SMPA prof. to lead release of journalism encyclopedia

A new “encyclopedia of journalism” is being released under the direction of School of Media and Public Affairs professor Christopher Sterling, and will include contributions from several other professors and SMPA graduate students.

The encyclopedia will be a six-volume set of books covering print, broadcast, Internet journalism, U.S. and international perspectives, history, technology, legal issues and court cases, and ownership and economics.

Sterling said working with his fellow SMPA contributors – including Michael Freedman, former vice president of communications and general manager of CBS Radio News Network – was his “favorite part” of the entire process. Freedman wrote two chapters of the book: “The History of CBS News” and “The History of Radio Newscasters.”

“It was a real honor and a pleasure [to work on the encyclopedia],” Freedman said.

According to Sterling, the encyclopedia should be available in about a month. There is also a book party planned for mid-October in New York, he said.

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