?Richard A. Schwarzlose in Newspapers: A Reference Guide presents a core' of the literature (books and monographs) that either competently summarize major newspaper topics or spotlight significant or interesting aspect of newspapering.' Both substance and availability were criteria for selection. All titles are in English and about American newspapers. Nine bibliographic essays cover topics in the history of the American newspaper from its beginning to the 1980s. The first three chapters are history-oriented in that they deal with the histories of newspapers and the people that worked for them before the twentieth century and in the twentieth century, respectively. The fourth chapter takes as its subject anthologies of newspaper writing, drawing, and paper design. Books about what goes into the production of a newspaper are the subject of Chapter 5, followed by chapters on Newspapers and Society.' Newspapers and the Law, ' and Newspapers and Technology.' The final chapter discusses references and periodicals about newspapers--bibliographies, newspaper checklists and indexes, annuals and directories, and periodicals. Two appendices: Selected Chronology of Newspapers and Major Research Collections. The essays are cogently written and highly informative. Each concludes with a listing of sources providing full bibligraphical information. Index. A fine guide on the subject, recommended for large libraries.?-Reference Book ReviewVom Verlag:
Newspapers provides a historical context for the books discussed in its readable essays and will be invaluable for anyone researching the history or role of newspapers in American life. Booklist Professionals and scholars will find Newspapers: A Reference Guide useful. In it Schwarzlose supplies a thorough list of published works on newspaper topics. Adweek This reference guide provides a broad-based and comprehensive introduction to the literature about and by newspapers, and views them as multi-faceted sociocultural phenomena. Following an introduction that outlines the history of American newspapers from their European antecedents to their forseeable future, the book examines the extensive literature on the history of newspapers in its regional and period dimensions, and biographical material on newspaper personalities, representing all levels and periods of journalists. This carefully constructed sourcebook includes an extensive discussion of the literature on the techniques and theories of producing newspapers, a section on the collections and anthologies of newspapers and their writers, and a thorough examination of the voluminous and rapidly changing literature on some of the critical issues facing newspapers today.
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