North American Media


a) To master adequate knowledge of the history of North-American Media.
b) To contextualize the contribution of written and electronic media to the American collective debate over the main social and political issues of the nation’s history.
c) To be able to frame and read critically a selection of journalistic texts (from the colonial period till the end of the Twentieth century-
d) To organize and produce a small research project on a topic of the syllabus.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Teresa Maria Dimas Botelho da Silva


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



Non applicable.


Brenner, S. B. & Hartt, H. (eds.) (2011). The American Journalism History Reader. New York: Routledge.
Burns, E. (2006). Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism. New York: PublicAffais.
Campbell, W. J. (2003). Yellow Journalism: Puncturing the Myths, Defining the Legacies. Westport: Rutgers.
Cray, Ed. et al. (ed.) (2003). American Datelines: Major News Stories from Colonial Times to the Present. Urbana: University of Illinois Press .
Dell´Orto, G. (2013). American Journalism and International Relations: Foreign Correspondence from the Early Republic to the Digital Age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Edgerton, Gary R. (2009). The Columbia History of American Television, New York: Columbia University Press.
Edwards, B. (2004). Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism. Hoboken: John Wiley and Sons.
Novotny, P. J. (2014). The Press in American Politics 1787-2012. Westport: Praeger.

Teaching method

Theoretical introductory exposition of the basic problematics of the syllabus, as contextualization of the primary sources under analysis, followed by student centered group discussions of those primary sources.

Evaluation method

Método de Avaliação - Critical response paper (40%), Writing of short essays in exam form(60%)

Subject matter

1-The emergence of a North-American Press
1.1.Colonial press
1.2.Journalism and revolution
1.3. The Press of the new Republic
2-The Commercial Press
2.1.Penny papers and popular journalism
2.2.Reporting the Civil War
2.3. Muckraker journalism
3-The era of electronic media
3.1. Radio and the reporting of WWII
3.2. The pioneers of TV Journalism
3.3. Vietnam and the media
3.4.The “new journalism”
3.5.Digital journalism