A Narrative History of the American Press

1st Edition

Gregory A. Borchard

Published August 14, 2018
Textbook - 274 Pages
ISBN 9781138998469 - CAT# Y211043


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-The book takes a global approach, looking at the way the American press has covered world events and helped shape journalism internationally.

-The historiographical approach offers readers not only the relevant historical facts, but also  a picture of the ways history is constructed, offering students a way to understand and engage with larger debates about the practice of history.

-Exercises, essay questions, lecture notes and slides, and a testbank of exam questions give students and instructors the tools they need to explore American journalism history fully.


Beginning with the American Revolution and spanning over two hundred years of American journalism, A Narrative History of the American Press provides an overview of the events, institutions, and people who have shaped the press, from the creation of the First Amendment to today. Gregory A. Borchard’s introductory text helps readers develop an understanding of the role of the press in both the U.S. and world history, and how American culture has shaped—and been shaped by—the role of journalism in everyday life. The text, along with a rich array of supplemental materials available online, provides students with the tools used by both reporters and historians to understand the present through the past, allowing readers to use the history of journalism as a lens for implementing their own storytelling, reporting, and critical analysis skills.

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