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Today's word on journalism

Monday, October 30, 2006

"Of all the unhappy trends I have witnessed -- conservative swings on television networks, dwindling newspaper circulation, the jailing of reporters and "spin" -- nothing is more troubling to me than the obsequious press during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. They lapped up everything the Pentagon and White House could dish out--no questions asked."

--Helen Thomas, "dean" of the White House press corps, 2006

JCOM professor publishes 'Military and the Press'

August 31, 2006 | The Military and the Press: An Uneasy Truce, a history of press-military relations in America by USU journalism Professor Michael S. Sweeney, has been published by Northwestern University Press.

The book examines the role of the news media in publicizing information during wartime, and offers observations about the evolving nature of press coverage in the age of instant, global communication.

The book, published in August, is part of Northwestern's "Visions of the American Press" series. Other books in the series have examined the black press, the colonial press, and the press and the American first ladies.

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