Journalism – Newspapers – Publishing – TV – Radio

Free online books on the journalism profession, newspaper publishing, book publishing, TV and Radio broadcasting, telecommunications, the broadcast media. Late 19th to 21st Centuries.

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Journalism Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Journalism”. Be patient as the page loads.

Journalism History Collection

Hundreds of free online books on the Internet Archive, resulting from a search of texts on “Journalism History”. Be patient as the page loads.

Publishing Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Publishers and Publishing”. Be patient as the page loads.

Book Industries & Trade Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Book Industries and Trade”. Be patient as the page loads.

What Liberal Media?: The Truth about Bias and the News

Alterman, Eric
Basic 2003        Dewey Dec.    302

“Widely acclaimed and hotly contested, veteran journalist Eric Alterman’s ambitious investigation into the true nature of the U.S. news media touched a nerve and sparked debate across the country. As the question of whose interests the media protects-and how-continues to raise hackles, Alterman’s sharp, utterly convincing assessment cuts through the cloud of inflammatory rhetoric, settling the question of liberal bias in the news once and for all. Eye-opening, witty, and thoroughly and solidly researched, What Liberal Media? is required reading for media watchers, and anyone concerned about the potentially dangerous consequences for the future of democracy in America.” -Publisher

Contents: Bias, slander, and bs — You’re only as liberal as the man who owns you — The punditocracy one: television — The punditocracy two: print — The punditocracy three: radio and the Internet — The punditocracy four: experts and the world of ideas — What social bias? — What economic bias? — The Clinton Administration — The 2000 election — Florida — W’s world — The (really) conservative media — Conclusion: an honorable profession.

Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication

University of Minnesota Libraries 2016       

“Will support an engaging and interesting course experience for students that will not only show them the powerful social, political and economic forces that will affect the future of media technology, but will challenge students to do their part in shaping that future.” – Open Textbook Library Website

Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism

Burns, Eric
Public Affairs 2006        Dewey Dec.    071

“From the sniping feuds among Boston’s first papers to sex scandals involving Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, the snappy patter gives clear indication of how much Burns … relishes telling his story.” -Pub Wkly

Art of Newspaper Making. Three Lectures

Dana, C. A.
Appleton 1895        Dewey Dec.    070

Contents: The modern American newspaper; The profession of journalism; The making of a newspaper man.

Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media (Vol 1)

– Volume 2

– Volume 3

– Volume 4

– Volume 5

Gale 2012        Dewey Dec.    070

Identifies specific print and broadcast sources of news and advertising for trade, business, labor, and professionals. Arrangement is geographic with a thumbnail description of each local market. Indexes are classified (by format and subject matter) and alphabetical (by name and keyword).

Getting it Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books

Germano, William P.
Univ. of Chicago 2001        Dewey Dec.    070.5

“The author deconstructs and demystifies what publishers and editors actually do and what authors should look for in finding the right house for their subject and in putting the right words in their contract. He also does a lot of hand-holding through the review process and the production of the manuscript.” -Booklist

Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children’s Literature

Marcus, Leonard S.
Houghton Mifflin 2008        Dewey Dec.    070.5

Contents: Providence and purpose in Colonial America and the young republic — Wonder in the wake of war : publishing for the children from the gilded age to the dawn of the new century — Innocence lost and found : the 1920s — Sisters in crisis and in conflict : the 1930s — World War and mass market : the 1940s — Fun and fear : the 1950s — Shaken and stirred : the 1960s — Change and more change : the 1970s — Suits and wizards at the millennium’s gate

The Immigrant Press and Its Control

Park, Robert E.
NY: Harper & Brothers 1922        Dewey Dec.    070.4

This is a volume in the “Americanization Studies” series, which studied the methods of various agencies engaged in the work of Americanization of immigrants. The series was funded by the Carnegie Corporation, which often provided funding to such agencies. Headings are:

