Burton St. John III is an assistant professor of communication at Old Dominion University. He holds a PhD from St. Louis University and an MA and BA from Wichita State University. He also completed journalism and public affairs studies at the Department of Defense’s Information School (DINFOS). He is coeditor of the book Public Journalism 2.0: The Promise and Reality of a Citizen-Engaged Press. His academic work has appeared in Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, Journalism History, Public Relations Review, The Communication Review, American Journalism, and the Journal of Mass Media Ethics.
Press Professionalization and Propaganda: The Rise of Journalistic Double-Mindedness, 1917–1941 by Burton St. John III
Increasingly, Americans are turning away from the traditional press––especially newspapers––for the news of the day. In fact, by May 2009, a Pew survey revealed that 63 percent of Americans said they would not miss their paper if it ceased publishing. Inspired by the works of Pierre Bourdieu, James Carey, and Michael Schudson, this work finds that journalism’s current problems with pertinence lies within an unreflexive relationship with those who would offer the helping hand of propaganda materials.
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