What’s New at the Journal

Vol 30 Issue 4Fall 2016 Issue

The current issue features research by Einav Rabinovitch-Fox examining how women’s new social and political status during the 1920s was constructed in car advertisements that appeared in Vogue magazine. David Wallace explores the editorial response of Southern newspapers to coverage of the civil rights struggle in the United States. Helen Fordham writes about how the press critic George Seldes helped sustain investigative journalism in the 1930s and 1940s by researching ways that special interests sought to influence the press. Steven Holiday and Dale Cressman examine the relationship of photographer Robert Capa and editor Elmer Lower that produced indelible photographs of World War II.

Teaching Our Journal

With each issue of American Journalism, we feature teaching materials for a particular article and provide free online access to the article (through Taylor & Francis, the publisher of American Journalism).

The teaching materials provide topical overviews and various exercises for teaching the article in either undergraduate or graduate classes. The author of the article creates the teaching exercises and provides links to relevant primary and secondary sources.

We hope these teaching materials and the historical studies they reference will enrich your media history courses and, most importantly, your students’ learning. And we hope you will let us know how you use American Journalism in your classrooms.

Using Allegations of Media Bias During the Civil Rights Movement to Better Understand Those Found Today

Volume 33, No. 4

By David Wallace, University of South Carolina Upstate

This article explored allegations in southern editorials against the outside press during the civil rights movement in the United States, providing a more thorough understanding of the environment in which journalists worked and the threats they faced. In the exercises below, students are asked to not only further examine the arguments made in the article, but to also address more contemporary charges against the press and the potential ideological factors behind them. Furthermore, the exercises incorporate the importance of the African-American press in the struggle over public opinion and ideas during the movement.

The exercises are meant to develop archival research skills as well as the critical consumption and analysis of media products from any time period. The article relied heavily on primary sources and a detailed analysis of editorials saved on microfilm through the Facts on Film collection. If available, Facts on Film will be a valuable resource for students completing the exercises below and help demonstrate the importance of non-digitized collections. However, Facts on Film is not required, and many of the exercises can be assigned using the digitized archives now available through ProQuest and other databases accessible through your university library.

The assignment instructions can be fine tuned to better fit the objectives and time constraints of a class. In most cases, set guidelines for answer lengths or the number of articles to be analyzed have not been provided. Also, the specific newspapers on which students should focus can be determined by those available through your individual library. Read more.