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The Scripps Newspapers Go to War, 1914-18 : History of Communication - Dale Zacher

The Scripps Newspapers Go to War, 1914-18

History of Communication

Hardcover Published: 26th June 2008
ISBN: 9780252031588
Number Of Pages: 304

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A telling look at the inner workings of one of the nation's most dominant news outlets during wartime

In an age before radio and television, E. W. Scripps's ownership of twenty-one newspapers, a major news wire service, and a prominent news syndication service represented the first truly national media organization in the United States. In "The Scripps Newspapers Go to War, 1914-18, " Dale Zacher details the scope, organization, and character of the mighty Scripps empire during World War I to reveal how the pressures of the market, government censorship, propaganda, and progressivism transformed news coverage during wartime.

This volume presents the first systematic look at the daily operations of any major newspaper operation during World War I and provides fascinating accounts of how the papers struggled with competition, their patriotic duties, and internal editorial dissent. The book also engages questions about American neutrality and the newspapers' relationship with President Woodrow Wilson, the move to join the war, and the fallout from the disillusionment of actually experiencing war. Ultimately, Zacher shows how the progressive spirit and political independence at the Scripps newspapers came under attack and was forever changed by this crucial period in American history.

"A volume in the series The History of Communication, edited by Robert W. McChesney and John C. Nerone"

Industry Reviews

"Zacher has dug deep into the Scripps archives to tell [a story] about the tensions surrounding the coverage of war-or of any national crisis-and how they can affect the ideals to which journalists cling."--Journalism History "This study is valuable not only for expanding what we know of the Scripps empire, but also for what is perhaps the first case study of how a large news media organization adapted to the challenges of World War I."--American Journalism "Provides new insights into the chain's decision making in wartime."--Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly "Straightforward, rich in detail, and free of scholarly abstruseness and jargon. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice "There are few more combistible combinations than a father, a son, and a newspaper chain. . . . The story is told effectively ... and is an excellent addition to the flourishing Illinois 'History of Communications' series."--Columbia Journalism Review

"Zacher's account ... is detailed and often absorbing. Based on scrupulous research in the Scripps organization's archives, he leaves few stones unturned."--American Historical Review

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Concern: June 27, 1914p. 13
Seeds Get Planted: June 1914 to May 1915p. 32
Harsh Realities: May to November 1915p. 58
"Genuine Enthusiastic Support": November 1915 to November 1916p. 81
Democracy versus Autocracy: December 1916 to July 1917p. 106
"To Advocate a Policy and to Yourself Meet Its Requirements": July to December 1917p. 137
Reconsidering an "Ostrich Type of Patriotism": 1918p. 172
Conclusion: "Harder ... to Be of Public Service"p. 211
Notesp. 225
Bibliographyp. 279
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9780252031588
ISBN-10: 025203158X
Series: History of Communication
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 26th June 2008
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.55