Field trip to NYC?

September 14, 2009

Book History Colloquium at Columbia
September 16, 2009

Andie Tucher, Associate Professor

Director of the Communications Ph.D.  Program, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University

“True to Life”

He has dirty fingernails, he smells of beer, you have no idea who he is, and
he’s asking you questions that he wants to quote in “the paper”! The being
known as the American “reporter” was invented in the nineteenth century as
journalism underwent a  radical transformation from a mostly partisan
argument to a  generally independent and commercially valuable information
system.  I will discuss the development of the most elemental task of
journalism: How did reporters work to build credibility, and how and why did
readers decide to believe them — or not? What were the strategies, styles,
techniques, and understandings that two parties of strangers otherwise known
as reporters and readers used to build descriptions of the world about which
both would agree: this seems true to life?



  1. Since you’ve framed this as a question and I’m always up for a good adventure, how about some more details?

  2. We already missed the talk (On Sept 16).

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