People's Movements, People's Press

People's Movements, People's Press: The Journalism of Social Justice Movements
by Bob Ostertag [Beacon]

Social movement advocacy journalism – from William Lloyd Garrison's Abolitionist to the feminist punk zine Clit Rocket – is the focus for this fine study commissioned by the Independent Press Association. Author Bob Ostertag finds that the measure of success for social movement-based periodicals turns out to be their contributions to movement goals and values rather than measures commonly associated with mainstream commercial press - such as circulation or objectivity. Detailed chapters cover print media of the 19th century abolitionist and suffragist movements, the environmental movement, dissident GIs during the Vietnam War, and the multifaceted gay and lesbian movement. An inspiring and fun read. -jl

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey