In relating the history of journalism, The News Media takes a different approach than other textbooks. It is based on the belief that the best way to understand history is to read the records that people left who participated in that history. Each chapter provides enough narrative and explanation to give students an overview of the era the chapter covers, but the bulk of the book is made up of such things as news articles, editorials, commentaries, and biographies that journalists themselves wrote. From those documents, you will get a real feel for what journalism was like in the past.
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