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Historic Film Journals and Magazines Online

Would you like to peruse Variety  from 1905 to 1926, or Film Daily  from 1918 to 1948, or look at the Radio Annual and Television Yearbook from 1938 to 1964? These and dozens of other relevant titles are now accessible courtesy of the Media History Digital Library. Currently this site holds over 800,000 pages from these titles; depending on your search, you can retrieve movie advertisements stretching over decades for long-lived actors. Searches can be limited by date, title, collection, format, or language. A must stop for any film fan or film historian.

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“This I Believe” Program

Launched in 1951 and continuing until 1954, the radio program This I Believe, hosted by Edward R Murrow allowed people famous and obscure to declare in five-minute speeches what they held near and dear to them. As Murrow himself put it: “In this brief time each night, a banker or a butcher, a painter or a social worker, people of all kinds who need have nothing more in common than integrity—a real honesty—will talk out loud about the rules they live by, the things they have found to be the basic values in their lives.”(Introduction) Eight hundred of these nightly programs were broadcast and they are all available at the Tufts Digital Library along with transcripts of each speech. More information can be obtained at the Edward R Murrow Collection. Murrow was the chief European correspondent for CBS during World War II, and his and his “boysriveting reports were main sources of information for the people back home. His 1960 documentary Harvest of Shame(YouTube) on the plight of migrant farm workers is considered among the greatest ever produced.

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The Leveson Report on the British Press

The four-volume report, an executive summary, and a speech by Lord Justice Leveson can all be found online. From the executive summary:”… the press is given significant and special rights in this country which I recognise and have freely supported both as barrister and judge. With these rights, however, come responsibilities to the public interest: to respect the truth, to obey the law and to uphold the rights and liberties of individuals. The evidence placed before the Inquiry has demonstrated…these responsibilities…have simply been ignored…by press behaviour that, at times, can only be described as outrageous.”(5) It ends with a framework for regulating the press. (33+) Additional information/analysis is at: Poynter, Columbia Journalism Review, and Times Tpics.

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Letter from America

Spanning the decades from the 1940s to the 2000s, the British journalist Alistair Cooke explained the United States to the United Kingdom and ultimately to ourselves in a series of weekly radio broadcasts on the BBC called Letter from AmericaListen to his letter the day after JFK was killed; read his original script with emendations for his letter on Thanksgiving. The BBC has provided us with 900 of his original broadcasts, searchable by date and theme. Boston University holds 2500 of his scripts, searchable in many ways. These two repositories provide us with a powerful portal to our past as interpreted by an outsider who eventually fell in love with America. Additional biographical information on Cooke can be found at: BBC, PBS, and The New York Times. Here is a C-SPAN video with the author of the first authorized biography of Cooke. And lastly, listen to In Alistair Cooke’s Footsteps, an hour-long broadcast from the BBC.

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How Companies Around the World Use Social Media

This survey involves 17 different countries, including the United States. Experts in each country were asked a series of identical questions on the use of social media in recruitment, disciplining and dismissal, protecting the business, and legal proceedings. For example:  Can a prospective employer ask for your Facebook password? Can your company monitor your use of social media sites during work hours? Can your company dismiss you for using social media sites during work or after work? The answers may surprise you!

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Presidential Campaign TV Commercials, 1952-2012

The Living Room Candidate presents over 300 commercials from the 1952 presidential campaign to the present. The commercials can be searched by year, type, content, and each one is accompanied by a transcript of the broadcast. A brief summary of the individual campaigns, along with the election results, offers an historical perspective to these messages. Some are quite simply cartoonish (literally), while others exhibit sophisticated techniques. No matter in what format they are presented, these commercials were developed to convince people of the rightness of each candidate. Lesson plans are in compliance with national core curriculum standards. Informative links on political commercials are also available.Some relevant articles are:  Measuring the Effects of Televised Political Advertising in the United States; The Effects of Political Advertising on Young Voters; and Political Ads and Citizen Communication.

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