Part 1. Soil for the Immigrant Press
1. Why There is a Foreign-Language Press – 2. European Backgrounds of the Immigrant Press – 3. The Immigrant Press and Assimilation – 4. Enlightenment Through the Press

Part 2. Contents of the Foreign-Language Press
5. Advertising – 6. The Provincial Press – 7. The Cosmopolitan Press – 8. The Cosmopolitan Press and the War – 9. The Class War

Part 3. Natural History of the Immigrant Press
10. Press Established by the Early Immigrants – 11. The Later Immigrant Press – 12. The Press Reflects its Group – 13. The Struggle for Existence – 14. The Survival of the Fittest

Part 4. Control of the Press
15. The Levers of Control – 16. The Manipulations of Hammerling – 17. Enemy Propaganda and Government Intervention – 18. Control through Alliance

Reporting from Washington: The History of the Washington Press Corps

Ritchie, Donald A.
Oxford Univ. 2005        Dewey Dec.    071

“The author focuses on the period from 1932, when the rising influence of radio and FDR’s aggressive politicking broke the dominance of newspapers, until 2001, when the terrorist attacks on the U.S. refocused attention on the government and the press… Ritchie presents a rich perspective on the people who write the first draft of history…” -Booklist

Writing for Strategic Communication Industries

Roberts, Jasmine
Ohio State University Libraries 2016       

“Good writing skills are important in today’s competitive work environment. This is especially the case for communication-related professions such as public relations, brand communication, journalism, and marketing. ‘Writing for Strategic Communication Industries’ emphasizes practical application of academic inquiry to help readers improve their writing skills.” -Open Textbook Library Website


Broadcasting and Telecommunications; TV & Radio

Television Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Television”. Be patient as the page loads.

TV History Collection

Hundreds of free online books on the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for texts on “TV History”. Be patient as the page loads.

Telecommunications Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Telecommunications”. Be patient as the page loads.

American Television Directory: Official Yearbook of the American Television Society, Inc.

American Television Directory, Official Yearbook of the American Television Society Book Cover

American Television Society
American Television Society 1946        Dewey Dec.    384

This is the first directory or yearbook by this organization, which had been recently created for this entirely new industry. The publication is made up of approximately 40 contributed articles, and also includes information about the American Television Society. Among the articles are: ‘Is Television Tomorrow’s Radio?’; ‘The Bell System’s Plan for Tele-networks’; ‘Sports for Millions by Television’; ‘The Economics of Television’; ‘Televised News for Theater-goers’; ‘Television and Fashion’; ‘Is Today’s Television Here to Stay?’; ‘Publications Reporting Television’. Bibliography included.

Radio Amateur’s Hand Book

The Radio Amateur's Handbook Book Cover

Collins, Frederick
Rowe 1922        Dewey Dec.    384

Subtitle: “A complete, authentic and informative work on wireless telegraphy and telephony”.
Chapter headings are: 1. How to Begin Wireless, 2. Putting up your Aerial, 3. Simple Telegraph and Telephone Receiving Sets, 4. Simple Telegraph Sending Sets, 5. Electricity Simply Explained, 6. How the Transmitting and Receiving Sets Work, 7. Mechanical and Electrical Tuning, 8. A Simple Vacuum Tube Detector Receiving Set, 9. Vacuum Tube Amplifier Receiving Sets, 10. Regenerative Amplification Receiving Sets, 11. Short Wave Regenerative Receiving Sets, 12. Intermediate and Long Wave Regenerative Receiving Sets, 13. Heterodyne or Beat Long Wave Telegraph Receiving Set, 14. Headphones and Loud Speakers, 15. Operation of Vacuum Tube Receptors, 16. Continuous Wave Telegraph Transmitting Sets with Direct Current, 17. Continuous Wave Telegraph Transmitting Sets with Alternating Current, 18. Wireless Telephone Transmitting Sets with Direct and Alternating Currents, 19. The Operation of Vacuum Tube Transmitters, 20. How to Make a Receiving Set for $5.00 or Less, Appendix

