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Yellow Journalism: Puncturing the Myths, Defining the Legacies

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"Scholars who have followed Joseph Campbell's convention papers will find much that is familiar in Yellow Journalism. That earlier work, completed over five years, is integrated into this difinitive treatment. His research is comprehensive, his assessment keen. Campbell pricks flawed generalizations that have misrepresented the Yellow Press since historians first identified it as a distinctive period in U.S. media history. Because of Campbell's work, almost everyone who has written about the period, including me, will need to revise what's been said before. This work is that significant."-American Journalism

..."every journalism historian should at least read chapter three of the book, which is a compelling and definitive treatment of the Hearst-Remington telegram."-Journalism History

..."this book is an excellent companion to recent books about the press at the turn of the century....Highly recommended for journalism history collections serving both undergraduates and advanced scholars."-Choice

"Combining content analysis with archival research, this study...challenges several popular misconceptions about this era of American journalism, particularly the charge that yellow press coverage propelled the United States into the Spanish-American War."-Harvard Journal of Press/Politics

"[c]hallenges several popular misconceptions about this era of American journalism, particulary the charge that yellow press coverage propelled the United States into the Spanish-American war. Moreover, the author argues that yellow journalism had a more lasting impact on the American press than is commonly realized, as seen in a variety of innovative news practices and layout elements that have been passed along largely intact to this day."-Harvard Journal of Press/Politics

"Ýc¨hallenges several popular misconceptions about this era of American journalism, particulary the charge that yellow press coverage propelled the United States into the Spanish-American war. Moreover, the author argues that yellow journalism had a more lasting impact on the American press than is commonly realized, as seen in a variety of innovative news practices and layout elements that have been passed along largely intact to this day."-Harvard Journal of Press/Politics

?...every journalism historian should at least read chapter three of the book, which is a compelling and definitive treatment of the Hearst-Remington telegram.?-Journalism History

?...this book is an excellent companion to recent books about the press at the turn of the century....Highly recommended for journalism history collections serving both undergraduates and advanced scholars.?-Choice

?Combining content analysis with archival research, this study...challenges several popular misconceptions about this era of American journalism, particularly the charge that yellow press coverage propelled the United States into the Spanish-American War.?-Harvard Journal of Press/Politics

?[c]hallenges several popular misconceptions about this era of American journalism, particulary the charge that yellow press coverage propelled the United States into the Spanish-American war. Moreover, the author argues that yellow journalism had a more lasting impact on the American press than is commonly realized, as seen in a variety of innovative news practices and layout elements that have been passed along largely intact to this day.?-Harvard Journal of Press/Politics

?Scholars who have followed Joseph Campbell's convention papers will find much that is familiar in Yellow Journalism. That earlier work, completed over five years, is integrated into this difinitive treatment. His research is comprehensive, his assessment keen. Campbell pricks flawed generalizations that have misrepresented the Yellow Press since historians first identified it as a distinctive period in U.S. media history. Because of Campbell's work, almost everyone who has written about the period, including me, will need to revise what's been said before. This work is that significant.?-American Journalism

.,."every journalism historian should at least read chapter three of the book, which is a compelling and definitive treatment of the Hearst-Remington telegram."-Journalism History

.,."this book is an excellent companion to recent books about the press at the turn of the century....Highly recommended for journalism history collections serving both undergraduates and advanced scholars."-Choice

"Yellow Journalism, Puncturing the Myths, Defining the Legacies is an extensively researched, well-written, and myth-shattering study of the phenomenon of yellow journalism. W. Joseph Campbell uses a careful reading of the newspapers and periodicals of the era to create the best picture to date of the yellow journalism era. He corrects errors in interpretation and establishes a clearer, more accurate picture of the time period and the phenomenon. This is a must read' for all interested in this topic."-Dr. Margaret Blanchard William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

W. JOSEPH CAMPBELL an award-winning reporter during his 20-year career in journalism, is Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at American University. He is the author of The Emergent Independent Press in Benin and Cote d'Ivoire: From Voice of the State to Advocate of Democracy (Praeger, 1998).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (March 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275981134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275981136
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yellow Journalism is a must-read for Hearst scholars. Such scholarship is often difficult. Swanberg created a masterpiece with Citizen Hearst, but even that was based off some misleading sources. ... and that is the primary source most scholars use. Campbell gives a detailed explanation of how the famous "You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war" quote is almost certainly fictional. And that's just for starters.
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The people who would most likely purchase this book should heed caution for a few reasons.

To the scholar/student/historian looking to write a paper about the yellow press, Spanish-American war, or effects of the media on the public during times of war:

First of all, the book is so topic-specific that it serves very little purpose other than to describe the circumstances of the yellow press during the Spanish-American war. Not only does it go into great depths to explain (in hundreds of pages) what happened over the course of 3 months, but it works to disproves conventional wisdom. Considering this is one of the only resources out there that disagrees with the notion that the media caused the public to rally for war against Spain, writing a paper agreeing with this book means that the scholar will have few other sources to back their claim.

To any reader:

The language of this book is so verbose that it loses the reader's attention. Maintaining focus on the message becomes difficult when in every sentence the reader must recall vocabulary words not studied since prepping for the SATs. Sometimes the author seems to be writing purely for the sake of deperately trying to prove his intelligence instead of wanting the reader to understand his points. Indeed, his points are so muddled in bombast that comprehending main themes is virtually impossible. The author would do best remembering that persuading the audience is done correctly by validity of ideas, not by how well they are packaged.

I can think of no reason this book would be of use to anyone-- too few sources exist that support the premise of this book for scholars to use it as research, and anyone else who would use this book to learn more about the conditions of the late 1800's should turn to other books that are more reader-friendly.
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Format: Hardcover
this book gave a really good perspective on yellow journalism. the book also gave very good and detailed information. i reccomend this book to anyone doing any sort of research on yellow journalism
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