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Media and Communication
An introduction to core research resources for media and communication.
The Credo Reference database is a digital collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs, and can be a great place to start to learn more about the history of a time period or of a specific type of media. Tertiary sources like encyclopedias are particularly useful in gathering keywords on media formats that can be used to search primary resources and archives. For example, an encyclopedia entry on "typewriters" can reveal different brands to search (e.g., Remington, Blickensderfer, International Business Machines), time periods (1860s — 1980s), and people (e.g., Mary Foot Seymour, who opened the first typing school in New York City).
A timeline and brief history of telecommunication, beginning with the electric telegraph in 1726, the telephone in the 1870s, radio in the early 1900s, television in the 1930s, to computer networks and the internet at the end of the 20th century.
The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society discusses media around the world in their varied forms-newspapers, magazines, radio, television, film, books, music, websites, social media, mobile media-and describes the role of each in both mirroring and shaping society. This encyclopedia provides a thorough overview of media within social and cultural contexts, exploring the development of the mediated communication industry, mediated communication regulations, and societal interactions and effects.
The Dictionary of Media and Communication Studies has provided students and the general public alike with a gateway into the study of intercultural communication, public relations and marketing communications since 1984. In this 9th edition, James Watson and Anne Hill provide a detailed compendium of the different facets of personal, group, mass-media and internet communication that continues to be a vital source of information for all those interested in how communication affects our lives. They cover new applications and developments, such as the incorporation of Neuroscience techniques in advertising and marketing. Other updates include Cyber-bullying, Twitter scandals, conduct in media organizations, on-line lobbying, global protesting/petitioning, and gender issues relating to social media in general. While new entries explore the profound shifts that have taken place in the world of communication in recent years, the purpose of this new edition is not necessarily to keep abreast of every new media event but to reflect the trends that influence and prompt such events, such as the Leveson Inquiry and Report and phone hacking via mobile phones. Politics seems to be playing out more on Twitter than in The Times. This volume seeks to make its twenty-first century readers more media literate, as well as more critical consumers of modern news.
The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies is a six-volume retrospective on the many dimensions of media history, production, content, audiences, effects, and futures, paying close attention to issues of gender and ethnicity.
This is a list of years in television, from Wikipedia. It lists some important events in the history of television, as well as the first broadcasts of many television shows, the launches of some television channels and networks, and the debuts of some web series.
This book provides concise, in-depth histories of 106 of the most significant mass-market or general magazines in the United states — both active periodicals and those which have ceased publication. Focuses on magazines with general appeal and circulations of 100,000 or more (many over a million) with launch dates ranging from 1743 to 1983. Isn’t comprehensive since it was designed to be used in conjunction with other volumes in the series. Included are magazines such as Life, Colliers, Playboy, People, Saturday Evening Post, and Family Circle, as well as major tabloids, Sunday supplement magazines, regional magazines, and the most widely read publications devoted to specific audiences--Modern Maturity, Yankee, Mechanix Illustrated, American Farmer, and so on.
"We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us." These words are from the front page of Freedom's Journal, the first African-American newspaper published in the United States, in 1827, a milestone event in the history of an oppressed people. From then on a prodigious and hitherto almost unknown cascade of newspapers, magazines, letters, and other literary, historical, and popular writing poured from presses chronicling black life in America. The authentic voice of African-American culture is captured in this first comprehensive guide to a treasure trove of writings by and for a people, as found in sources in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. This bibliography of over 6,000 entries is the indispensable guide to the stories of slavery, freedom, Jim Crow, segregation, liberation, struggle, and triumph. Besides describing many new discoveries--from church documents to early civil rights ephemera, from school records to single-mother newsletters, from artists' journals to labor publications--this work informs researchers where and how to find them (for example, through online databases, microfilm, or traditional catalogs).
N.W. Ayer and Son's American Newspaper Annual and Directory was a directory to US newspapers and periodicals, arranged by state and city, published in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Available online from the Library of Congress and the Hathi Trust from 1880-1923.
Publication Date: Years available at NYU Libraries: 1990 — present
The Gale directory of publications and broadcast media (formerly titled the "Ayer directory of publications") is a yearly directory contains circulation rates, descriptions, contact information and advertising rates on print/online and broadcast media, mostly focusing on the United States but includes some international coverage. Includes listings for radio and television stations, cable companies and print/online media companies.