The American Journalist in the 21st Century: U.S. News People at the Dawn of a New Millennium

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David Hugh Weaver
L. Erlbaum Associates, 2007 - Social Science - 291 pages
An authoritative and detailed illustration of the state of journalistic practice in the United States today, The American Journalist in the 21st Century sheds light on the demographic and educational backgrounds, working conditions, and professional and ethical values of print, broadcast, and Internet journalists at the beginning of the 21st century. Providing results from telephone surveys of nearly 1,500 U.S. journalists working in a variety of media outlets, this volume updates the findings published in the earlier report, The American Journalist in the 1990s, and reflects the continued evolution of journalistic practice and professionalism.
 
The scope of material included here is extensive and inclusive, representing numerous facets of journalistic practice and professionalism, and featuring separate analyses for women, minority, and online journalists. Many findings are set in context and compared with previous major studies of U.S. journalists conducted in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s.
 
Serving as a detailed snapshot of current journalistic practice, The American Journalist in the 21st Century offers an intriguing and enlightening profile of professional journalists today, and it will be of great interest and value to working journalists, journalism educators, media managers, journalism students, and others seeking insights into the current state of the journalism profession.

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David H. Weaver is the Roy W. Howard Professor in Journalism and Mass Communication Research in the School of Journalism at Indiana University's Bloomington campus, where he has taught since 1974. He has published 11 books on journalists, the agenda-setting function of news media in elections, public opinion polls, and mass communication research methods, as well as numerous book chapters and articles on these subjects and foreign news coverage, mass communication research trends and journalism education. He was the 1987-88 president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and 1986-87 president of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR). He earned his Ph.D. in mass communication research from the University of North Carolina in 1974, after working as an editor and reporter on four daily newspapers in Indiana and North Carolina.Randal Beam is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Washington in Seattle. A former newspaper copy editor and manager, his research focuses on the work environment of journalists and on the ways that business and economic factors influence the news. His research has been published in "Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly," "Journalism Monographs" ("Journalism Professionalism as an Organizational Level Concept") and the "Newspaper Research Journal." He also was a contributor to the "Handbook of Media Management and Economics." He previously held faculty positions at Indiana University and the University of Oregon. He received his master's degree from Syracuse University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Bonnie Brownlee is Associate Professor andAssociate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at Indiana University's School of Journalism. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her teaching, research, and service focus on global media and issues of journalism education in the U.S. and abroad. She has been a consultant for various communication and rural development projects in Central and South America, and has worked for Regional Educational Radio in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. She has published articles in the "Journal of Ecology of Food and Nutrition, Gazette, Journalism Educator," and in the "Latin America and Caribbean Contemporary Record."
Paul S. Voakes has been the Dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado-Boulder since 2003. His Ph.D. is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and before Colorado he served on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Journalism for nine years. His research and teaching specializations are in mass media law and ethics, news writing, reporting and editing, and math/statistics for journalism. Before entering academia he was a journalist for 15 years at three newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area, most recently as an editorial writer for the "San Jose Mercury News." In the summer of 2000 he was a political reporter at the Portland "Oregonian," as an American Society of Newspaper Editors fellow. He is the author of "The Newspaper Journalists of the '90s" (ASNE, 1997) and has published his research in "Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly,"" Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Newspaper Research Journal," "Communication Law & Policy" and"The National Civic Review." He is a co-author of "Working With Numbers and Statistics: A Handbook for Journalists" (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005).
G. Cleveland Wilhoit is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at Indiana University, where he taught from 1967 to 2004. He was director of the Bureau of Media Research, 1967-1976 and 1993-1996, and associate director of the I.U. Institute for Advanced Study, 1988-1993. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees, and a Ph.D. in mass communication research from the University of North Carolina. He is co-author (with David Weaver) of "The American Journalist: A Portrait of U.S. News People and Their Work" (Indiana University Press, 1986), "The American Journalist in the 1990s: U.S. News People at the End of an Era "(Lawrence Erlbaum, 1996), and "Newsroom Guide to Polls and Surveys" (American Newspaper Publishers Association, 1980, and Indiana University Press, 1990). He was editor of the first two volumes of the "Mass Communication Review Yearbook" (Sage Publications, 1980 and 1981) and a winner (with David Weaver) of The Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award for Research About Journalism in 1987 and 1997 for the two American Journalist books.

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