August 9, 2012 Author to Discuss History of American Journalism, Sept. 19

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Christopher B. Daly, author of “Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation’s Journalism,” will discuss the development of journalism in America from the early 1700s to the digital revolution of today.

The lecture will be held at the Library of Congress at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Dining Room A on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. A book signing will follow the event, which is co-sponsored by the Library’s Serial and Government Publications Division and the Prints and Photographs Division. The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are needed.

In his lecture, Daly will place the current journalism crisis within a broader historical context, showing how it is only the latest in a series of transitions that have required journalists to devise new ways of plying their trade.

Daly, an associate professor in the Department of Journalism at Boston University, spent 10 years with the Associated Press and eight years covering New England for the Washington Post.

Daly holds a master’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina, where he was a co-author of the prize-winning 1987 book “Like a Family,” a social history of the South’s industrialization. His writing has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Columbia Journalism Review, Parents, New England Monthly and other magazines.

The Serial and Government Publications Division maintains one of the most extensive newspaper collections in the world. Exceptionally strong in U.S. newspapers, holding more than 9,000 titles published in the last three centuries, the division also holds a large collection of overseas newspapers, current periodicals, comic books and government publications. Additionally, the division supports Chronicling America, a site produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program, For more information about the division, visit

The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division includes approximately 14.4 million photographs, drawings and prints from the 15th century to the present day, including about four million documentary and formative architectural, design and engineering items. The visual collections represent a uniquely rich array of human experience, knowledge, creativity and achievement, touching on almost every realm of endeavor: science, art, invention, government and political struggle, and the recording of history. For more information, visit


PR 12-145
ISSN 0731-3527