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Communications and Media Studies: Suggested readings

Suggested books and articles

General Reference Books
Writing, Reporting & Research
Journalism/ News Media
Mass Media: Radio, Film & Television
Digital Media
Media & Society

General Reference Books

Allan, S. (2005). Journalism: critical issues. Maidenhead, England: Open University Press. (e-book)

Donsbach, Wolfgang. (2008). The international encyclopedia of communication. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publischin. (e-book)

Eadie, W. (2009). 21st century communication: a reference handbook. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE Reference. (e-book)

Murray, M. D. (1999). Encyclopedia of television news. Phoenix: Oryx Press. (e-book)

Schement, J. R. (2002). Encyclopedia of communication and information. New York: Macmillan Reference USA. (e-book)

Sterling, C. H. (2009). Encyclopedia of journalism. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE Reference. (e-book)

Sullivan, L. E. (2009). The SAGE glossary of the social and behavioral sciences. London: SAGE. (Reference desk / call number: H41.S24) - Also available as an e-book.

Vaughn, S. (2008). Encyclopedia of American journalism. New York: Routledge. (Reference / call number: PN4855.V38) 

Wilson, J. (1996). Understanding journalism: A guide to issues. London: Routledge. (e-book)


Writing, Reporting & Research

The Associated Press stylebook and libel manual. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co. (Reference / call number: PN4783.A8)

Butcher, J. (2006).  Butcher's copy-editing: the Cambridge handbook for editors, copy-editors and proofreaders, 4th edition. New York: Cambridge U. Press. (e-book)

Colomb, G. G., Williams, J. M., & Booth, W. C. (2008). The craft of research. Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Reserve / Q180.55 .M4 B66) - Note: previous additions may be available in stacks

Hennessy, B. (2006). Writing feature articles, 4th ed.  Oxford: Focal Press. (e-book)

Kershner, J. W. (2009). The elements of newswriting, 2nd ed. Boston, Mass: Allyn & bacon. (Reserve / call number: PN4775.K37)

Journalism/ News Media

Lewis, S., Kaufhold, K., & Lasorsa, D. (2010). Thinking about citizen journalism. Journalism Practice, 4, 2, 163-179.

Pew Research Center. The State of the News Media Report: 2011.

Streckfuss, R. (1990). “Objectivity in Journalism: A Search and a Reassessment.” Journalism Quarterly 67: 973-983.

Mass Media: Radio, Film & Television

Ang, I. (1996). Living Room Wars: Rethinking Media Audiences for a Postmodern World. London & New York: Routledge. 

Ewen, S. & Ewen, E. (1992). Channels ofDesire: Mass Images and the Shaping ofAmerican Consciousness. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Ganti, T. (2004). Bollywood: A guidebook to popular Hindi cinema. London & New York: Routledge. (e-book)

Gokulsing, K. M. & Dissanayake, W. (1998). Indian Popular Cinema: A Narrative of Cultural Change. London: Trentham Books. 

Mittell, J. (2009). Television and American culture. New York: Oxford U. Press.

Naficy, H. (1993). The Making of Exile Cultures: Iranian Television in Los Angeles. Minneapolis & London: University of Minnesota Press. (e-book)

Parks, L. & Kumar, S. (eds). (2003). Planet TV: A Global Television Reader. New York & London: New York University Press.


Digital Media

Castells, M. (2007). Communication, Power and Counter-power in the Network Society. International Journal of Communication 1, 238-266.

CUNY’s New Business Models for News project

Downie, L., & Schudson, M. (2009). The reconstruction of American journalism: A plan to promote and preserve serious reporting in the for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors. Columbia Journalism Review, 28-51. 

Galloway, A.R. (2006). Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture. Minneapolis & London: University of Minnesota Press.

Gillmor, D. (2010). Who’s a Journalist? Does that Matter?

Jenkins, H. (2006). Fans, Bloggers and Games: Exploring Participatory Culture. New York & London: New York University Press.

McLean, D. (2002). Internet Defamation. Communications & the Law, 24(4), 21.

Soja, E. (2007). When Libel Goes Online. The News Media & the Law, 31, 1, 34.


Media & Society

Alia, V. & Bull, S. (2005). Media and Ethnic Minorities. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Anderson, B. (1983). Imagined Communities. London & New York: Verso.

Appadurai, A. (1996). Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions o/Globalization. Minneapolis & London: University of Minnesota Press.

Askew, K. & Wilk, R. (ed). (2002). The Anthropology of Media: A Reader. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.

Aufderheide, P. (2000). The Daily Planet: A Critic on the Capitalist Culture Beat. Minneapolis & London: University of Minnesota Press.

Balnaves, M, Donald, S. and Shoesmith, B. (2009). Media Theories & Approaches: A Global Perspective. New York & London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Benjamin, W. (1969). Illuminations. New York: Schocken Books. 

Bing, R.L.. ed. (2009). Race, crime and the media. New York: McGraw-Hill. (call number: P96.C74 B46)

Featherstone, M. (1996)."Localism, Globalism, and Cultural Identity." In Global/Local: Cultural Production and the Transnational Imaginary, edited by Rob Wilson & Wimal Dissanayaki. Durham & London: Duke University Press.

Garcia Canclini, N. (200 I). Consumers and Citizens: Globalization and Multicultural Conflicts. Minneapolis & London: University of Minnesota Press.

Gee, J.P. (2007). What Video Games Have To Teach Us About Learning and Literacy. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Ginsburg, F.D. Abu-Lughod, L. & Larkin, B. (eds). (2002) Media Worlds. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press.

Herman, E.S. & McChesney, R.W. (1997). The Global Media: The New Missionaries of Corporate Capitalism. London and Washington: Cassell.

Jenkins, H. (2007). The Wow Climax: Tracing the Emotional Impact of Popular Culture. New York & London: New York University Press. (e-book)

Levy, S. (2006). The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness. New York & London: Simon & Schuster.

Lugo-Ocando, J. (2008). The media in Latin America. National medias. Maidenhead, England: Open University Press. (e-book)

McLuhan, M. (2002). "The Medium is the Message." In The Anthropology of Media: A Reader, edited by Kelly Askew & Richard R. Wilko Oxford: Blackwell.

Morley, D. (2000). Home Territories: Media, Mobility and Identity. London & New York: Routledge.

Ruschmann, P. (2006). Media bias. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers. (call number: PN4888.O25 R87) - Also available as an e-book.

Schiller, H. (1976). Communication and Cultural Domination. New York: International Arts & Sciences Press.


Goldberg, J. (2000). Careers in journalism. Chicago, Ill: VGM Career Horizons. (e-book)

Healy, R., Mazierska, E., & Gregory, G. (2007). Careers in media and film: The essential guide. Los Angeles: Sage. (e-book)