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Title:
Discovering the news : a social history of American newspapers
Author:
Schudson, Michael.
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Publication Information:
New York : Basic Books, [1978]

©1978
Physical Description:
xi, 228 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1410 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780465016693
Format :
Book

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Summary

This instructive and entertaining social history of American newspapers shows that the very idea of impartial, objective "news" was the social product of the democratization of political, economic, and social life in the nineteenth century. Professor Schudson analyzes the shifts in reportorial style over the years and explains why the belief among journalists and readers alike that newspapers must be objective still lives on.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction the Ideal of Objectivityp. 3
Chapter 1 the Revolution in American Journalism in the Age of Egalitarianism: the Penny Pressp. 12
Conclusionp. 57
Chapter 2 Telling Stories: Journalism as a Vocation After 1880p. 61
Chapter 3 Stories and Information: Two Journalisms in the 1890sp. 88
Chapter 4 Objectivity Becomes Ideology: Journalism After World War Ip. 121
Chapter 5 Objectivity, News Management, and the Critical Culturep. 160
Notesp. 195
Indexp. 221