...this book is an excellent companion to recent books about the press at the turn of the century....Highly recommended for journalism history collections serving both undergraduates and advanced scholars.
[c]hallenges several popular misconceptions about this era of American journalism, particulary the charge that yellow press coverage propelled the United States into the Spanish-American war. Moreover, the author argues that yellow journalism had a more lasting impact on the American press than is commonly realized, as seen in a variety of innovative news practices and layout elements that have been passed along largely intact to this day.
Scholars who have followed Joseph Campbell's convention papers will find much that is familiar in ^IYellow Journalism^R. That earlier work, completed over five years, is integrated into this difinitive treatment. His research is comprehensive, his assessment keen. Campbell pricks flawed generalizations that have misrepresented the Yellow Press since historians first identified it as a distinctive period in U.S. media history. Because of Campbell's work, almost everyone who has written about the period, including me, will need to revise what's been said before. This work is that significant.
...every journalism historian should at least read chapter three of the book, which is a compelling and definitive treatment of the Hearst-Remington telegram.
Combining content analysis with archival research, this study...challenges several popular misconceptions about this era of American journalism, particularly the charge that yellow press coverage propelled the United States into the Spanish-American War.
Campbell demonstrates how careless research and sloppy thinking of journalism historians and others have perpetuated myths about a pivotal period of the American press.
^IYellow Journalism, Puncturing the Myths, Defining the Legacies^R is an extensively researched, well-written, and myth-shattering study of the phenomenon of yellow journalism. W. Joseph Campbell uses a careful reading of the newspapers and periodicals of the era to create the best picture to date of the yellow journalism era. He corrects errors in interpretation and establishes a clearer, more accurate picture of the time period and the phenomenon. This is a `must read' for all interested in this topic.