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1st Edition

Encyclopedia of American Journalism

Edited By

Stephen L. Vaughn

ISBN 9780415999083
Published April 2, 2009 by Routledge
664 Pages

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Book Description

The Encyclopedia of American Journalism is the only single-volume reference work to explore the history of journalism in the United States in print media, radio, television, and the Internet. This groundbreaking volume documents the integral part that journalism has played in the formation of American culture—with 405 entries ranging in length from 500 to 5,000 words.

Now in paperback, this volume covers key figures and watershed moments in the history of American journalism. The range of entries is vast, covering historical notables such as William Randolph Hearst and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and contemporary press personalities like Tom Brokaw and Helen Thomas; news outlets including CNN, New York Times, Salon.com, Sports Illustrated, and the Associated Press; historical themes and practices from muckraking to reporting on terrorism; and much more. Every entry includes a substantial list of suggestions for further reading. The Encyclopedia of American Journalism is an indispensable reference for anyone seeking to understand the foundations of the press as the "fourth pillar" of American democracy.

Table of Contents


Entries A-Z


Sample Contents (A):

Abbott, Robert S.

ABC News

Abolitionist Press

 Abrams v. United States (1919)

Adams, Samuel Hopkins


Agee, James

Agricultural Journalism

Alien and Sedition Acts, 1798

Alternative Press

American Revolution

American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE)

Annenberg, Walter

Anthony, Susan B.

AOL Time Warner

Archives and Newspapers

Archiving and Preservation

Arizona Republic

Armed Forces Media

Army-McCarthy Hearings

Asian American Journalists and Press

Associated Press

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Atlantic Monthly

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Stephen L. Vaughn has taught the history of journalism and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, since 1981. He has been a past Vilas Associated Scholar at Wisconsin and is the recipient of two Fulbright awards. He is the author of several books and numerous scholarly articles.


"The diverse range of topics (Boxing journalism, Chinese American press, Obituaries, Weekly Reader, to name a few) makes it a particularly useful reference source."—Booklist

"Strongly recommended for all libraries." -- Library Journal