SOURCE: The New Yorker
NYPL to Take Archives of East Village Eye, Newspaper of 1980s Downtown Scene
The complexity and difficulty of placing the relatively small archive of an underground arts paper with a repository that can preserve it highlights the challenges facing historic preservation.
Kathryn Olmsted's "Newspaper Axis" Shows Media Extremism Nothing New
by Kathryn Smith
FDR's success in promoting the New Deal and rallying Americans to the defense of Europe against fascism was a triumph over the nation's right-wing newspaper barons.
Howard University Gets $2M Grant to Digitize Archive of Black Newspapers
The project will create the largest and most accessible archive of historical Black newspaper content in the world.
Katharine Graham Grew into Boldness as Washington Post Publisher
Curator Jeanne Guttierez of the New York Historical Society joins Here and Now to discuss a new exhibit on the life of the legendary publisher and Washington social fixture once considered the most powerful woman in America.
SOURCE: Black Perspectives
The Discursive Power of the Pittsburgh Courier and the Black Press
by Adam Lee Cilli
The influential Black newspaper's publisher Robert L. Vann has been criticized as a self-promoting tribune of the Black bourgeoisie. A historian argues he should be reconsidered as a pragmatist building alliances in a time of upheaval for Black America.
Elegy for Op-Ed
by Michael J. Socolow
The decision by the Times to rebrand its outside commentaries reflects its failure to fight consistently over the years for the open exchange of ideas and to differentiate the views it published from its own official positions.
SOURCE: Kansas City Star
When Civil Rights Movement Marched Forward, The Kansas City Star Lagged Behind
The Kansas City Star begins a series reckoning with its failures to cover local protests for civil rights.
SOURCE: The Nation
My Life in the Media Machine
by Tom Scocca
Independent journalism has been in a decades-long death spiral because "the circulatory system of money that had made the writing possible was punctured and bleeding out, and draining into Silicon Valley."
SOURCE: Humanities New York
Lampooning Political Women
by Allison K. Lange
Backlash against women's emancipation in the nineteenth century took to the most potent social media of the day--political cartoons--to decry feminism as a threat to civilization itself.
The Pentagon is Missing the Big Picture on "Stars and Stripes"
by Mark T. Hauser
The Pentagon's plan to scrap funding for the Stars and Stripes newspaper isn't just an attack on a historic military institution. It's ignoring the lessons the paper's history offers for efficient operation and integrating military operations with the economic life of the nation.
How a Political Dispute Over the Early American Postal System Could Have Jeopardized the Whole U.S. Constitution
by Robert W.T. Martin
The nation has always depended on systems for sharing information and ideas. Disruptions to those systems can be devastating. Ask the Anti-Federalists.
SOURCE: Washington Post
The Answer to the Media Industry’s Woes? Publicly Owned Newspapers.
by Victor Pickard
Local democracy requires coverage of local news. As the commercial media fail to provide it, it's time to reconsider the history of municipal newspapers.
SOURCE: New York Times
Here’s Looking at You, Grid: A History of Crosswords and Their Fans
by Peter Sagal
Like a good crossword, her book challenges us to back away from our assumptions, allows us to think differently and apply ourselves again.
SOURCE: Associated Press
Website Aims to Highlight Hidden Figures in Black History
Historian Matthew Delmont's website Black Quotidian features profiles of hundreds of African Americans taken from black newspapers mostly between the 1900s and the 1980s.
SOURCE: NY Times
The Chicago Defender, Legendary Black Newspaper, Prints Last Copy
For generations of black Americans, The Defender, influential and tough, was a force: “You knew it didn’t happen if it wasn’t in The Defender.”
SOURCE: The Atlantic
When Anarchy Ruled the Funny Pages
A new, large-format book captures the dawn of comics, when the medium had no rules and its messages were surprisingly irreverent.
Is the Press Too Big to Fail?
by Todd Gitlin
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