Review by Choice Review
The Media Studies Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars commissioned papers to describe and analyze major news industry trends in TV, newspapers, wire services, and newsmagazines; subsequently experts critiqued the papers. The Center used these papers and commentaries as the basis for a 1989 conference, ^D["The Future of News,^D]" objectively to assess implications of changes. This volume provides some of the original papers, commentaries, and additional essays stimulated by the conference. Although the opening paper on TV fails to define a clear purpose and the following commentaries have little to do with the paper, R. Richter's commentary on documentaries is interesting and well written. In another paper, R. Entman provides content analysis of Super Tuesday as covered by 13 TV stations. L. Bogart and W. Blankenbury speculate that newspapers of the future will be ^D["unbundled^D]" (sold in sections), and R. Harwood predicts that within 30 years women will constitute a majority in the newsroom. J. Folkerts analyzes major midwestern newspapers, and J. Devitt examines The New York Times as a daily and newsweekly. R. Schwarzlose's paper about AP and UPI, commentaries by W. Mears of AP and K. Willenson of UPI, and N. Kingsley's commentary about supplemental news services provide consistently good analyses. C. Smith's ^D["How News Media Cover Disasters: The Case of Yellowstone^D]" interestingly assesses that the media poorly served the news-consuming public. A useful, if uneven, collection for undergraduates.
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