Readings for JOUR 479W

History as Context for Emerging Media in Journalism

Winter Term, 2012

Ira Chinoy

Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland

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NOTE: Some of these readings are openly available on the Web, and some require a username and password for access to the archives for class (which will be provided by your instructor). Additional readings may be added to this list at during the semester. All writing assignments are described in the online syllabus.


REMINDER: The citations below appear in the Chicago Manual of Style format for bibliographies (with the exception of boldface type of titles and the underlining of links). A different format is used for footnotes. A Chicago Manual “Quick Guide” can be found here -- -- with the most common formats for footnotes and bibliographies. You will be required to include citations (footnotes, endnotes, or parenthetical citations) a part of your “Decades” and “Essay” assignments. Students who wish to use a style manual for these other than Chicago (such as MLA) must get advance permission from the instructor.

For writing assignments on specific readings, list the work as it appears below, and give page numbers in parentheses, if relevant.


FOR SESSION 2 (Wednesday, January 4):


Grossman, Lev. “Person of the Year 2010: Mark Zuckerberg.Time, December 15, 2010. Accessed December 31, 2010.,28804,2036683_2037183,00.html


C.W. Anderson on typologies of news and news organizations, 2006 and 2009:

Ingram, Mathew. “Is What WikiLeaks Does Good Journalism? Good Question”, Dec. 24, 2010. Accessed Dec. 31, 2011.

Doctor, Ken. Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape the News You Get. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2010.  Read: The table of contents. Link at


Lavrusik, Vadim. “10 Predictions for the News Media in 2011.”, December 20, 2010. Accessed January 1, 2011.

Nieman Journalism Lab: Predictions for  Journalism 2012 :  The 22 articles in the series can be found here: The following six are assigned:

FOR SESSION 3 (Thursday, January 5):


Brown, Richard D. Knowledge is Power: The Diffusion of Information in Early America, 1700-1865. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Daly, Chris. “Periods in American Journalism” [chart], from: “The Historiography of Journalism History, Part 2: ‘Toward a New Theory,’ ” American Journalism 26, no. 1 (Winter 2009): 148-155.

Dooley, Patricia L. The Technology of Journalism: Cultural Agents, Cultural Icons. Evanston, Ill: Northwestern University Press, 2007.



FOR SESSION 4 (Monday, January 9):


Readings about the Newseum and the planned “new media gallery.”


Dart, Bob. “Stop the presses, there's a fresh edition of the Newseum.” JS Online (Journal-Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin), April 6, 2008. Accessed January 2, 2011.


“2-Hour Highlights Tour.” Newseum. Accessed January 1, 2011.


Silen, Andrea. “HP Gives Newseum $5 Million to Sponsor 'HP New Media Gallery'.” Newseum, September 30, 2010. Accessed January 1, 2011.,


“Newseum Announces $5 Million Gift from Newest Founding Partner, HP.” PR Newswire, October 1, 2010. Accessed January 1, 2011.


FOR SESSION 5 (Tuesday, January 10):


Garvey, Ellen Gruber. “Scissorizing and Scrapbooks: Nineteenth-Century Reading, Remaking, and Recirculating.” In New Media, 1740-1915, edited by Lisa Gitelman and Geoffrey B. Pingree, 207-227. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2003

Shapiro, Michael. “Speed Demons: Typewriters may have more in common with Twitter than you think.” Smithsonian, March 2011, pp. 10-12.

FOR SESSION 6 (Wednesday, January 11):


Fischer, Claude S. America Calling:  A Social History of the Telephone to 1940. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992. Read: Preface and Chapter 1, “Technology and Modern Life.”


Marvin, Carolyn. When Old Technologies Were New:  Thinking About Electric Communication in the Late Nineteenth Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988. Read: Chapter 5, “Annihilating Space, Time, and Difference: Experiments in Cultural Homogenization,” and Epilogue, pp. 191-235.


FOR SESSION 7 (Thursday, January 12):


Jackaway, Gwenyth. “America's Press-Radio War of the 1930s: A Case Study in Battles Between Old and New Media.” Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, 14, 3 (August 1994): 299-314.


Boczkowski, Pablo J. Digitizing the News:  Innovation in Online Newspapers. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2004. Read: Chapter 1, “Emerging Media” (pp. 1-17).


Explore the Web site of the Library of American Broadcasting:



FOR SESSION 8 (Tuesday, January 17):


Fischer, David Hackett. Historians’ Fallacies: Toward a Logic of Historical Thought. New York:  HarperPerennial, 1970. Read: Introduction; Chapter 9, “Fallacies of False Analogy”; and Conclusion (pp. xv-xxii, 243-259, 307-318).


FOR SESSION 9 (Wednesday, January 18): No assigned readings.


FOR SESSION 10 (Thursday, January 19): 

Fitzgerald, Faith T.   “On Being A Doctor: Curiosity,” Annals of Internal Medicine 130, 1 (Jan. 5, 1999): 70-72.

FOR SESSION 11 (Monday, January 23): No assigned readings


Chronology from A History of News, 3rd. ed., by Mitchell Stephens (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007). [access requires class logon]