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Politics and the American Press

Politics and the American Press
The Rise of Objectivity, 1865–1920


  • Date Published: February 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521006026

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  • Politics and the American Press takes a fresh look at the origins of modern journalism's ideals and political practices. In particular, Richard Kaplan addresses the professional ethic of political independence and objectivity widely adopted by the US press. He shows how this philosophy emerged from a strikingly different ethic of avid formal partisanship in the early twentieth century. The book also provides fresh insights into the economics of journalism and uses business papers and personal letters of publishers to explore the influence of competition, advertising, and an explosion in readership on the market strategies of the press. Kaplan documents the changes in political content of the press by a systematic content analysis of newspaper news and editorials over a span of 55 years. The book concludes by exploring the question of what should be the appropriate political role and professional ethics of journalists in a modern democracy.

    • Presents a major reinterpretation of the origins and consequences of the American press's occupational ethic of independence and objectivity
    • Provides fresh insight into the economics of journalism
    • Documents the changes in political content of the press by a systematic content analysis of newspaper news and editorials
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521006026
    • length: 234 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Partisan news in the early reconstruction era: African-Americans in the vortex of political publicity
    2. Economic engines of partisanship
    3. Rituals of partisanship: American journalism in the gilded age
    4. The two revolutions in urban newspaper economics, 1873 and 1888
    5. 1896 and the political revolution in Detroit journalism
    Methodological appendix.

  • Author

    Richard L. Kaplan, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Richard Kaplan is Lecturer in the Sociology Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work on media history has received the Catherine Covert Prize for best published article in Mass Communications History (1996). He has published in Journalism History; Media, Culture, and Society; and American Journalism.

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