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    The American Journalism Handbook: Concepts, Issues, and Skills - 1st Ed.

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    Rodrigo Zamith, Amherst, Massachusetts

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    Publisher: UMass Amherst

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Lisa Whalen, Professor, North Hennepin Community College on 3/23/23

    This book does an excellent job of clearly, concisely, and comprehensively covering all aspects of news reporting. The only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 is that the title indicates it's a journalism text, but it's actually a news reporting... read more

    Table of Contents

    • Acknowledgements
    • Introduction
    • I. Conceptual Foundations
    • II. Media Effects
    • III. Influences on Journalistic Media
    • IV. Journalism Economics
    • V. Journalistic Audiences
    • VI. History of U.S. Journalism
    • VII. Journalism Law and Ethics
    • VIII. Preparing a News Story
    • IX. Sourcing and Verifying Information
    • X. Creating Journalistic Content
    • XI. Future of Journalism

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    About the Book

    This book is designed to help us understand the many changes to U.S. journalism and imagine new futures for it – futures in which it can serve as an even more useful tool for promoting a well-functioning society. But, before we can imagine new futures, we must take a step back and examine the institution of U.S. journalism through a critical and in-depth lens. This book aims to offer just that. It provides a conceptual foundation for understanding the development, logic, and practice of journalism in the United States; describes some of the key challenges, tensions, and opportunities it has faced, is facing, and will likely face; and offers guidance to help individuals develop the skills needed engage in impactful journalism.

    About the Contributors


    Rodrigo Zamith is an Associate Professor in the Journalism Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of journalism and technology, with a focus on the reconfiguration of journalism in a changing media environment and the development of digital research methods for social scientists.

    Zamith’s research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including New Media & Society, the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and Digital Journalism. He has received multiple research awards from AEJMC, ICA, and other organizations. Zamith is a Faculty Associate of UMass’ Computational Social Science Institute and a Faculty Affiliate of its Department of Communication.

    Zamith’s teaching includes both conceptually-oriented and skills-oriented courses, ranging from a broad overview of journalism to data-oriented journalistic practices. He is a former Lilly Teaching Fellow, recipient of UMass’ College Outstanding Teaching Award, and finalist for the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

    Zamith holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. in Mass Communication from Florida International University, and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Minnesota. Outside of work, he likes to exert himself on a tennis court, make odd gestures toward the television while watching Arsenal FC, and find reasons to end up on Stack Overflow.

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