Textbooks and General Histories of Journalism

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Altschull, J. Herbert.  From Milton to McLuhan: The Ideas Behind American Journalism.  Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1990.

Amenta, Edwin, and Neal Caren.  Rough Draft of History: A Century of US Social Movements in the News.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2022.

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalism.  New York: Verso, 1991.

Apple, Rima D., Gregory J. Downey, and Stephen L. Vaughn, eds. Science in Print: Essays on the History of Science and the Culture of Print. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012.

Aucoin, James L. “The Investigative Tradition in American Journalism.” American Journalism 14, no. 3–4 (1997): 317–29.

Azocar, Cristina.  News Media and the Indigenous Fight for Federal Recognition.  Lanham: Lexington Books, 2022.

Barkin, Steve M. “The Journalist as Storyteller: An Interdisciplinary Perspective.” American Journalism 1, no. 2 (1984): 27–34.

Barnhurst, Kevin G.  Mister Pulitzer and the Spider: Modern News from Realism to the Digital. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2016.

Bartholomew, Robert E., and Benjamin Radford.  The Martians Have Landed!: A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011.

Bauer, A.J.  “Conservative News Cultures and the Future of Journalism History.” American Journalism 40:3 (2023): 338-346.

Baughman, James L. “The World is Ruled By Those Who Holler the Loudest: The Third-Person Effect in American Journalism History.” Journalism History 16:1/2 (Spring/Summer 1989): 12-19.

Baughman, James J., Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, and James P. Danky, eds.  Protest on the Page: Essays on Print and the Culture of Dissent.  Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2015.

Beasley, Maureen H.  Taking Their Place: A Documentary History of Women and Journalism. Washington DC: American University Press, 1993.

Bernhard, Jim.  Porcupines, Picayunes, and Posts: How Newspapers Get Their Names.  Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2008.

Best, Kate Nelson.  The History of Fashion Journalism.  London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.

Black, Jeremy.  The Power of Knowledge: How Information and Technology Made the Modern World.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014.

Blanchard, Margaret A.  “The Ossification of Journalism History: A Challenge for the 21st Century.”  Journalism History 25 (August 1999): 107-112.

Blevens, Frederick. “The Shifting Paradigms of Investigative Journalism in the 20th Century.” American Journalism 14, no. 3–4 (1997): 257–61.

Bleyer, William G.  Main Currents in the History of American Journalism.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1927.

Borchard, Gregory A.  A Narrative History of the American Press.  New York: Routledge, 2018.

Briggs, Asa, and Peter Burke.  A Social History of the Media: From Gutenberg to the Internet.  2 ed.  Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2005.

Burner, David, and Thomas R. West.  Columns Right: Conservative Journalists in the Service of Nationalism.  New York: New York University Press, 1988.

Carey, James W. Communication and Culture: Essays on Media and Society.  New York: Routledge, 1992.

Castagnaro, Mario. “Embellishment, Fabrication, and Scandal: Hoaxing and the American Press.”  PhD dissertation, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009.

Chaisson, Lloyd, ed.  The Press in Times of Crisis.  Westport, CT: Prager, 1995.*

Chaisson, Lloyd, ed.  Three Centuries of American Media.  Englewood, CO: Morton Publishing, 1999.

Chandler, Alfred D., Jr, and James W. Cortada, eds.  A Nation Transformed by Information: How Information has Shaped the Unites States from Colonial Times to the Present.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Cline, Hugh F.  Information Communication Technology and Social Transformation: A Social and Historical Perspective.  New York, NY: Routledge, 2014.

Cochran, Thomas C.  “Media as Business: A Brief History.”  Journal of Communication 25 (Autumn 1975): 155-165.

Connery, Thomas B.  Journalism and Realism: Rendering American Life.  Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2011.

Consuegra, David.  American Type: Design & Designers.  New York: Allworth Press, 2004.

Cook, Philip S. et .al. eds.  American Media: The Wilson Quarterly Reader.  Washington: Wilson Center Press, 1989.

Cora, Ronald, and William Henry Longton.  The Conservative Press in the Twentieth Century.  Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999.

Cray, Ed, Jonathan Kotler, and Miles Beller, eds.  American Dateline: Major News Stories from Colonial Times to the Present.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003.

