Review by Choice Review
An authoritative, multivolume encyclopedia dedicated to journalism has been needed for several years, and this set should prove worth the wait. The first four volumes cover nearly 1,500 sequentially numbered pages. Each features a 171-page index to the entire set. General editor Sterling (George Washington Univ.) has included a reader's guide and list of entries as prefaces to the first volume. Individual main entries are signed and include see also references and suggestions for further readings. The main entries are attractively designed and use a sufficient number of subheadings. Printed on acid-free paper, the text appears in a generous-sized font for easy reading, arranged in two columns per page. Glenn Lewis (York College, CUNY) edited the fifth volume, titled "Key Documents," which features the text of important court cases and documents essential to journalism, including the Bill of Rights and the Freedom of Information Act guide. It also includes various statements on ethical conduct, and documents that are relevant to the proliferation of journalism through the Internet, e.g., a Blogger's Code of Ethics; topics include intellectual property and privacy protections, and interactive media organizations. The sixth volume consists of appendixes, including one for awards in the field of journalism, e.g., the Pulitzer Prizes; and descriptions of special awards, e.g., the Pacemaker Award for college journalists. Other appendixes consist of a review of the state of journalistic freedom around the world arranged by country, and a substantial annotated bibliography titled "Journalism: A Guide to Recent Literature." This long-overdue publication combines well-written entries with essential supporting documents in one set. Its cost, considering its quality and comprehensiveness, is within reason. With the field of journalism contracting from the 20th-century's traditional venues and expanding into nontraditional ones, this title comes at an opportune time. It offers an overview of past practices, an examination of current conditions, and a glimpse into the future. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates and above. R. L. Abbott University of Evansville
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Review by Choice Review