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Books by UNC-CH journalism professors cited as among the best of the 20th century

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Three books by faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication have been cited for their significance in the 20th century.

Books by Philip E. Meyer, Knight chair and professor, and Dr. Donald L. Shaw, Kenan professor, were included in the 35 works singled out by the Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly as "significant journalism and communication books" of the 20th century.

A novel by Chuck Stone, Spearman professor of journalism and mass communication, was the subject of a panel of English literature and African-American Studies scholars during the 25th Twentieth Century Literature Conference in February at the University of Louisville.

Meyer is the author of "Precision Journalism: A Reporter's Introduction to Social Science Methods," a seminal work in how to use technology for data-based reporting.

Shaw wrote, with Maxwell E. McCombs, "The Emergence of American Political Issues: The Agenda-Setting Function of the Press," a landmark book about the decisive influence of journalistic analyses on the political process.

Stone's novel about politics in the nation's capital, "King Strut," was praised by Ishmael Reed, a distinguished black writer, as "a skillfully worked novel Š and it's dynamite."

In selecting its list of 35 books, the quarterly noted that since 1924 it had reviewed more than 5,000 books and announced publication of 30,000 titles. Its list, which included books by Walter Lippman, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Marshall McLuhan and Paul Lazarsfeld, was distilled from nominations by members of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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