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Daily News, Eternal Stories: The Mythological Role of Journalism (Guilford Communication Series)

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Synopsis:

This compelling, often surprising book demonstrates the ways news articles of today draw from age-old tales that have chastened, challenged, entertained, and entranced people since the beginning of time. Through an insightful exploration of hundreds of New York Times articles, award-winning professor and former journalist Jack Lule reveals mythical themes in reporting on topics from terrorist hijackings to Huey Newton, from Mother Teresa to Mike Tyson. Beneath the fresh facade of current events, Lule identifies such enduring archetypes as the innocent victim, the good mother, the hero, and the trickster. In doing so, he sheds light on how media coverage shapes our thinking about many of the confounding issues of our day, including foreign policy, terrorism, race relations, and political dissent.

Winner of the MEA's 2002 Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics

About the Author

Jack Lule is Professor and Chair in the Department of Journalism and Communication at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He is the author of more than 50 articles, book chapters, essays, and reviews and has won numerous awards for excellence in research and teaching. He serves on the editorial board of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. A former bartender, truck driver and reporter, Lule continues to be an avid observer of the American scene and a frequent contributor to newspapers and periodicals.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction. Front-Page Myths: The News Story

I. The Story of the News Story

1. Seven Master Myths in the News: Eternal Stories

2. The Mythological Role of Journalism: Stories for Society

II. Case Studies of News as Myth

3. The Victim: Leon Klinghoffer and News of Tragedy

4. The Scapegoat: The Killing of Huey Newton and Degrading Political Radicals

5. The Hero: Mark McGwire and "Godding Up" U.S. Celebrities

6. The Good Mother: Mother Teresa and the Human Interest Story

7. The Trickster: Race, the News, and the Rape of Mike Tyson

8. The Other World: Haiti and International News Values

9. The Flood: Hurricane Mitch and News of Disasters

Conclusion. News, Myth, and Society: Twelve Propositions

Product Details

ISBN:
9781572306080
Subtitle:
The Mythological Role of Journalism
Author:
Lule, Jack
Publisher:
The Guilford Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Mass Media - Newspapers
Subject:
Media Studies - Print Media
Subject:
Mythology in literature
Subject:
Journalism -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Sociology-Media
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Guilford Communication Series
Publication Date:
20010116
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
245
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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This compelling, often surprising book demonstrates the ways news articles of today draw from age-old tales that have chastened, challenged, entertained, and entranced people since the beginning of time. Through an insightful exploration of hundreds of New York Times articles, award-winning professor and former journalist Jack Lule reveals mythical themes in reporting on topics from terrorist hijackings to Huey Newton, from Mother Teresa to Mike Tyson. Beneath the fresh facade of current events, Lule identifies such enduring archetypes as the innocent victim, the good mother, the hero, and the trickster. In doing so, he sheds light on how media coverage shapes our thinking about many of the confounding issues of our day, including foreign policy, terrorism, race relations, and political dissent.

Winner of the MEA's 2002 Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics

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