Journalism History
Episode 73: The Power of Political Cartoons

Episode 73: The Power of Political Cartoons

March 1, 2021

The 1884 presidential election may be forgotten today, but its divisiveness provided ample material for political cartoonists. Guests Harlen Makemson and Flora Khoo discuss the influence of political cartoons in this era. Show transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast/

Episode 72: The Black Press & the Fight for Racial Justice

Episode 72: The Black Press & the Fight for Racial Justice

February 15, 2021

Author Fred Carroll describes the evolution of African American newspapers after the commercial and alternative Black press began to cross over in the 1920s. Show transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast/.

Episode 71: Black Ballplayers as Foreign Correspondents

Episode 71: Black Ballplayers as Foreign Correspondents

February 1, 2021

Historian Brian Campbell describes the experiences of African American athletes who played baseball and achieved social status in Latin America and the Caribbean from the 1930s to 1950s, and he discusses how journalists used their stories of racial equality abroad to critique the color line in the United States. Show transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast/

Episode 70: Enforcement Journalism and the Keating Five Scandal

Episode 70: Enforcement Journalism and the Keating Five Scandal

January 18, 2021

Historian Rob Wells tells the story of how a trade publication uncovered a scandal involving five U.S. senators in the midst of the 1980s savings and loan crisis. Show transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast/. 

Episode 69: Coverage of Detroit’s 12th Street Riot

Episode 69: Coverage of Detroit’s 12th Street Riot

January 4, 2021

Researcher Brandon Storlie discusses problematic news coverage of the July 1967 riot in Detroit, one of the most violent race-related conflicts in recent American history. Show transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast/

Episode 68: Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

Episode 68: Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

December 14, 2020

As a holiday tradition, we re-air our episode where hosts of the Journalism History podcast come together for a special Christmas episode that tells the story of an 8-year-old girl and the most reprinted editorial in the English language. Show transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast/

Episode 67: Media Relations & First Ladies

Episode 67: Media Relations & First Ladies

November 30, 2020

Editor Lisa Burns discusses her new book, Media Relations & The Modern First Lady: From Jacqueline Kennedy to Melania Trump, and shares stories of successes and failures of first ladies' media strategies. Show transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast/

Episode 66: Newspaper Titans: William Randolph Hearst

Episode 66: Newspaper Titans: William Randolph Hearst

November 17, 2020

In the second of two episodes on the newspaper titans who transformed American journalism, historian Chris Daly returns to discuss the career of Joseph Pulitzer’s rival publisher, William Randolph Hearst, and we take a virtual tour of Hearst’s former home, Hearst Castle in California. Show transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast/

Episode 65: Newspaper Titans: Joseph Pulitzer

Episode 65: Newspaper Titans: Joseph Pulitzer

November 16, 2020

In the first of two episodes on the newspaper titans who transformed American journalism, historian Chris Daly reviews the sensational career of publisher Joseph Pulitzer before we take a virtual tour of the Missouri History Museum in Pulitzer’s adopted hometown of St. Louis. Show transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast/

BONUS: The Historic Election of Kamala Harris

BONUS: The Historic Election of Kamala Harris

November 7, 2020

In a special bonus episode, political historian Teri Finneman reacts to the election of Kamala Harris as the first female vice president of the United States and examines the legacies of other women politicians.

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