Newsworkers: Toward a History of the Rank and File
The traditional construction of media history has relied on notions of democracy, progress, and community leadership to produce the image of an institution that has secured the place of journalism in the annals of the United States. Current attempts to modernize the representation of media history through widely used textbooks repeat traditional views of what constitutes a history of the press; they present ideologically predisposed accounts that fail to consider issues of work and class. The result has been a history of institutional power without any consideration of the rank of file and their contribution to the social and political empowerment of contemporary media industries.
University of Minnesota Press
Communication | Journalism Studies