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Encyclopedia of Journalism

Encyclopedia of Journalism

Six Volume Set

September 2009 | 3 136 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"Written in a clear and accessible style that would suit the needs of journalists and scholars alike, this encyclopedia is highly recommended for large news organizations and all schools of journalism." —Starred Review, Library Journal

Journalism permeates our lives and shapes our thoughts in ways we've long taken for granted. Whether we listen to National Public Radio in the morning, view the lead story on the Today show, read the morning newspaper headlines, stay up-to-the-minute with Internet news, browse grocery store tabloids, receive Time magazine in our mailbox, or watch the nightly news on television, journalism pervades our daily activities. The six-volume Encyclopedia of Journalism covers all significant dimensions of journalism, including print, broadcast, and Internet journalism; U.S. and international perspectives; history; technology; legal issues and court cases; ownership; and economics. The set contains more than 350 signed entries under the direction of leading journalism scholar Christopher H. Sterling of The George Washington University. In the A-to-Z volumes 1 through 4, both scholars and journalists contribute articles that span the field's wide spectrum of topics, from design, editing, advertising, and marketing to libel, censorship, First Amendment rights, and bias to digital manipulation, media hoaxes, political cartoonists, and secrecy and leaks. Also covered are recently emerging media such as podcasting, blogs, and chat rooms. The last two volumes contain a thorough listing of journalism awards and prizes, a lengthy section on journalism freedom around the world, an annotated bibliography, and key documents. The latter, edited by Glenn Lewis of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and York College/CUNY, comprises dozens of primary documents involving codes of ethics, media and the law, and future changes in store for journalism education.

Key Themes

  • Consumers and Audiences
  • Criticism and Education
  • Economics
  • Ethnic and Minority Journalism
  • Issues and Controversies
  • Journalist Organizations
  • Journalists
  • Law and Policy
  • Magazine Types
  • Motion Pictures
  • Networks
  • News Agencies and Services
  • News Categories
  • News Media: U.S.
  • News Media: World
  • Newspaper Types
  • News Program Types
  • Online Journalism
  • Political Communications
  • Processes and Routines of Journalism
  • Radio and Television
  • Technology

Canada, Modern
Bandwagon Journalism
Government, Federal Coverage of
Hong Kong
Science and Technology Journalism
Self Regulation
Media Ownership
Terrorism, Coverage of
Canada, Historical
Supreme Court Journalism
British Broadcasting Corporation

"With around 360 A-Z entries covering trends, issues, concepts, individuals, institutions, media outlets, and events, this is the most ambitious reference work published on the topic to date."

Booklist Online

"....Written in a clear and accessible style that would suit the needs of journalists and scholars alike, this encyclopedia is highly recommended for large news organizations and all schools of journalism."-LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)


"....This long-overdue publication combines well-written entries with essential supporting documents in one set. Its cost, considering its quality and comprehensiveness, is within reason.... This title comes at an opportune time. It offers an overview of past practices, an examination of current conditions, and a glimpse into the future. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates and above. ****"

R. L. Abbott
University of Evansville

"Since the Woodward-Bernstein investigation of the Watergate scandal, journalism-or more broadly, "the media"-has secured a major role in American political and cultural life. The Encyclopedia of Journalism is the most ambitious reference work published on this topic to date.... The scope of the coverage is wide and ranges from industry and economics... to news agencies and online numerous other subjects, such as Comics, Environmental journalism, and Newsweekly magazines.... [T]he volumes offer many fascinating essays and unique articles.... Highly recommended for academic libraries and large public libraries."

Donald Altschiller
Key features
  • Journalism is a broad topic of interest to academics, practitioners, and the public.
  • of interest to academics, practitioners, and the public.
  • The project is a natural complement to our three other media encyclopedias: New Media, Public Relations, and Alternative Media.
  • New Media, Public Relations, and Alternative Media.

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ISBN: 9780761929574

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