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TITLE: American Journalism
SPEAKER: W. Joseph Campbell
EVENT DATE: 2006/10/04
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 32 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
W. Joseph Campbell, a specialist in journalism history, discussed his new book, "The Year That Defined American Journalism: 1897 and the Clash of Paradigms" as part of the Center for the Book's Books & Beyond author series. The program was cosponsored by the Library's Serial and Government Publications Division.
According to the author, 1897 was so decisive because "journalists then were wrestling desperately with the character and future of the profession, much as they are today. The ethical standards that are now commonly accepted were in flux. It was an uncertain yet invigorating time, a time when fresh approaches to newsgathering were developed, a time when the contours of modern journalism were defined."
Speaker Biography: W. Joseph Campbell is an associate professor in the School of Communication at American University. Previously he had spent more than 20 years as a newspaper and wire service reporter, a career that took him on assignments across North America and to Europe, Asia and West Africa.
SERIES: Books & Beyond