Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics

The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics 4.4, Fall 1999



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    Margolis, Michael.
    Resnick, David.
    Wolfe, Joel D.
  • Party Competition on the Internet in the United States and Britain
    Subject Headings:
    • Political parties -- Great Britain -- Computer network resources.
    • Political parties -- United States -- Computer network resources.
    • Web sites.
      This article examines the prominence of Web sites of major and minor parties in the United States and the United Kingdom, comparing features such as search capabilities, membership forms, information on party organization and issues, characteristics of graphics, and currency of updates as well as their relative quality and sophistication. We also look at the prominence of major and minor parties in newspapers and magazines and in various search engines and sites for political junkies. We find that minor parties have a greater presence on the Web in the United Kingdom than in the United States, but even so, the sites of major parties in both countries are more prominent and sophisticated than those of minor parties, and major parties generally receive more media coverage than minor parties, both on-line and off-line. The data suggest that the established interests dominating most of the communications, transactions, elections, and political processes of advanced industrialized countries are extending their influence to these processes in cyberspace.
    Caliendo, Stephen M.
    Gibney, Mark.
    Payne, Angela.
  • All the News That's Fit to Print? New York Times Coverage of Human-Rights Violations
    Subject Headings:
    • New York times.
    • Human rights -- Press coverage -- United States.
      The so-called CNN effect suggests that the American public has quick access to more information about world events than ever before. To test the prevalence of the effect, this study examines New York Times stories on fifty countries that human-rights researchers list among the top violators. Results show that although there is a moderate correlation between the magnitude of political terror and the number of human-rights stories from a given country, the Times's overall coverage of human rights is seriously lacking. Attention to abuses occurs primarily in countries that were strategically instrumental during the cold war and in countries where there is clear U.S. involvement.
    Reese, Stephen D.
  • The Progressive Potential of Journalism Education: Recasting the Academic versus Professional Debate
    Subject Headings:
    • Journalism and education -- United States.
    • Journalism -- Study and teaching -- United States.
    • Education, Higher -- Aims and objectives -- United States.
      The crisis in the journalism profession has led an ever more concentrated corporate voice to assert itself in academia, diverting blame and shaping how future journalists are prepared. Historically interdisciplinary, oriented toward the liberal arts yet professional, journalism education faces mounting pressure to abandon its academic ethos to embrace its industry patrons, choosing from a false dichotomy advanced forcefully by a recent journalism foundation-supported research report. To preserve its value, however, journalism must be part of broader academic reforms, modeling an intellectually independent integration of theory and practice, supporting not just a media labor pyramid, but also a press-literate public.
    Rhodes, Jane, 1955-
  • Fanning the Flames of Racial Discord: The National Press and the Black Panther Party
    Subject Headings:
    • Black Panther Party -- Press coverage -- United States.
    • Race relations and the press -- United States.
      The Black Panther Party and the news media engaged in a dialogic relationship that shaped public representations of black nationalism and black radicalism. During the first two years of the group's existence, the national elite press paid limited attention to the group. When they did cover the controversies surrounding the Panthers, the stories fit into narrow frames that underscored national ideologies about race and social protest. The coverage of the Black Panthers registered mainstream America's fears and disdain for their politics and style. Over time, these frames shifted to include a desire to elevate these radicals to celebrity status. This racially coded news reporting illustrates the problems of the 1960s' press in covering the complexities of America's racial crisis.

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