Understanding Broadcasting

Understanding Broadcasting Book Cover

Foster, Eugene S.
Addison-Wesley 1978        Dewey Dec.    384

A Thread Across the Ocean: The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable

A Thread Across the Ocean, The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable Book Cover

Gordon, John Steele
Walker 2002        Dewey Dec.    384.1

The author “has written a lively, engaging account of the extraordinary efforts that brought about this remarkable scientific, technological, and business feat.” -Libr J

Telegraph Engineering

Telegraph Engineering Book Cover

Hausmann, Erich
Van Nostrand 1922        Dewey Dec.    384

Subtitle: “A manual for practicing telegraph engineers and engineering students”.
“Considers overland and submarine telegraph engineering in their ordinary and also in their less commonly discussed applications. Among the latter are included fire alarm and police patrol systems, telautograph, television, and military induction systems. Does not deal with wireless work.”
“A knowledge of algebra is essential for the study of the theoretical parts, and familiarity with calculus is desirable, though the descriptive chapters and the portions on traffic should make the volume interesting and valuable to all telegraph workers.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Science and Useful Arts (1931)

Television Broadcasting: An Introduction

Television Broadcasting, an Introduction Book Cover

Hilliard, Robert L., ed.
Hastings House 1978        Dewey Dec.    384

Outline of Radio

The Outline of Radio Book Cover

Hogan, John Vincent Lawless
Little, Brown 1923        Dewey Dec.    384

“A reliable, interestingly written introduction to the study of radio, designed for the average reader and intended to answer the questions: What is radio? How did it happen? What makes it work? An excellent book for the beginner.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Science and Useful Arts (1931)

Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age

Death of a Pirate, British Radio and the Making of the Information Age Book Cover

Johns, Adrian
Norton 2011        Dewey Dec.    384.5

Johns “portrays the British radio pirates not in the warm glow of sentimental memory that the period usually enjoys but in the historian’s cold bright light. ‘Death of a Pirate’ is, in its way, a treasure.” -Wall Street J

Selected Articles on Government Ownership of Telegraph and Telephone

Selected Articles on Government Ownership of Telegraph and Telephone Book Cover

Judson, Katharine B., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1914        Dewey Dec.    384

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (, then at Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

Wireless Telegraphy and Wireless Telephony; An Elementary Treatise

Wireless Telegraphy and Wireless Telephony Book Cover

Kennelly, Arthur Edwin
Moffat, Yard 1913        Dewey Dec.    384

“One of the best works for the general reader, clear, untechnical, authoritative. Incorporates the development in wireless telegraphy since the first edition (1906) and adds description of wireless telephony.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904-11

Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age

Appetite for Self-Destruction, The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry Book Cover

Knopper, Steve
Soft Skull 2010        Dewey Dec.    384

Knopper “provides a wide-angled, morally complicated view of the current state of the music business. He doesn’t let those rippers and burners among us—that is, those who download digital songs without paying for them, and you know who you are—entirely off the hook. But he suggests that with even a little foresight, record companies could have adapted to the Internet’s brutish and quizzical new realities and thrived.” -NY Times Book Rev

Radio For Everybody

Radio for Everybody Book Cover

Lescarboura, Austin C.
Scientific American 1922        Dewey Dec.    384

Subtitle: “Being A Popular Guide To Practical Radio-Phone Reception And Transmission And To The Dot-And-Dash Reception And Transmission Of The Radio Telegraph, For The Layman Who Wants To Apply Radio For His Pleasure And Profit Without Going Into The Special Theories And The Intricacies Of The Art.”
Chapter headings are: 1. The Elements of Radio Reception and Transmission, 2. Radio-Phone Broadcasting — What it is and What it Means, 3. Dot-and-Dash Broadcasting : From Market News to Time Signals, 4. Receiving Equipment and the Interception of Radio Waves, 5. Operating the Radio Receiving Set and Mastering the Telegraph Code, 6. Making Big Sounds Out of Little Ones, or the Gentle Art of Amplifying, 7. Transmitting the Dot and Dashes of the Damped Radio Telegraph, 8. The Radio-Telephone Transmitter and C. W. Telegraph Transmitter, 9. The Unusual Uses of Radio on Land and Sea and in the Air, 10. Radio in Working Clothes or the Application of Radio to Everyday Business, 11. How to Construct Simple Radio Receiving Sets for Radio-Phone Programs, 12. The Radio-Telephone of Today and Tomorrow

