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Newsworkers

Toward a History of the Rank and File

1995

Hanno Hardt and Bonnie Brennen, editors

Newsworkers

The first examination of the role of the laborer in media history.

Focusing on the period from the 1850s through the 1930s, the contributors show how issues of labor and class have been far more important in the formation of media institutions than previous accounts concede. These essays recover the history of ethnic and cultural diversity-including the contributions of women-that have enriched the process of communication.

Contributors: Jon Bekken; Elizabeth (Elli) Lester, U of Georgia; Marianne Salcetti, John Carroll U; William S. Solomon, Rutgers U; David R. Spencer, U of Western Ontario; Barbie Zelizer, Temple U.

“Their works are rich, detailed, and creative as they explore the promise and potential of newsworkers' histories.” American Journalism

What most of us know about media history begins and ends with Citizen Kane. The exploits of media moguls and visionary business leaders-these are the tales that fill media histories in the United States. What’s missing is a crucial part of the picture: the rank and file of journalism, and the conditions under which they produced and participated in the business of journalism. Newsworkers supplies this side of the story.

Focusing on the period from the 1850s through the 1930s, the contributors show how issues of labor and class have been far more important in the formation of media institutions than previous accounts concede. These essays recover the history of ethnic and cultural diversity-including the contributions of women-that have enriched the process of communication.

Contributors: Jon Bekken; Elizabeth (Elli) Lester, U of Georgia; Marianne Salcetti, John Carroll U; William S. Solomon, Rutgers U; David R. Spencer, U of Western Ontario; Barbie Zelizer, Temple U.

Hanno Hardt is John F. Murray Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. Bonnie Brennen is assistant professor of communication at SUNY, Geneseo.

Newsworkers

Hanno Hardt is John F. Murray Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. Bonnie Brennen is assistant professor of communication at SUNY, Geneseo.

Newsworkers

“Their works are rich, detailed, and creative as they explore the promise and potential of newsworkers' histories.” American Journalism

“Newsworkers is an extremely useful and well put together collection.” The Journal of American History