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Journalism

This is a research guide for Journalism, Television News, Women in Journalism, War Journalism, Fake news and Alternative Media.

Course description

The history of broadcast and electronic journalism in the United States, from telegraphy to the internet, focusing on the development of and changes to its fundamental relation to the public sphere. We will pursue a contextualized historical understanding of the formats, aesthetics, economics, and industrial organization of these media, in addition to case studies of specific debates, events, and individuals that have conditioned the impact of these media on society. We will invite speakers who have worked in these media industries and/or these histories. Students will be expected to create a digital video project and to write analytical papers, including a research paper.

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In the Library's collection

While the majority of books on journalism are in the PN 4699 to PN 5650 range (Baker Stack Level 4), Television broadcasting of the news has the specific call number, PN 4784 .T4. Other works can also be found under PN 4888 .T4 or HE 8700.

Also, look at books that cover television news of specific people or events. These are shelved with the event or person rather than Television news.

Use the catalog to make sure you find everything relevant to your topic.

Radio journalism is similar to Television broadcasting of the news in that both are scattered throughout the PN's.

Useful subject headings for the online catalog include:

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book titles

Documentaries on the news

Serious looks at television news broadcasts and news gathering.

The News in Context

Whenever you look at a topic historically, you need to know something about the time period. What is a quick way to find information? We have many subject encyclopedias that look at specific time periods in American history. The title below, American Decades, looks at each decade in the 20th century. You can use these types of encyclopedias to ground yourself in the happenings of a specific decade. Click here for more possible resources.

Newspapers & Indexes as search tools

Newspapers are a good source for analysis of news programs. Several newspapers have a critic dedication to Television. If you know the critic's name, you can search for their columns. You can also look for "television news programs" and "analysis" to see what you get. If you get a long list, you can use other relavant terms to narrow that search.

The article indexes are good sources for relevant, scholarly works on television news.

The news in popular culture

Search the online catalog to find more videos.

Internet resource(s)

These are selected resources available through the Web.