Cover for NORD: Communities of Journalism: A History of American Newspapers and Their Readers. Click for larger image

Communities of Journalism

A History of American Newspapers and Their Readers

The significance of news and the institutions that produce it to American history

Widely acknowledged as one of our most insightful commentators on the history of journalism in the United States, David Paul Nord reveals how newspapers have intersected with religion, politics, reform, and urban life over nearly three centuries in a lively and wide-ranging discussion that shows journalism to be a vital component of community. In settings ranging from the religion-infused towns of colonial America to the rapidly expanding urban metropolises of the late nineteenth century, Nord explores the cultural work of the press and how ordinary readers use journalism to form community attachments and engage in civic life.


“In twelve beautifully written essays, David Paul Nord examines journalism as a vital component of communities. . . . Communities of Journalism is among the best thought-provoking books to be published in our field. It is a ‘must’ for anyone who researches and teaches mass media history.”--Journalism History


David Paul Nord, a professor of journalism and an adjunct professor of history at Indiana University, is associate editor of the Journal of American History. He is the author of Faith in Reading: Religious Publishing and the Birth of Mass Media in America.

To order online:
//www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/73anm6mt9780252074042.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
Radio Utopia - Cover
Radio Utopia

Postwar Audio Documentary in the Public Interest

Matthew C. Ehrlich

Let Something Good Be Said - Cover
Let Something Good Be Said

Speeches and Writings of Frances E. Willard

Edited by Carolyn DeSwarte Gifford and Amy R. Slagell

Across the Waves - Cover
Across the Waves

How the United States and France Shaped the International Age of Radio

Derek W. Vaillant

The Lincoln Image - Cover
The Lincoln Image

Abraham Lincoln and the Popular Print

Harold Holzer, Gabor S. Boritt, and Mark E . Neely Jr.

Making Photography Matter - Cover
Making Photography Matter

A Viewer's History from the Civil War to the Great Depression

Cara A. Finnegan

Media, Geopolitics, and Power - Cover
Media, Geopolitics, and Power

A View from the Global South

Herman Wasserman

American Datelines - Cover
American Datelines

Major News Stories from Colonial Times to the Present

Edited by Ed Cray, Jonathan Kotler, and Miles Beller

In Search of Belonging - Cover
In Search of Belonging

Latinas, Media, and Citizenship

Jillian M. Báez

Wired into Nature - Cover
Wired into Nature

The Telegraph and the North American Frontier

James Schwoch

The Crimes of Womanhood - Cover
The Crimes of Womanhood

Defining Femininity in a Court of Law

A. Cheree Carlson

Prologue to a Farce - Cover
Prologue to a Farce

Communication and Democracy in America

Mark Lloyd

Women in American Journalism - Cover
Women in American Journalism

A New History

Jan Whitt

Mister Pulitzer and the Spider - Cover
Mister Pulitzer and the Spider

Modern News from Realism to the Digital

Kevin G. Barnhurst

Dirty Words - Cover
Dirty Words

The Rhetoric of Public Sex Education, 1870-1924

Robin E. Jensen

Of G-Men and Eggheads - Cover
Of G-Men and Eggheads

The FBI and the New York Intellectuals

John Rodden

Becoming the Story - Cover
Becoming the Story

War Correspondents since 9/11

Lindsay Palmer