1st Edition

Rediscovering U.S. Newsfilm
Cinema, Television, and the Archive

ISBN 9781138699458
Published June 25, 2018 by Routledge
346 Pages - 29 B/W Illustrations

USD $155.00

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Book Description

The twentieth century generated tens of thousands of hours of American newsfilm but not the scholarly apparatus necessary to analyze and contextualize them. Assembling new approaches to the study of U.S. newsfilm in cinema and television, this book makes a long overdue critical intervention in the field of film and media studies by addressing the format’s inherent intermediality; its mediation of "events" for local, national, and transnational communities; its distinctive archival legacies; and, consequently, its integral place in film and television studies more broadly. This collection brings fresh, contemporary methodologies and analysis to bear on a vast amount of material that has languished in relative obscurity for far too long.

Table of Contents


Mark Garrett Cooper, Sara Beth Levavy, Ross Melnick, And Mark Williams

Part One

Newsfilm And the News

  1. The Great War and The Birth of American Moving Image Journalism
  2. Greg Wilsbacher

  3. News’ Electric Circuits: Newspapers, Newsreels, And Radio Between the Wars
  4. Sara Beth Levavy

  5. Home Invasions: Hearst Newsreels, American Preparedness, And the Coming of World War Ii
  6. Kenneth Hough

  7. Completing the Transmedia Trinity: A History of The Telenews Theater Corporation
  8. Michael Aronson

  9. Historicizing Television News in the 1960s: Case Studies Of the Kennedy Assassination and The Selma Voting Rights Campaign
  10. Aniko Bodroghkozy

  11. Breakthroughs by Women in Documentary Newsfilm Production: A Case History of Nbc’s Washington Documentary Unit, 1961–89
  12. Thomas A. Mascaro

    Part Two

    Newsfilm Geographies

  13. The Circulation of Local Newsreels in The Silent Period: The Case of Detroit
  14. Richard Abel

  15. Technologies of Place in The Early Sound Newsreel: The Aerial View
  16. Jennifer Peterson

  17. From Canada And Back Again: Roy Tash, Montreal’s Associated Screen News, And the U.S. Newsreel’s Transnational Flows Before World War Ii
  18. Joseph Clark

  19. A Long Ride on The Metro: Metro News, Hearst Metrotone Inc., And U.S. Studio-Government Relations
  20. Ross Melnick

  21. Mama’s Brand of Tv: Lbj, Family-Owned Broadcasting, And Complicating "Local" Newsfilm
  22. Caroline Frick

    Part Three

    Into the Archives

  23. The Hearst Metrotone News Collection at The UCLA Film & Television Archive
  24. Blaine M. Bartell

  25. Movietonews, Inc.: A Researcher’s Introduction
  26. Greg Wilsbacher

  27. Newsfilm At the National Archives and Records Administration: An Overview and Spotlight on The Universal Newsreel Collection
  28. Ellen Mulligan and Carol Swain

  29. The KTLA Newsfilm Collection At UCLA: Research Opportunities and Challenges
  30. Mark Quigley

  31. Reading the News(Films): Local Television News Collections At the University Of South Carolina
  32. Amy Meaney

  33. If You Digitize It, They Will Come or Welcome South, Brother: Local Television Newsfilm Collections at The University of Georgia
  34. Ruta Abolins

  35. The Collaborative Collection: Boston TV News
  36. Karen Cariani

  37. Fifty Terms for Newsfilm: A Typology of Archival Elements
  38. Dan Streible

  39. Watching Radio: Early Newsfilm Collections as Alternative Radio Archives
  40. Shawn Vancour

  41. Archives of Liveness: Television Newsfilm Reconsidered
  42. Mark Williams

  43. Outtakes: Perils and Possibilities
  44. Mark Garrett Cooper and Jaimie Baron

  45. Note on Wuzhip!

Mark Garrett Cooper, Elaine Chun, Stanley Dubinsky, And Tracey L. Weldon


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Mark Garrett Cooper is a Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of South Carolina, USA.

Sara Beth Levavy is a scholar of Film, Media, and Art History.

Ross Melnick is an Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.

Mark Williams is an Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at Dartmouth College, USA.