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Author Guarneri, Julia, author

Title Newsprint metropolis : city papers and the making of modern Americans / Julia Guarneri
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Series Historical studies of urban America
Historical studies of urban America
Contents Introduction; Local media, commercial media -- The world that newspapers made; A new newspaper model; "More news, more advertisements, more paper, more print", Readers become customers, Newspapers remake their cities, The objectivity question -- Making metropolitans, Advising women, Defining the working, middle, and upper class; Teaching technology;Toward a mass audience; Shaping modern men and women -- Building print community; A concerned public; Inside the city's many spheres; Hardened hearts and "human interest"; Middle-class cosmopolitans; An urban brand -- Connecting city, suburb, and region; Building the suburbs, selling the dream; Writing for suburban subscribers; Reading suburban newspapers; Newspapers define the region -- Nationalizing the news; Finding Milwaukee's place; Shared and syndicated news; Newspapers nationalize ; Chains and big-budget features; Striking a balance -- Epilogue
Summary Newsprint Metropolis tracks two simultaneous processes: how cities made newspapers, and how newspapers made cities. The book reaches beyond the front pages and into the feature news, which entertained readers while teaching them how to deal with an urban world of diversity and possibility. From the late nineteenth century onwards, newspapers circulated the local logistical information that enabled readers to conduct their lives within cities and city-centered metropolitan regions. They presented readers with place-based definitions of class and community, sophistication and success. Newspaper journalism facilitated an imaginative relationship to city and region, conjuring the experiences, qualities, and commitments that supposedly bound readers to their metropolitan neighbors. In the 1920s, toward the end of this story, newspapers began to come a bit unmoored from their urban context. Distribution of news articles and images through syndicate services or through chains enabled newspaper editors to piece together satisfying papers without commissioning much local news. But while newspapers never again focused as intensely on their own cities, their heyday as city organs left a lasting mark. The civic campaigns, the commerce, the fast pace, and the variety in turn-of-the-century cities all combined to create the newspaper model that endured through the twentieth century and that we might still recognize in today's media
Notes Introduction One: A New Newspaper Model Two: Making Metropolitans Three: Building Print Community Four: Connecting City, Suburb, and Region Five: Nationalizing the News Epilogue Acknowledgments Appendix: Sources Notes
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject American newspapers -- History -- 19th century
American newspapers -- History -- 20th century
American newspapers -- Social aspects
Cities and towns -- United States -- History
City dwellers -- United States
News audiences -- United States
Urbanization -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Urbanization -- United States -- History -- 20th century
American newspapers -- Social aspects.
American newspapers.
Cities and towns.
City dwellers.
History -- General.
History -- United States -- 20th Century.
Language Arts & Disciplines -- Journalism.
News audiences.
Social Science -- Media Studies.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022634147X (electronic bk.)
9780226341477 (electronic bk.)