Invigorate your media history courses with great teaching ideas and exercises from American Journalism. Click the link below to find free online access to and teaching materials for Tim Vos’s innovative article on the importance of sociological theory in explaining the origins of the US advertising agency.
“Explaining the Origins of the Advertising Agency” by Tim P. Vos
Volume 30, Issue 4, 2013
Why Journalism History Matters
Our Essay Series
Across the past few years, American Journalism has published a series of essays united by the theme “Why Journalism History Matters.” In these essays, respected scholars in our field have encouraged our community to consider how journalism and media history matter not only to the wider field of history but also to communication, journalism studies, sociology, and various other fields. Why should our work matter to others? What might we see, or see differently, when we engage in cross-disciplinary dialogue? How can theoretical perspectives from disciplines beyond mass communication illuminate our historical studies in fresh and productive ways?
We invite you to read, re-read, think about, and teach these essays. And we hope the conversation will continue beyond the journal’s pages.
John Nerone, “Does Journalism History Matter?”
American Journalism 28, no. 4 (Fall 2011): 7-27
Special Section: Theorizing Journalism in Time
American Journalism 30, no. 1 (Winter 2013): 3-43
Kathy Roberts Forde, “Introduction,” 3
Rodney Benson, “On the Explanatory and Political Uses of Journalism History,” 4-14
John Nerone, “Why Journalism History Matters to Journalism Studies,” 15-28
Michael Schudson, “Fourteen or Fifteen Generations: News as a Cultural Form and Journalism as a Historical Formation,” 29-3
Tim P. Vos “Historical Mechanisms and Journalistic Change,” 36-43
Amber Roessner, Rick Popp, Brian Creech, & Fred Blevens, “‘A Measure of Theory?’:
Considering the Role of Theory in Media History”
American Journalism 30, no. 2 (Spring 2013): 260-278
Giovanna Dell’Orto, “Go Big or Stay Home: Why Journalism Historians Matter to
Understanding International Affairs”
American Journalism 30, no. 3 (Summer 2013): 301-307
Victoria Smith Ekstrand, “The Presentist Media Landscape and the Practice of Doing History”
American Journalism 30, no. 4 (Fall 2013): 441-449