North American Media


a) To identify tendencies, roles and dynamics in key moments of the history of American media;

b) To contextualize the contribution of the writen /eletronic press in the American national dialogue on the major social and political issues of US history;

c) To contextualize and read critically a selection of journalistic texts;

d)To research and organize, under supervision, a short critical essay centered on a theme of the syllabus (a historical moment, a specific media outlet, the work of an individual journalist), to be presented orally.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Teresa Raquel Nunes Pereira


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





Castleman, Harry and Walter J. Podrazik , Watching TV: Eight Decades of American Television, (Third Edition), Syracuse; Syracuse University Press, 2016

Carroll, Fred, Race News: Black Journalists and the Fight for Racial Justice in the Twentieth Century, Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2017

Daly,Christopher B., Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation's Journalism (revised and Expanded edition), Boston: University of Massahussets Press 2018

Dubbs, Chris and Judy Woodruff, An Unladylike Profession: American Women War Correspondents in World War I. Lincoln: Potomac Books/University of Nebrasca Press, 2020

Evensen, Bruce J. Journalism and the American Experience. New York: Routledge 2018

Gorton, Stephanie, Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the Magazine That Rewrote America. New York: Ecco/Haper Collins, 2020

Katz, James E. and Kate K. Mays (eds) Journalism and Truth in an Age of Social Media, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019

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

Continuous Assessment - Oral presentation of short research essay(40%), Writing of short essays in exam form(60%)

Subject matter

I The emergence of a North-American Press

a)Colonial press

b) Journalism and revolution

c) The Press of the new Republic

II Consolidation and profissionalization

a) Penny papers and popular journalism

b) Reporting the Civil War

c) Muckraker journalism

III The era of electronic media

a) Radio and the reporting of WWII

b) The pioneers of TV Journalism

c) Vietnam and the media

d) The "new journalism"” e) Digital journalism