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The discipline of communication has grown in popularity from the time professors of journalism and speech decided, in the mid-1960s, that the term “communication” was an excellent general descriptor for the theory and research that each group aspired to create.  Over time, the two groups grew closer and recognized significant overlap in their theoretical and research interests, but there were also differences in their traditions that kept them apart.  While both groups agreed that communication is a practical discipline, journalism professors focused a great deal of their attention on the education of media professionals.  Speech professors, on the other hand, often were more oriented to the liberal arts and valued the fact that communication could be approached from a variety of traditions, including the arts, ...

New Media Journalism
New media journalism

When the first plane hit the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m on September 11, 2001, the New York newsrooms were still waking up. From an editorial floor in midtown Manhattan, it looked like a small private jet from one of the regional airports had tragically wandered off course. When the second plane struck Tower II at 9:03, an editor at the McGraw-Hill building in Rockefeller Center exclaimed, “Oh my God, a press plane must have come in too close.” But everyone knew the press used helicopters. By then, CNN was reporting that at least two airliners had been hijacked from Boston. The awful realization dawned on us: America was under attack.

Newsrooms became electrified in New York and Washington, where ...

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