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ERIC Number: ED083621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Pages: 20
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America's Enduring Ethnic Press.
Marzolf, Marion
Studies of the history of newspapers in the United States have virtually ignored the ethnically oriented, foreign language press. This gap in journalistic investigation should be filled by considering the two conflicting roles which ethnic newspapers fill: assimilation of the ethnic group into the mainstream of American culture and maintenance and reinforcement of the readership ethnicity. By realizing that America is not completely successful as either a melting pot or a land of genuine cultural pluralism, the scholar of journalistic traditions can understand the needs of ethnics who support the contunuance of ethnic newspapers. Newspapers for ethnics are similar to their English counterparts in their coverage of the news but differ in their closer ties to the communities that they serve. The ethnic press tends to supplement the news in other major newspapers, but it provides a touch with the ethnic's, and especially the immigrant's, "old country" in his own language as other newspapers cannot. The evolutionary nature, the relationship to the dominant press, and the expression of distinct cultural, social, and political values must be considered in studies of the ethnic press. (CH)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (Fort Collins, Colorado, August 1973)