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Heroes and Scoundrels: The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture

Matthew C. Ehrlich and Joe Saltzman


Whether it's the rule-defying lifer, the sharp-witted female newshound, or the irascible editor in chief, the journalists portrayed in popular culture have shaped our views of the press and its role in a free society since mass culture arose over a century ago. Drawing on portrayals of journalists in television, film, radio, novels, comics, plays, and other media, this book surveys how popular media have depicted the profession across time. The book's creative use of media artifacts provides thought-provoking forays into such fundamental issues as how pop culture mythologizes and demythologize ... More

Keywords: popular culture, journalists, mass culture, popular media, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039027
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039027.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew C. Ehrlich, author
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Joe Saltzman, author
University of Southern California