Journalism and Film

This page contains citations for books and articles about trade publications, fan magazines, news coverage of Hollywood and movies, film critics, and depictions of journalists/journalism in movies.

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Abel, Richard. “House Organs and the Detroit Weekly Film News in the 1910s.”  Film History 27:3 (2015): 137-159.

Abel, Richard.  Menus for Movieland: Newspapers and the Emergence of American Film Culture.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015.

Badsey, Stephen.  “The Depiction of War Reporters in Hollywood Feature Films from the Vietnam War to the Present.”  Film History 14:3-4 (2002): 243-260.

Barris, Alex.  Stop the Presses: The Newspaperman in American Films. New York: Barnes and Co., 1976.

Church, David. “Between Fantasy and Reality: Sexploitation, Fan Magazines, and William Rostler’s ‘Adults Only’ Career.” Film History 26:3 (2014): 106-143.

Deshardins, Mary.  “Fan Magazine Trouble: The AMPP, Studio Publicity Directors, and the Hollywood Press, 1945-1952.”  Film History 26:3 (2014): 29-56.

Diaz, Vanessia.  Manufacturing Celebrity: Latino Paparazzi and Women Reporters in Hollywood.  Durham: Duke University Press, 2020.

Ehrlich, Matthew C.  Journalism in the Movies.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Frost, Jennifer. “‘Good Riddance to Bad Company’: Hedda Hopper, Hollywood Gossip, and the Campaign against Charlie Chaplin, 1940–1952.” Australasian Journal of American Studies  26 (December 2007): 74–88. 

Frost, Jennifer.  Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood: Celebrity Gossip and American Conservatism.  New York: NYU Press, 2010.

Frost, Jennifer. “Movie Star Suicide, Hollywood Gossip, and Popular Psychology in the 1950s and 1960s.” Journal of American Culture 34:2 (2011): 113-123.

Good, Howard.  Girl Reporter: Gender, Journalism, and the Movies.  Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 1998.  

Good, Howard.  The Drunken Journalist: The Biography of a Film Stereotype.  Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2000.

Good, Howard, and Michael J. Dillon.  Media Ethics Goes to the Movies.  Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002.

Haberski, Raymond J., Jr.  Its Only a Movie!: Films and Critics in American Culture.  Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2001.

Higashi, Sumiko.  Stars, Fans, and Consumption in the 1950s: Reading Photoplay.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Hoyt, Eric.  Ink-Stained Hollywood: The Triumph of American Cinema’s Trade Press.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 2022.

Kellow, Brian. Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark. New York, NY: Viking, Penguin Group, 2011. 

Lester, Peter.  “Press Agents of Change: Early Hollywood and the New Publicity.”  Journal of Cinema and Media Studies59:4 (Summer 2020): 107-128.

Lopate, Phillip, ed.  American Movie Criticism: An Anthology from the Silents Until Now.  New York: Library of America, 2006.

McDonald, Tamar Jeffers.  “Reviewing ‘Reviewing the Fan Mags’.”  Film History 28:4 (Winter 2016): 29-57.

McKelway, St. Clair.  Gossip: The Life and Times of Walter Winchell.  New York: Viking Press, 1940.

McLean, Adrienne L. and David A. Cook, eds. Headline Hollywood: a Century of Film Scandal. New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2001. 

Miller, Mark Stuart. “Promoting Movies in the Late 1930s: Pressbooks at Warner Bros.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Texas at Austin, 1994.

Ness, Richard R.  From Headline Hunter to Superman: A Journalism Filmography.  Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 1997.

Olsson, Jan.  Los Angeles before Hollywood: Journalism and American Film Culture, 1905 to 1915.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.

Orgeron, Marsha. “‘You Are Invited to Participate’: Interactive Fandom in the Age of the Movie Magazine.” Journal of Film and Video 61, no. 3 (Fall 2009): 3–23.

Salzman, Joe.  Frank Capra and the Image of the Journalist in American Film.  Los Angeles: Norman Lear Center, Annenberg School of Communication, 2002.

Sharot, Stephen.  “The Woman’s Picture in the Trade Press of Classical Hollywood.” Film History 33:2 (Summer 2021): 91-117.

Slide, Anthony.  Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine: A History of Star Makers, Fabricators, and Gossip Mongers. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010.

Slowik, Michael.  “Revealing Reality: Fan Magazine Rhetoric, Sound Technology, and Stardom in the Early Sound Era.”  Journal of Film and Video 70:2 (Summer 2018): 30-45.

Smith, Jeff.  Film Criticism, the Cold War, and the Blacklist: Reading the Hollywood Reds.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014.

Studlar, Gaylyn.  “The Perils of Pleasure: Fan Magazine Discourse as Commodified Culture in the 1920s,” in Silent Film, ed. Richard Abel. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1996.

Vaughn, Stephen, and Bruce Evensen. “Democracy’s Guardians: Hollywood’s Portrait of Reporters, 1930-1945.”Journalism Quarterly 68:4 (Winter 1991): 829-838.

Wasson, Haidee. “The Woman Film Critic: Newspapers, Cinema and Iris Barry.” Film History: An International Journal 18, no. 2 (2006): 154-162.

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