. The Zenger Trialp. 3
2. David Rugglesp. 11
3. Francisco P. Ramirezp. 19
4. Ida B. Wells-Barnettp. 29
5. Robert Capa and the Spanish Civil Warp. 37
6. The Journalism of the French Resistancep. 45
7. This Female Crusading Scalawagp. 55
8. L. Alex Wilsonp. 67
Part 2 Today
9. Letizia Battagliap. 79
10. Picturing Breast Cancerp. 89
11. Great Courage, Small Placesp. 99
12. Glasnost Betrayedp. 107
13. Jeffrey Schmalzp. 115
14. Native American Newspapersp. 121
15. Breaking Ranks in Northern Irelandp. 131
16. Church and Statep. 141
17. Courage Isn't Enoughp. 151
18. Freedom Nerudap. 159
Review Essay: Different Faces of Courage
19. Who Has Guts?p. 169
For Further Readingp. 179
Indexp. 183