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How not to found a field: new evidence on the origins of mass communication research

Wahl-Jorgensen, Karin ORCID: 2004. How not to found a field: new evidence on the origins of mass communication research. Journal of Communication 54 (3) , pp. 547-564. 10.1111/j.1460-2466.2004.tb02644.x

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This article offers new evidence on the beginnings of mass communication study in the U.S., suggesting that the earliest communication programs were short-lived interdisciplinary committees at the University of Chicago that were at the forefront of an emerging field but died from lack of institutional support. Drawing on archival research and interviews, the article suggests that communication study, as separate from professional journalism training and the study of rhetoric, goes further back than previously assumed. Finally, the article investigates why the Chicago programs are unknown in our discipline's history—and what this tells us about academic institutions and mass communication research.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1460-2466
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:38

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