This course is meant to explore the cultural and social history of journalism in America. Using a variety of secondary sources as well as contemporary examples of journalistic work, it will focus on the development of the values, practices, and social roles that cluster around the institution of journalism, including such topics as changing ideas of what "news" means and what a "journalist" does; the impact of new technologies for gathering and disseminating news; popular expectations about the duties and uses of the press; and the business of journalism. The role of all the other media (magazines, radio, television, film, advertising) as a significant contributor in the unfolding events (for better or worse) in war, reform movements, political exercises, and other historic events will be also brought into discussion