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Название: Encyclopedia of American Journalism
Автор: Vaughn S.L.
Containing more than 400 entries ranging in length from 500 to 5,000 words, this encyclopedia covers a wide range of topics: media associations and organizations, journalist biographies, laws and legislation, technological innovations, journalism history, and more. Arranged alphabetically, each entry includes a helpful bibliography. The diverse range of topics (Boxing journalism, Chinese American press, Obituaries, Weekly Reader, to name a few) makes it a particularly useful reference source. The work omits or provides little coverage on some important topics, for example, biographies of the prolific media critic Howard Kurtz and muckraking journalist I. F. Stone; the history of journalism education; and media watchdog organizations. There are only a few entries on the burgeoning Hispanic media, which serves the largest minority group in America. Since the huge topic of American journalism has been compressed into a single volume instead of a multivolume work, it is inevitable that many topics might be omitted. A few entries are marred by a lack of balance. In terms of book design, the work would have been enhanced with illustrations or black-and-white photographs. Despite these problems, this volume serves as a good reference source for both large public and academic libraries.