Czitrom, Daniel. Media and the American Mind: From Morse to McLuhan. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1982.

Daly, Christopher B. Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation’s Journalism. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2012.

Daniels, Jonathan.  They Will Be Heard: America’s Crusading Newspaper Editors.  New York: McGraw-Hill, 1965.

Davis, Caroline, ed.  Print Cultures: A Reader in Theory and Practice.  New York: Red Globe Press, 2019.

DiCenzo, Maria.  Feminist Media History: Suffrage, Periodicals, and the Public Sphere.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

DiGirolamo, Vincent.  Crying the News: A History of America’s Newsboys.   New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Dommann, Monika, and Sarah Pybus.  Authors and Apparatus: A Media History of Copyright.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2019.

Douglas, Sara U.  Labor’s New Voice: Unions and the Mass Media.  Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1986.

Dunaway Taylor, Welford, ed.  The Newsprint Mask: The Tradition of the Fictional Journalist in America. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1991.

Eason, David L.  “The New Social History of the Newspaper.”  Communication Research 11 (January 1984): 141-151.

Edwards, Paul N., et. al.  “Historical Perspectives on the Circulation of Information,” American Historical Review 116: 5 (December 2011), 1393-1435.

Ehrlich, Matthew C., and Joe Salzman.  Heroes and Scoundrels: The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015.

Emery, Michael, ed. The Press and America: An Interpretive History of the Mass Media. 9th edition.  Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2000.

Evensen, Bruce J.  Journalism and the American Experience.  New York: Routledge, 2018.

Fang, Irving E.  A History of Mass Communication: Six Information Revolutions.  Boston: Focal Press, 1997.

Farrar, Ronald T., and John D. Stevens, eds.  Mass Media and the National Experience: Essays in Communication History.  New York: Harper and Row, 1971.

Finneman, Teri, and Erika Pribanic-Smith, eds.  Social Justice, Activism, and Diversity in U.S. Media History.  New York: Routledge, 2023.

“The Fourth Estate, 100th Anniversary, 1884-1984.”  Editor and Publisher (31 March 1984).  370 page special issue

Fleming, Dan B.  “Benjamin Franklin to Watergate: The Press in U.S. History Textbooks.” Journalism Quarterly 61 (1984): 885-88.

Fleming, Thomas.  Behind the Headlines: Great Moments in American Newspaper History.  New York: Doubleday, 1970.

Folkerts, Jean, and Dwight L. Teeter.  Voices of a Nation: A History of Mass Media in the United States.  3rd ed.  Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1998.

Ford, Edwin H., and Edwin Emery, eds.  Highlights in the History of the American Press.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1954.

Fuller, Linda K. and Lilless McPherson Shilling. Dictionary of Quotations in Communications. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997.

Garfrerick, Beth H. “A History of Weekly Community Newspapers in the United States, 1900 to 1980.” PhD dissertation, University of Alabama, 2009.

Garza, Melita M., Michael Fuhlhage, and Tracy Lucht, eds.  The Routledge Companion to American Journalism History.  New York: Routledge, 2023.

Gillespie, Tarlton, Pablo J. Baczkowski, and Kirsten A. Foot, eds.  Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society.  Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014.

Golia, Julie Annette. “Advising America: Advice Columns and the Modern American Newspaper, 1895–1955.” PhD dissertation, Columbia University, 2010.

Gonzalez, Juan, and Joseph Torres.  News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media.  New York: Verso, 2011.

Gordon, George N.  The Communications Revolution: A History of Mass Media in the United States.  New York: Hastings House, 1977.

Gorman, Lyn, and David McLean.  Media and Society in the Twentieth Century: A Historical Introduction.  New York: Wiley Blackwell, 2002. 

Gregory, Winifred, ed.  American Newspapers, 1821-1936.  New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1937.

David Gudelunas, David.  Confidential to America: Newspaper Advice Columns and Sexual Education.  New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2008. 

Harris, Jr., Roy J.  Pulitzer’s Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism.  Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2007.

Head, Sydney W., Christopher H. Sterling, and Lemuel B. Schofield.  Broadcasting in America: A Survey of Electronic Media.  7th ed.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994.

Henkin, David M.  The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communications in Nineteenth-Century America.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Hills, Jill. Telecommunications and Empire. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007.   

