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Frank Capra and the Image of the Journalist in American Film Paperback – May, 2002

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ISBN-13: 978-0971401815 ISBN-10: 0971401810 Edition: First Edition

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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Norman Lear Center Usc; First Edition edition (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971401810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971401815
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,579,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Saltzman, the director of the Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture (IJPC) and the author of Frank Capra and the Image of the Journalist in American Film, is an award-winning journalist and professor of journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California.

He received his B.A. in journalism from the University of Southern California and his M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. After working for several years as a newspaper reporter and editor, Saltzman joined CBS television in Los Angeles in 1964 and for the next ten years produced documentaries, news magazine shows, and daily news shows, winning more than fifty awards, including the Columbia University-duPont broadcast journalism award (the broadcasting equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize), four Emmys, four Golden Mikes, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, a Silver Gavel, and one of the first NAACP Image Awards.

He was among the first broadcast documentarians to produce, write, and report on important social issues, including Black on Black, a ninety-minute program with no written narration on what it is like to be black in urban American 1967; The Junior High School, a two-hour program on education in America in 1971; Rape, a 30-minute 1972 program on the crime,which resulted in changes in California law; and Why Me? a one-hour program on breast cancer in 1974 that resulted in thousands of lives being saved and advocated changes in the treatment of breast cancer in America. DVDs of the Saltzman documentaries are now available.

In 1974, Saltzman created the broadcasting sequence in the USC School of Journalism. During his tenure at USC, Saltzman, who has won three teaching awards, was associate dean of USC Annenberg for five years, and has remained an active journalist who has produced medical documentaries, functioned as a senior producer for Feeling Fine Productions and as a senior investigative producer for Entertainment Tonight, and wrote articles, reviews, columns, and opinion pieces for numerous magazines and newspapers.

He has been researching the image of the journalist in popular culture for twenty years and is considered an expert in the field. His IJPC database and this web site are considered the world-wide resources on the subject. Saltzman is co-founding editor of the peer-review The IJPC Journal and creator of the IJPC Web Site and the IJPC Database.

Saltzman, who was awarded the 2005 Journalism Alumni Award from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the Alumni Association's highest alumni honor, was named the 2010 national Journalism & Mass Communication Teacher of the Year by the Scripps Howard Foundation. The Scripps Howard Foundation's National Journalism Awards are considered among the most prestigious awards in American journalism. He received a $10,000 cash prize and The Charles E. Scripps Award at the keynote session during the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication convention in St. Louis in August 2010. He also was recognized at the Scripps Howard Foundation's National Journalism Awards dinner in Cincinnati in May. 2010.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Journalism & Mass Communications Quarterly Review highlights:
"One of the many strengths of this book is Saltzman's writing style. Like good journalism, the writing here is straightforward and clear. The result is a book that is accessible to both students and others interested in film, Capra, the image of the journalist in popular culture, or any combination of the three.
"Academics will find it a valuable resource, especially if teaching a course that examines the image of the journalist, a Capra course, or even a film genres course. In the latter case, the book offers professors an ideal opportunity to supplement genre-based texts in an unexpected way. What Saltzman cleverly does here is show how the journalist, like the gangster or hard-boiled detective...navigates his way through the urban milieu and represents another version of a 'cultural middle man.' Further he elevates the "journalist genre" to the ranks of other, more recognized genres like the gangster or detective, replete with its own codes, conventions, characters, and cliches, and clearly explains how Capra and his collaborators solidified and refined them...."
"Lastly, do not overlook Saltzman's endnotes, which include interesting production notes, additional analysis, comments on and evaluation of his resources, and other useful information. In short, the book could supplement a variety of courses and is an important resource."
"The first book of the IJPC project, Frank Capra and the Image of the Journalist in American Film, sets a precedent of excellence in scholarship, writing, and readability, serving academics, students, and film aficionados alike. Its attractive design, including full-page stills, will hopefully be retained for future entries in the series...."
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe Saltzman on September 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Frank Capra and the Image of the Journalist in American Film" is the first publication of The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture (IJPC), a project of the Norman Lear Center, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California. For more information, please see our Web site [web page] Publisher: Norman Lear Center, USC Annenberg, 218 pages including 25 photographs.
Critical acclaim for "Frank Capra and the Image of the Journalist in American Film":
"A dandy new book that recalls an area of his moviemaking not often cited." - Howard Rosenberg, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Critic, Los Angeles Times.
"Here is real scholarship and original research presented in a wonderfully readable style. Joe Saltzman's book will be consulted for many years to come by film buffs and media scholars alike. I was hooked from the very first page." -- Leonard Maltin, Film Critic-Historian, "Entertainment Tonight."
"(This book)is indispensable to any student of the American journalist, the mythical as well as the real one." -- Loren Ghiglione, Dean, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.
"Saltzman shows that we could reconstruct most of American journalism, at least as it existed in the middle decades of the twentieth century, through Capra's work. Saltzman convincingly demonstrates that the journalist in his films is the link between the private and public spaces of life - and that negotiating that gap between the heart and the mind, our souls and our jobs, the personal and the professional realms, is the challenge of journalism." -- Ray Carney, Professor of Film and American Studies and Director of the Film Studies Program, Boston University. General Editor: The Cambridge Film Classics Author, "The Films of Frank Capra.
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This is an fine addition to any collection of works on Capra's films, including his own autobiography. Much of it is devoted to reproducing the appropriate examples of dialogue from Capra's films.
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