ERIC Number: ED179983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Newspaper and Intellectual History: A New Approach.
Covert, Catherine L.
New ways of relating the newspaper to the history of thought are discussed in this paper. It suggests that intellectual and media historians may approach the newspaper either institutionally, as a significant cultural variable in the reception of new thought, or as an analytic probe (both in content and form) by which to assess that process of idea transformation within a society over time. It proposes that newspaper content over a span of time may be approached diachronically or synchronically in a search for the meaning of ideas and the perceived significance of a new thought pattern as presented on the newspaper page. In addition it suggests that the formal elements of the news story when analyzed might shed light on public understanding of new ideas as perceived by the reporter. The paper also advocates the use of the newspaper morgue as both a finding device for evidence and an analytic tool to reflect categories already available in the society for classifying and assimilating new ideas. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (62nd, Houston, TX, August 5-8, 1979)