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- DescriptionAt a time when mainstream news media are hemorrhaging and doomsayers are predicting the death of journalism, take heart: the First Amendment is alive and well in small towns across America. In Emus Loose in Egnar, award-winning journalist Judy Muller takes the reader on a grassroots tour of rural American newspapers, from an Indian reservation in Montana to the Alaska tundra to Martha's Vineyard, and discovers that many weeklies are t just surviving, but thriving. In these small towns, stories can range from club news to Klan news, from broken treaties to broken hearts, from banned books to escaped emus; they document the births, deaths, crimes, sports, and local shenanigans that might seem to matter only to those who live there. And yet, as this book shows us, these little stories create a mosaic of American life that tells us a great deal about who we are-what moves us, angers us, amuses us. Filled with characters both quirky and courageous, the book is a heartening reminder that there is a different kind of bottom line in the hearts of journalists who keep churning out good stories, week after week, for the corniest of reasons: that our freedoms depend on it. Not that they would put it that way, necessarily. In the words of one editor in Colorado, If we found a political official misusing taxpayer funds, we wouldn't hesitate to nail him to a stump.
- Author BiographyJudy Muller is an associate professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California and is the author of Now This: Radio, Television, and the Real World. She is also an NPR commentator and has worked as a correspondent for ABC, CBS, and PBS, winning numerous Emmy awards and, in 2010, the prestigious Peabody Award. She began her career at a weekly newspaper in Freehold, New Jersey. She now resides in Los Angeles, California, and Norwood, Colorado. She prefers Norwood.
- Author(s)Judy Muller
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication01/07/2011
- Place of PublicationLincoln
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Content Note8 photographs
- Weight458 g
- Width3556 mm
- Height5487 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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