Holt, Jennifer, and Alisa Perren, eds. Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2009.

Hui Kyong Chun, Wendy, Anna Watkins Fisher, and Thomas W. Keenan, eds.  New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader, 2 ed.  New York: Routledge, 2016.*

Hutt, Allen.  The Changing Newspaper: Typographic Trends in Britain and America, 1622-1972.  London: Gordon Fraser, 1973.

Jensen, Carl.  Stories that Changed America: Muckrakers of the 20th Century.  New York: Seven Stories Press, 2000.

John, Richard R.  “Debating New Media: Rewriting Communications History.” Technology and Culture 64:2 (April 2023): 308-358.

Jones, Robert W.  Journalism in the United States.  New York: Dutton, 1947.

Karolevitz, Robert F.  From Quill to Computer: The Story of America’s Community Newspapers.  National Newspaper Foundation, 1985.

Keever, Beverly Ann D., Carolyn Martindale, and Mary Ann Weston, eds.  U.S. News Coverage of Racial Minorities: A Sourcebook, 1934-1996.  New York: Greenwood Press, 1997.  

Kellstedt, Paul M.  The Mass Media and the Dynamics of American Racial Attitudes.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Keppeler, Jill. Newspapers throughout American HistoryJourney to the Past: Investigating Primary Sources. New York: Gareth Stevens, 2020.

Kobre, Sidney.  Development of American Journalism.  Dubuque: Wm. C. Brown Co., 1969.

Kroeger, Brooke. Undercover Reporting: The Truth about Deception. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2012.

Knowlton, Steven R., and Karen Freeman, eds.  Fair and Balanced: A History of Journalistic Objectivity.  Northport, Ala.: Vision Press, 2005.

Krause, Monika. “Reporting and the Transformations of the Journalistic Field: U.S. News Media, 1890–2000.” Media, Culture, and Society 33 (January 2011): 89–104.

Lacy, Dan M.  From Grunts to Gigabytes: Communications and Society.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996.

Lanosga, Gerry. “The Press, Prizes, and Power: Investigative Reporting in the United States, 1917–1960.”  PhD dissertation, Indiana University, 2011. 

Lanosga, Gerry.  “New Views of Investigative Reporting in the Twentieth Century.” American Journalism 31:4 (Fall 2014): 490-506.

Lee, Alfred McClung.  The Daily Newspaper in America: The Evolution of a Social Instrument.  New York: Macmillan, 1937.

Lee, James M.  History of American Journalism.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1917.

Liebovich, Louis W. “Economics and United States Newspapers.” Journalism History 18 (January 1992): 41-44.  

Lora, Ronald, and William Henry Longton, eds.  The Conservative Press in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century America.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.*

Lloyd, Mark.  Prologue to a Farce: Communication and Democracy in America.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006.

Lumsen, Linda.  Social Justice Journalism: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media From Abolition to #womensmarch.  New York: Peter Lang, 2019.

McChesney, Robert and William Solomon, eds.  Ruthless Criticism: New Perspectives in U.S. Communication History.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993.

McKerns, Joseph P.  “The History of American Journalism: A Bibliographic Essay.”  American Studies International 15:1 (Autumn 1976): 17-34.

McNeil, Peter.  Fashion Journalism: History, Theory, and Practice.  New York: Bloomsbury, 2017.

McMurtrie, Douglas.  A History of Printing in the United States.  New York: Bowker, 1936.

Malin, Brenton.  Feeling Mediated: A History of Media Technology and Emotion in America.  New York: NYU Press, 2014.

Mari, Will.  “Technology in the Newsroom.”  Journalism Studies 19:9 (July 2018): 1366-1389.  1920s-60s

Marzio, Peter C.  The Men and Machines of American Journalism.  Washington DC: National Museum of History and Technology, 1973.

Marzolf, Marion T.  Up From the Footnote: A History of Woman Journalists. New York: Hastings House, 1997.

Mascaro, Thomas A.  “Congress Needs Help: A Case Study in Documentary Journalism History.” Journalism History 41:3 (Fall 2015): 118-128.

Mattelart, Armand.  The Invention of Communication.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996.

