Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications

1st Edition

Editors: Donald Johnston
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123876706
eBook ISBN: 9780080547794
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 24th April 2003
Page Count: 2733


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Everyone agrees that we're living in the Information Age. How have we shaped the Information Age, and how has it shaped us? The Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications exhaustively explores the ways that editorial content--from journalism and scholarship to films and infomercials is developed, presented, stored, analyzed, and regulated around the world. For readers and researchers of all levels, the Encyclopedia provides perspective and context about content, delivery systems, and their myriad relationships, as well as clearly drawn avenues for further research.

Key Features

  • Articles begin with easily understandable concepts and become increasingly sophisticated, satisfying the needs of all readers
  • Articles by leading authors from major institutions, organizations, and corporations around the world
  • Contains approximately 220 separate articles, all original contributions commissioned for this work
  • Extensive cross-referencing system links related articles; "further reading" lists appear at the end of each entry


University, research, public, and special libraries worldwide. The comprehensive coverage of media in countries and regions worldwide should increase the appeal of the project because everybody can find themselves in it. Schools of journalism and communication, as well as professional journalism and communication organizations. Communications organizations include news and information creators and distributors as well as advertising agencies, television and movie studios, broadcasters, publishers, the telecommunications industry, technology creators, military and security groups, and law firms concerned with copyright and freedom of speech issues. Because of its focus on technologies, there could be interest as well among organizations interested in high technologies' applications


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About the Editor

Donald Johnston

With degrees from Cornell and Columbia, Donald H. "Pete" Johnston worked as a reporter and editor in the foreign department at United Press International before becoming an editor and writer for the "Week in Review" section at "The New York Times." He then became a professor in the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where he also served as its Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.In 1990 he moved to the School of International and Public Affairs to head the media and communications program. He is the author of The Bumpy Road to Disarmament, Journalism and the Media .

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of International Media and Communications program in the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, New York, U.S.A.


"Edited by Donald H. Johnston, the Encyclopedia offers a comprehensive, scholarly review of both the historic background and current state of mass communication worldwide... The Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications measures up to the standards set by other Academic Press titles... academic libraries supporting communications majors will want it in their collections, as will larger public libraries where there is interest." --AGAINST THE GRAIN

"EIMC's [Encyclopedia of International Media and Communication] international authorship consists mainly of academics, a quarter of whom are from 26 countries outside the US—a globally diverse pool... EIMC's international scope... sets it apart from mass media or journalism encyclopedias... Recommended." --CHOICE

"This encyclopedia comes at a time when a good synthesizing reference source is needed to provide a history and a recent snapshot of the world's media... The index is quite detailed, sometimes even referring users to information in illustration captions... This set provides students and the interested public with important facts and insights into the changing roles and functions of old and new media. Expensive but a good value, it is recommended for academic and large public libraries." --BOOKLIST

"As the first of its kind, this Encyclopedia reaches into different aspects of media and brings about a detailed and comprehensive picture of international communications. It certainly helps us to understand the nature of media better in spite of the complexity they appear to present." --Yang Lan, Sun Media Group Holdings Ltd.

"This is a grand contribution to understanding media, media industries and related topics produced by some of the world's most fertile minds and presided over by an eminent leader in international communication. It is the most comprehensive and even exhaustiv