Discovering the News (Paperback)

A Social History of American Newspapers

By Michael Schudson

Basic Books, 9780465016662, 240pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 1981



This instructive and entertaining social history of American newspapers shows that the very idea of impartial, objective "news" was the social product of the democratization of political, economic, and social life in the nineteenth century. Professor Schudson analyzes the shifts in reportorial style over the years and explains why the belief among journalists and readers alike that newspapers must be objective still lives on.