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World press encyclopedia : a survey of press systems worldwide
Quick, Amanda C.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Detroit : Gale, [2003]

Physical Description:
2 volumes (xxviii, 1285 pages) : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm


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PN4735 .W6 2003 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference
PN4735 .W6 2003 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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This comprehensive survey of press and electronic media now covers nearly 200 countries. Arranged alphabetically by country, entries begin with an overview of the background, economic framework and general characteristics of each country's press. Entries then cover the number and type of media, press laws, censorship issues, state-press relations, news agencies, electronic news media, education and training in journalism and much more. This new edition offers articles on 20 new countries and a focus on new media, including cable and Internet.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Twenty-one years after publication of the first edition, this completely revised work contains articles on the press and media in 232 countries and territories. Arranged alphabetically by country, entries generally cover the history of the Fourth Estate, press laws, economic framework, censorship, attitudes toward foreign media, a chronology of significant recent events, and a bibliography. Several entries are illustrated with black-and-white graphs depicting Internet use, top-circulation newspapers, and the number of personal computers; basic country data are also included. Three appendixes provide comparative statistical rankings (newspaper circulation, television stations, radio sets, etc.); annotated listing of news associations and organizations; and a collection of regional maps. A unified author-subject index provides easy access to the contents of both volumes. Compiled by 80 contributors, the individual essays vary greatly in quality and length (200-30,000 words). For some smaller and less developed nations, such as Belize and Benin, the essays are quite short. Essays for countries where the press is strictly regulated, such as Cambodia, can also be skimpy. Two additional appendixes would have been helpful: a listing of the Web sites for major newspapers and a general bibliography listing guides, directories, and handbooks to the world press. World Press Encyclopedia is an excellent reference source providing concise information for material currently dispersed in numerous print and Web sources. Especially valuable is the bibliography at the end of each entry. The Ghana essay, for example, cites a wide variety of sources from American media publications to Ghanaian newspapers. Useful for students, scholars, and those seeking quick information, this unique source is recommended for public and academic libraries. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Choice Review

The second edition significantly updates and expands the previous edition, edited by George T. Kurian (1982). New to this edition are an alphabetical arrangement of the 232 countries surveyed and custom-made graphs for advertising expenditures and numbers of Internet users. Graphs for some countries are omitted because information did not exist or was not available (e.g., advertising expenditures in Iraq). Expertly written essays range in length from 200 to 30,000 words; some essays are brief because of a country's relative size and remoteness (e.g., Pitcairn) or the inability to get objective information about a country's press (North Korea). Level of content varies: the essay on electronic news media in Argentina includes a long list of Web sites, but other essays include only a description. Paragraph headings are reasonably consistent, essay to essay: "Backgrounds and General Characteristics," "Economic Framework," "Press Laws," "Censorship," "State-Press Relations," "News Agencies," "Broadcast Media," "Electronic Media," "Education and Training of Journalists." Appendixes provide media statistics and directories of news agencies, press-related associations, organizations, and unions. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Larger collections or libraries supporting journalism programs. M. Shores University of Arkansas at Monticello