Nikki Usher’s Remarkable Inside Scoop: Behind the Scenes at the New York Times

by Phillip Witteveen May 21, 2014

Professor Nikki Usher is a former journalist with expertise in media theory, social media and communication studies who has turned her formidable attention to the newsrooms of America. There is a shift going on in this subset of our culture — the values and practices of journalism that are transitioning from print to web in a number of ways we don’t fully understand yet. So what is this shift in journalistic culture? Now more than ever, there is less of a distinction between outlet and audience. As the accessibility to news platforms in blogs and social media increases, we are […]

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Nancy Goldstein Featured on Marketplace

by Phillip Witteveen March 11, 2014

Nancy Goldstein, author of Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist, was recently featured on NPR’s Marketplace. The segment joined a series of features for Black History Month. Goldstein explains what makes Ormes a unique and enduringly important figure in the history of American journalism. Through her strong, capable female characters, Ormes told stories that both undercut stereotypical portrayals of African Americans common at the time and tackled difficult topics with humor and wit. Listen to the segment and see images of Ormes’s work at  

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Remembering Haynes Johnson

by Phillip Witteveen May 29, 2013

This tribute to Haynes Johnson was written by Sara Fitzgerald, the author of Elly Peterson: “Mother of the Moderates” and a former editor and new media developer for the Washington Post.  Like so many other journalists, former journalists and Washington policy wonks, I was shocked and saddened by the sudden death on May 24 of my friend and former Washington Post colleague Haynes Johnson. Haynes had played a special role in my life because he had generously agreed to write the forward to my 2011 biography Elly Peterson: “Mother” of the Moderates. I was thrilled that he was willing to do this because I knew he […]

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Q&A with Irene Taviss Thomson, author of Culture Wars and Enduring American Dilemmas

by University of Michigan Press April 1, 2010

The idea of a culture war, or wars, has existed in America since the 1960s—an underlying ideological schism in our country that is responsible for the polarizing debates on everything from the separation of church and state, to abortion, to gay marriage, to affirmative action. Irene Taviss Thomson explores this notion by analyzing hundreds of articles addressing hot-button issues over two decades from four magazines: National Review, Time, The New Republic, and The Nation, as well as a wide array of other writings and statements from a substantial number of public intellectuals. Irene Taviss Thomson is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, […]

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Murder Takes A Road Trip to Sutton’s Bay

by University of Michigan Press July 27, 2009

by Mardi Link, author of the forthcoming Isadore’s Secret and bestseller When Evil Came to Good Hart Thursday night the Murder Takes A Road Trip book tour rolled into Suttons Bay, pages a’blazin’. If the photo above appears a little blurry, chalk it up to road dust. That’s Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli on the left, Aaron Stander in the middle, and me on the right. No cookies at the library, but a great crowd and even a nod this morning on Facebook. Plus, a stroll afterwards over to Brilliant Books to sign and chat. For a complete schedule of Mardi’s upcoming […]

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