The media landscape has changed dramatically over the
past fifty years. The advent of The American society has become an "entertainment
society" and left the media backstage to movies and television dramas. In order to
remain afloat, news has shifted to an entertainment mentality as well, often
choosing to highlight the lives of celebrities rather than international affairs.
This program discusses the changes in journalism, TV reporting, and the American
society since the Class of 1955 graduated.
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50 Years in the Media Weblinks
- PBS: Media Consolidation on NOW This website is about how the consolidation in the media industry
may change what we hear and see on television, in music, at the
movies, and online. The Federal Communications Commission has set
new guidelines that will affect major communications companies.
- State of the News Media An annual report on the state of American Journalism by The Project for Excellence in Journalism. The project is part of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
- [Subscription neccessary] Editor and Publisher: Top 20 Papers By Circulation, According to
New FAS-FAX The Editor and Publisher is a journal covering the Newspaper
Industry. This article shows that eighteen out of the top twenty newspapers
have suffered weekday circulation losses.