One Nation under Television

One Nation Under Television Book Cover

MacDonald, J. Fred
Pantheon 1990        Dewey Dec.    384

Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media (5 vols)

An Annual Guide to Publications and Broadcasting Stations, including newspapers, journals, radio stations, television stations, and cable systems

Miskelly, Matthew, ed.
Gale 2016       

Vol 1: U.S. & Canada: Alabama-New Hampshire
Vol 2: U.S. and Canada: New Jersey-Wyoming, Canada
Vol 3: U.S. and Canada: Broadcast Networks and News and Feature Syndicates, Indexes and Tables
Vol 4: U.S. and Canada: Regional Market Index
Vol 5: International: International Indexes

Understanding Society, Culture, and Television

Understanding Society, Culture, and Television Book Cover

Monaco, Paul
Praeger 2000        Dewey Dec.    384

Target: Prime Time: Advocacy Groups and the Struggle Over Entertainment Television

Target Prime Time, advocacy groups and the struggle over entertainment television Book Cover

Montgomery, Kathryn C.
Oxford University 1989        Dewey Dec.    384

Wireless Nation: The Frenzied Launch of the Cellular Revolution in America

Wireless Nation, The Frenzied Launch of the Cellular Revolution in America Book Cover

Murray, James B. Jr.
Perseus 2001        Dewey Dec.    384.5

An account of the development and growth of the communications industry with speculations about its future.

Television: The Critical View

Television, the Critical View Book Cover

Newcomb, Horace
Oxford University 1994        Dewey Dec.    384

A collection of essays and articles by various authors.

Principles of Wireless Telegraphy

Principles of Wireless Telegraphy Book Cover

Pierce, George Washington
McGraw-Hill 1910        Dewey Dec.    384

“Excellent work for the student, scientific and authoritative. its distinguishing features are its completeness as to practical points and the amount of information on recent developments.” -A.L.A.Catalog 1904-11

Introduction to Telecommunications

Introduction to Telecommunications Book Cover

Rosengrant, Martha A.
Prentice Hall 2002        Dewey Dec.    384

The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry

The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry Book Cover

Slide, Anthony
Scarecrow 1998        Dewey Dec.    384

This reference “covers studios, companies, clubs and associations, and related concepts. Lots here that is not found elsewhere.” -Booklist

Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music

Selling Sounds the Commercial Revolution in American Music Book Cover

Suisman, David
Harvard Univ. 2009        Dewey Dec.    338.4

“A fascinating, well-written, richly detailed story of how music became a commodity in America … [Suisman’s] scholarship is amazingly wide-ranging.” -Washington Times

Encyclopedia Of Television Shows 1925 Through 2009

Terrace, Vincent
McFarland 1981

“Coverage begins at a time when only a handful of television receivers existed … Entries are organized alphabetically by program title and cover network, cable, syndicated prime time, late night, daytime and Saturday morning programs. In addition to regular series, aired and unaired pilot films are also included … Entries reflect detailed storyline information and performer and character casts. 9,375 program entries.

Telephonology. A Description of Modern Telephone Appliances

Telephonology Book Cover

Van Deventer, Harry Randolph
McGraw-Hill 1910        Dewey Dec.    384

Subtitle: “A common sense treatise of the erection, equipment and maintenance of telephone exchanges. Line, instrument and switchboard troubles and their remedies”.
“Very complete, simple presentation of practically all phases of telephone work, for practical men or students not expert in telephone matters.” -A.L.A.Catalog 1904-11

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