Memmel, Scott. “Pressing the Police and Policing the Press: The History and Law of the Relationship Between the News Media and Law Enforcement in the United States.” PhD dissertation, University of Minnesota, 2020.

Merrill, John C.  The Elite Press: Great Newspapers of the World.  New York: Pitman, 1968.

Mindich, David T.Z.  “Searching for Journalism History in Cyberspace.”  American Journalism 15:1 (1998): 103-08. 

Moore, Paul, and Sandra Gabriele.  The Sunday Paper: A Media History. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2022.

Moran, Terance P.  Introduction to the History of Communication: Evolutions & Revolutions.  New York: Peter Lang, 2010.

Mott, Frank Luther. American Journalism: A History, 1690-1960, 3rd ed. New York: Macmillan Company, 1962.

Nadler, Anthony, and A.J. Bauer, eds.  News on the Right: Studying Conservative News Cultures.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.   Several essays deal with the history of conservative media.

Nerone, John.  “Does Journalism History Matter?”  American Journalism 28:3 (Fall 2011): 7-27.

Nerone, John.  The Media and Public Life: A History.  Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2015.

Nicholas, Sian, and Tom O’Malley, eds.  Moral Panics, Social Fears, and the Media: Historical Perspectives.  New York, NY: Routledge, 2013.

Nord, David Paul.  Communities of Journalism: A History of American Newspapers and Their Readers.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001.

Ostertag, Bob.  People’s Movements, People’s Press: The Journalism of Social Justice Movements.  Boston: Beacon Press, 2006.

Parcell, Lisa M.  “Newspaper Newswriting Style, 1690-1970.”  PhD dissertation, University of Alabama, 2003.

Patnode, Randall.  The Synchronized Society: Time and Control From Broadcasting to the Internet.  New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2023.

Peters, John D.  Speaking Into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.

Peters, John D., and Peter Simonson, eds.  Mass Communication and American Social Thought: Key Texts, 1919-1968.  Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004.

Pettegree, Andrew.  The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know About Itself.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014.

Pilger, John, ed.  Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism that Changed the World.  New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2005.

Pilgrim, Tim A.  “Newspapers as Natural Monopolies: Some Historical Considerations.” Journalism History 18 (1992): 3-10.

Poe, Marshall T. A History of Communications: Media and Society from the Evolution of Speech to the Internet. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

The Power of Print in American History, 1776-1976.  New York: St. Regis, 1977.

Publisher’s Auxiliary.  Journalism Bicentennial History Series.  8 vols.  Washington DC: National Newspaper Association, 1975.

Randall, David.  The Great Reporters.  Ann Arbor: Pluto Press, 2005.

Rainbolt, William R.  “The Image of Journalism in American Films, 1946-1976.”  PhD dissertation, State University of New York-Albany, 2004.

Rhodes, Jane. “The Visibility of Race and Media History.” Critical Studies in Mass Communication 10 No. 2 (June 1993): 184-190.

Risley, Ford.  American Journalism: A History.  Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2021.

Ritchie, Donald A.  “The Past Meets the Press: Historians and the News Media.”  Maryland Historian 30 (Spring 2006): 61–71.

Rosenberg, Emily S.  A World Connecting, 1870-1945.  Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012.

Rothmyer, Karen.  Winning Pulitzers: The Stories Behind Some of the Best News Coverage of Our Time.  New York: Columbia University Press, 1991.

Russell, Dennis. “The Journalistic Autobiography: How Reporters View Themselves and Order Their Experience.” Studies in Popular Culture 18.1 (1995) 83-99. 

Rutland, Robert A.  The Newsmongers: Journalism in the Life of the Nation, 1690-1972.  New York: Dial Press, 1973.

Schiller, Dan.  “Objectivity and Professionalism in American News Reporting.”  Journal of Communication 29:4 (Autumn 1979): 46-57.

Schudson, Michael.  Discovering the News: A Social History of American Newspapers.  New York: Basic Books, 1978.

Schudson, Michael.  The Power of News.  Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995.

Schudson, Michael.  “Toward a Troubleshooting Manual for Journalism History.”  Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly 74 (Autumn 1997): 463-476.

Shapiro, Bruce, ed.  Shaking the Foundations: 200 Years of Investigative Journalism in America.  New York: Nation Books, 2003.

