Friday, July 23, 2021

Pg. 99: Will Mari's "The American Newsroom"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: The American Newsroom: A History, 1920-1960 by Will Mari.

About the book, from the publisher:
The story of the American newsroom is that of modern American journalism. In this holistic history, Will Mari tells that story from the 1920s through the 1960s, a time of great change and controversy in the field, one in which journalism was produced in “news factories” by news workers with dozens of different roles, and not just once a day, but hourly, using the latest technology and setting the stage for the emergence later in the century of the information economy. During this time, the newsroom was more than a physical place—it symbolically represented all that was good and bad in journalism, from the shift from blue- to white-collar work to the flexing of journalism’s power as a watchdog on government and an advocate for social reform. Told from an empathetic, omnivorous, ground-up point of view, The American Newsroom: A History, 1920–1960 uses memoirs, trade journals, textbooks, and archival material to show how the newsroom expanded our ideas of what journalism could and should be.
Follow Will Mari on Twitter.

The Page 99 Test: The American Newsroom: A History, 1920-1960.

--Marshal Zeringue