Becoming the Second City: Chicago's Mass News Media, 1833-1898

Title

Becoming the Second City: Chicago's Mass News Media, 1833-1898

Department

Communication

Document Type

Book

Files

Description

Becoming the Second City examines the development of Chicago's press and analyzes coverage of key events in its history to call attention to the media's impact in shaping the city's cultural and historical landscape. In concise, extensively documented prose, Richard Junger illustrates how nineteenth-century newspapers acted as accelerants that boosted the growth of Chicago in its early history by continually making and remaking the city's public image as the nation's populous "Second City." Highlighting the newspaper industry's involvement in the business and social life of Chicago, Junger casts newspaper editors and reporters as critical intermediaries between the elite and the larger public and revisits key events and issues including the Haymarket Square bombing, the 1871 fire, the Pullman Strike, and the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. A former news reporter, Richard Junger is an associate professor of communication and English at Western Michigan University and the author of The Journalist as Reformer: Henry Demarest Lloyd and Wealth Against Commonwealth.

ISBN

978-0252077852

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

University of Illinois Press

City

Urbana

Keywords

journalism, Illinois, Chicago, history, 19th century

Disciplines

Critical and Cultural Studies | Journalism Studies | Mass Communication