Simon, Rita, and Susan H. Alexander. The Ambivalent Welcome: Print Media, Public Opinion, and Immigration. New York: Praeger, 1993.

Simonson, Peter. Refiguring Mass Communication: A History. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2010.

Slauter, Will.  Who Owns the News? A History of Copyright.  Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2019.

Sloan, Wm. David.  Perspectives on Mass Communication History.  Mahwah, NJ: Laurence Erlbaum Assoc., 1991.

Sloan, Wm. David. ed. The Media in America: A History, 10th ed.  Northport, AL: Vision Press, 2017.

Sloan, Wm. David, ed.  Media and Religion in American History.  Northport, AL: Vision Press, 2000.*

Smith, Carol, and Carolyn Stuart Dyer.  “Taking Stock, Placing Orders: A Historiographic Essay on the Business History of Journalism.” Journalism Monographs No. 132 (April 1992).

Stabile, Carol A., ed.  Turning the Century: Essays in Media and Cultural Studies.  Boulder: Westview Press, 2000.

Staiger, Janet, and Sabine Hake, eds. Convergence Media History. New York: Routledge, 2009.

Stamm, Michael.  Dead Tree Media: Manufacturing the Newspaper in Twentieth Century North America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.

Starr, Paul.  The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications.  New York: Basic Books, 2004.

Startt, James D., and Wm. David Sloan.  The Significance of the Media in American History.  Northport, AL: Vision Press, 1994.

Stein, M.L. Blacks in Communications: Journalism, Public Relations, and Advertising. New York: Julian Messner, 1972.

Steiner, Linda, and Clifford Christians.  Key Concepts in Critical Cultural Studies: The History of Communication. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2010.

Stephens, Mitchell.  A History of News.  3 ed.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Stevens, John D. and Hazel Dickin-Garcia.  Communication History.  Beverly Hills: Sage, 1980.

Streitmatter, Rodger.  From Perverts to “Fab Five”: The Media’s Changing Depiction of Gay Men and Lesbians.  New York: Routledge, 2009.

Streitmatter,  Rodger.  A Force for Good: How the American News Media Have Propelled Positive Change.  Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

Streitmatter, Rodger.  Mightier Than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History, 4th ed.  New York: Routledge, 2015.

Tebbel, John.  The Compact History of American Newspapers.  New York: Hawthorne Books, 1969.

Tebbel, John.  The Media in America: How They Have Shaped Our History and Culture.  New York: Crowell, 1974.

Tucher, Andie.  “Why Journalism History Matters: The Gaffe, the Stuff, and the Historical Imagination.”  American Journalism 31:4 (Fall 2014): 432-444.

Tucher, Andie. Not Exactly Lying: Fake News and Fake Journalism in American History. New York: Columbia University Press, 2022.

Underwood, Doug.  From Yahweh to Yahoo: The Religious Roots of the Secular Press.  Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2002.

Vos, Tim P. “Functionalist Explanations in Media Histories: A Historiographical Essay.” American Journalism 35:4 (Fall 2018): 490-503.

Wallace, Aurora.  Newspapers and the Making of Modern America: A History.  Westport: Greenwood, 2005. 

Weston, Mary Ann.  Native Americans in the News: Images of Indians in the Twentieth-Century Press. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1996.

Weisberger, Bernard A.  The American Newspaperman.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961.

Weston, Mary Ann. Native Americans in the News: Images of Indians in the Twentieth-Century Press. New York: Praeger, 1996.

Whitfield, Stephen J. “The Jewish Contribution to American Journalism.” American Journalism 3 (1986): 99–112.

Winseck, Dwayne R., and Robert M. Pike.  Communication and Empire: Media, Markets, and Globalization, 1860-1930.  Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.

Wright, Russell O.  Chronology of Communication in the United States.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2004.

Wu, Tim.  The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires.  New York: Knopf, 2010.

Wurtzler, Steve J. Electric Sounds: Technological Change and the Rise of Corporate Mass Media. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.

Zboray, Ronald J., and Mary Saracino Zboray, eds.  The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, Volume 5: US Popular Print Culture to 1860.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Zelizer, Barbie, ed. Explorations in Communication and History.  New York: Routledge, 2008.

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