To coincide with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual meeting August 6-9, 2015, in San Francisco we are offering eBook versions of four University of Illinois Press communication titles on sale for $2.99. The sale will run through August 31.

Cover for Moscowitz: The Battle over Marriage: Gay Rights Activism through the Media. Click for larger imageThe Battle over Marriage: Gay Rights Activism through the Media by Leigh Moscowitz
Over the past decade, the controversial issue of gay marriage has emerged as a primary battle in the culture wars and a definitive social issue of our time. The subject moved to the forefront of mainstream public debate in 2004, when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom began authorizing same-sex marriage licenses, and it has remained in the forefront through three presidential campaigns and numerous state ballot initiatives. In this thorough analysis, Leigh Moscowitz examines how prominent news outlets presented this issue from 2003 to 2012, a time when intense news coverage focused unprecedented attention on gay and lesbian life. Ultimately, The Battle over Marriage reveals both the promises and the limitations of commercial media as a route to social change. Buy the Kindle version here. Buy the Kobo version here. Buy the Google Play version here. Buy the Nook version here.

Cover for underwood: Chronicling Trauma: Journalists and Writers on Violence and Loss. Click for larger imageChronicling Trauma: Journalists and Writers on Violence and Loss by Doug Underwood
To attract readers, journalists have long trafficked in the causes of trauma–crime, violence, warfare–as well as psychological profiling of deviance and aberrational personalities. Novelists, in turn, have explored these same subjects in developing their characters and by borrowing from their own traumatic life stories to shape the themes and psychological terrain of their fiction. Grounded in the latest research in the fields of trauma studies, literary biography, and the history of journalism, this study draws upon the lively and sometimes breathtaking accounts of popular writers such as Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Graham Greene, and Truman Capote, exploring the role that trauma has played in shaping their literary works. Buy the Kindle version here. Buy the Kobo version here. Buy the Google Play version here. Buy the Nook version here.

Cover for HILLS: The Struggle for Control of Global Communication: The Formative Century. Click for larger imageThe Struggle for Control of Global Communication: The Formative Century by Jill Hills
Tracing the development of communication markets and the regulation of international communications from the 1840s through World War I, Jill Hills examines the political, technological, and economic forces at work during the formative century of global communication. The Struggle for Control of Global Communication analyzes power relations within the arena of global communications from the inception of the telegraph through the successive technologies of submarine telegraph cables, ship-to-shore wireless, broadcast radio, shortwave wireless, the telephone, and movies with sound. Buy the Kindle version here. Buy the Kobo version here. Buy the Google Play version here. Buy the Nook version here.

Cover for UNDERWOOD: From Yahweh to Yahoo!: The Religious Roots of the Secular Press. Click for larger imageFrom Yahweh to Yahoo! The Religious Roots of the Secular Press by Doug Underwood
Presenting religion as journalism’s silent partner, From Yahweh to Yahoo! provides a fresh and surprising view of the religious impulses at work in the typical newsroom by delving into the largely unexamined parallels between religion and journalism, from the “media” of antiquity to the electronic idolatry of the Internet. Focusing on how the history of religion in the United States has been entwined with the growth of the media, Doug Underwood makes the case that American journalists are rooted in the nation’s moral and religious heritage and operate, in important ways, as personifications of the old religious virtues. Buy the Kindle version here. Buy the Kobo version here. Buy the Google Play version here. Buy the Nook version here.

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