SOURCE: The Nation
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
A new, large-format book captures the dawn of comics, when the medium had no rules and its messages were surprisingly irreverent.
by Todd Gitlin
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