9781572306066

Daily News, Eternal Stories The Mythological Role of Journalism

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  • ISBN13:

    9781572306066

  • ISBN10:

    1572306068

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-01-17
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press
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Summary

This compelling, often surprising book demonstrates the ways news articles of today draw from age-old tales that have chastened, challenged, entertained, and entranced people since the beginning of time. Through an insightful exploration of actual New York Times articles, award-winning professor and former journalist Jack Lule reveals mythical themes in reporting on topics from terrorist hijackings to Huey Newton, from Mother Teresa to Mike Tyson. Beneath the fresh facade of current events, Lule identifies such enduring archetypes as the innocent victim, the good mother, the hero, and the trickster. In doing so, he sheds light on how media coverage shapes our thinking about many of the confounding issues of our day, including foreign policy, terrorism, race relations, and political dissent.

Author Biography

Jack Lule is Professor and Chair in the Department of Journalism and Communication at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He is the author of more than 50 articles, book chapters, essays, and reviews and has won numerous awards for excellence in research and teaching. He serves on the editorial board of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. A former bartender, truck driver and reporter, Lule continues to be an avid observer of the American scene and a frequent contributor to newspapers and periodicals.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction Front-Page Myths: The News Story 1(10)
I. THE STORY OF THE NEWS STORY
Seven Master Myths in the News: Eternal Stories
11(16)
The Mythological Role of Journalism: Stories for Society
27(14)
II. CASE STUDIES OF NEWS AS MYTH
The Victim: Leon Klinghoffer and News of Tragedy
41(19)
The Scapegoat: The Killing of Huey Newton and Degrading Political Radicals
60(21)
The Hero: Mark McGwire and ``Godding Up'' U.S. Celebrities
81(23)
The Good Mother: Mother Teresa and the Human Interest Story
104(18)
The Trickster: Race, the News, and the Rape of Mike Tyson
122(25)
The Other World: Haiti and International News Values
147(25)
The Flood: Hurricane Mitch and News of Disasters
172(14)
Conclusion News, Myth, and Society: Twelve Propositions 186(17)
Notes 203(36)
Index 239(6)
About the Author 245

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