Drawing on original research and synthesizing the latest scholarship, Daly traces the evolution of journalism in America from the early 1700s to the "digital revolution" of today. Analyzing the news business as a business, he identifies five major periods of journalism history, each marked by a different response to the recurrent conflicts that arise when a vital cultural institution is housed in a major private industry.
Throughout his narrative history Daly captures the ethos of journalism with engaging anecdotes, biographical portraits of key figures, and illuminating accounts of the coverage of major news events as well as the mundane realities of day-to-day reporting.
A veteran journalist, Christopher B. Daly teaches journalism and history at Boston University. He is coauthor of Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World, which won the Albert J. Beveridge Award of the American Historical Association and the Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians.
For more information, please see Prof. Daly's website, http://www.coveringamerica.me/
The Journalist’s Companionis the book for every journalist and journalism student’s coat pocket or backpack. Anchored by an annotated copy of the U.S. Constitution, this slim and portable volume provides guidance, inspiration, and practical advice for being a journalist today. A veteran front-line news reporter and professor of journalism for another twenty years, Christopher B. Daly has seen the attempts to silence and intimidate journalists. The Journalist’s Companion gives reporters, editors, and students the inspiration to stand tall along with advice to do their work well, accurately, and fearlessly. This book also includes a brief guide on how to file a Freedom of Information Act demand, a checklist for reporters and editors designed to increase the level of accuracy in their work, a primer on copyright and professional courtesy, and a quick guide to staying safe while on assignment.