On the faculty bookshelf

Many Comm Studies faculty members have contributed to or published books. Some of the entries on our faculty bookshelf include…

Journalism at the End of the American Century, 1965-Present

Professor James McPherson (Praeger, 2006)

McPherson captures the best and worst aspects of American journalism since 1965. The press has evolved into a conglomeration of entities, that today can be described as pervasive, entertaining, and justifiably mistrusted. In some ways, today’s press offers the best journalism Americans have ever seen. In other ways, the modern news media fall short of the ideals held by most of those who care about journalism, and far short of the promise they once seemed to offer in terms of helping create an enlightened democracy. Neither a paean to the press nor an exercise in media bashing, this book finds much to criticize and to praise about recent American journalism, while illustrating that traditional journalistic values have diminished in importance ― not just for many of those who control the media, but also for the media consumers who most need good journalism.

Journalism Across Boundaries

The Promises And Challenges Of Transnational And Transborder Journalism

Associate Professor Kevin Grieves (Palgrave McMillan, 2012)

Journalistic activity crosses national borders in creative and sometimes unexpected ways. Drawing on many interviews and newsroom observation, this book addresses an overlooked but important aspect of international journalism by examining how journalists carry out their daily work at the transnational and regional transborder level.


Students Right to Speak

Assistant Professor Erica Salkin (McFarland, 2016)

In 1969, Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas called free speech in public schools a “hazardous freedom,” but one well worth the risk. A half-century later, with technology enabling students to communicate in ways only dreamed about in Fortas’ time, that freedom seems more hazardous than ever. Yet still worth the risk, given equal respect for students’ First Amendment rights and for the requirements of an orderly educational institution. This book provides educators, administrators, school board members and parents a starting point in creating student speech policies that encourage the responsible exercise of constitutional freedoms, while respecting the learning environment. The author discusses the history, sociology, law and philosophy surrounding student speech, demonstrating that free speech and effective teaching and administration in public schools are not mutually exclusive.

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