Reference Booknotes

Guide to Political Campaigns in America, edited by Paul S. Herrnson (CQ Press, 2005). The first comprehensive resource for scholarly and practical insight into every important aspect of political campaigns–the issues, people, processes, and types and levels of races involved. (ASC).

Children and Television: Fifty Years of Research, edited by Norma Pecora, John P. Murray, and Ellen Ann Wartella (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2007). A comprehensive review of the literature on children’s television drawing not only on the academic traditions of communication studies, but psychology, sociology, education, economics, and medicine. Perhaps the most valuable aspect of the book is the 128-page Bibliography: 1949-2005. (ASC)

Women in Mass Communication, by Pemela J. Creedon and Judith Cramer (Sage, 2007). This third edition examines the role of women in the journalism and mass communication professions. (ASC)

Dictionary of Mass communication & Media Research: A Guide for Students, Scholars & Professionals, by David Demers (Marquette, 2005). 1,400 terms associated with the seven traditional mass media (books, newspapers, motion pictures, recording industry, radio and television), new media and the Internet, history of media, media law and ethics, media research methods and statistics, advertising and public relations, global media, major media theories, and prominent media professionals and scholars. (ASC)

Economics of Hispanic Television in the U.S. (Kagan Research, 2005). Kagan industry report on the largest and fastest-growing minority market in the U. S. Detailed profiles of 14 broadcast and cable networks include ownership information, subscriber data, and projections of gross and net ad revenues, programming expenses and cash flow, as well as programming descriptions and contact information for 32 other Hispanic-targeted networks. (ASC)

Handbook of New Media, edited by Leah A. Lievreouw and Sonia Livingstone (Sage, 2006). Updated second edition of an essential text for anyone concerned with social aspects of the new media.–Kevin Robins, Goldsmiths College, University of London (ASC)

Covering Health Issues 2006: A Sourcebook for Journalists. (Alliance for Health Reform, 2006). This resource for journalists provides background information, story ideas, experts and websites, and bibliographies in twelve different policy areas: the uninsured, private health, children”s health Medicare, Medicare prescription drug program, Medicaid, long-term care, health care quality, disparities, mental health, and public health. It also includes a section on how to cover issues for TV and radio. (ASC)

Censorship in the Arab World: An Annotated Bibliography, by Mona A. Nsouli and Lokman I. Meho (Scarecrow, 2006). This first annotated bibliography of its kind. Includes over 650 annotations of books, scholarly articles, book chapters, and dissertations from 21 countries in the Arab world. The collection covers academic freedom, book burning, library acquisitions, privacy and freedom of information and expression among other topics related to censorship. (ASC)

Swingin’ on the Ether Waves: a Chronological History of African American Radio and Television Broadcasting, 1925-1955, by Henry T. Simpson (Scarecrow, 2006). A sweeping two-volume work documenting the historical contributions of African Americans to broadcasting in the United States from the beginning of commercial broadcasting in 1925 to the age of television from 1950-1955. (ASC)

Encyclopedia of Religion, Communication, and Media, edited by Daniel Stout (Routledge, 2006). The world’s religions are analyzed by different means of communication. Topics are arranged around the following themes: forms of verbal communication such and chanting and sermons; forms of written communication such as books, encyclicals, literature and magazines; public communication such via the internet, television and radios; and other forms of communication including art, film, and sculpture. (ASC)

Sage Handbook of Nonverbal Communication, edited by Valerie Manusov and Miles L. Patterson (Sage, 2006). Structured into four sections: foundations of nonverbal communication, factors influencing nonverbal communication, functions of nonverbal communication, and important contexts and consequences of nonverbal communication (ASC).

State of the Union: Presidential Rhetoric from Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush, edited by Deborah Kalb, Gerhard Peters, and John T. Woolley (CQ Press). Includes complete transcripts of every State of the Union Address from 1913 to 2006. (ASC)

Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media, Edited by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett (Sage, 2007) This two volume work provides cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural perspective on a variety of media–television, film, video games, the Internet, magazines, music, and more. Explores topics such as violence, sex, rating systems and warning labels, attention deficit disorder, body image and eating disorders, popular music lyrics, advertising, digital music downloading, parental involvement, policymaking, and child development. (ASC)

Methods of Historical Analysis in Electronic Media, edited by Donald G. Godfrey (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2006). Provides overviews of the qualitative methodological tools necessary for the study of broadcasting as well as how to locate primary source material. (ASC)

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