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September 19, 2006

W. Joseph Campbell To Discuss "American Journalism" Oct. 4

W. Joseph Campbell, a specialist in journalism history, will discuss and sign his new book, “The Year That Defined American Journalism: 1897 and the Clash of Paradigms,” at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 4 in Dining Room A, sixth floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Part of the Center for the Book’s “Books & Beyond” author series, the program is being cosponsored by the Library’s Serial and Government Publications Division. It is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

According to the author, 1897 was so decisive because “journalists then were wrestling desperately with the character and future of the profession, much as they are today. The ethical standards that are now commonly accepted were in flux. It was an uncertain yet invigorating time, a time when fresh approaches to newsgathering were developed, a time when the contours of modern journalism were defined.”

Campbell is an associate professor in the School of Communication at American University. Previously he had spent more than 20 years as a newspaper and wire service reporter, a career that took him on assignments across North America and to Europe, Asia and West Africa. His first book was “The Emergent Independent Press in Benin at Cote d’Ivoire: From Voice of State to Advocate of Democracy” (1998). He is also the author of “Yellow Journalism: Puncturing the Myths, Defining the Legacies” (2001) and “The Spanish-American War: American Wars and the Media in Primary Documents” (2005).

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PR 06-170
ISSN 0731-3527

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