Covering American Politics in the 21st Century
An Encyclopedia of News Media Titans, Trends, and Controversies
by Lee Banville
December 2016, 753pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3552-0
$218, £168, 190€, A299
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Discover the business strategies and partisan attitudes that govern modern journalism and political coverage.

This encyclopedia provides a real-world guide to American political journalism and news coverage in the 21st century, from the most influential media organizations and pundits to the controversies and practices shaping modern-day political journalism.

Over the last 20 years, political campaigns and the media that cover them have been fundamentally altered by a mix of technology and money. This timely work surveys the legal, financial, and technological changes that have swept through the political process, putting those changes in context to help readers appreciate how they affect what the public learns—and doesn’t learn—about the candidates and lawmakers at the local, state, and federal levels.

The encyclopedia offers a critical examination of a broad range of topics organized in a narrative, A-to-Z format. Written by journalists and political experts, the two volumes cover the major issues, organizations, and trends affecting both politics and the coverage of political campaigns. Some 200 entries treat everything from news organizations, think tanks, and significant individuals to questions concerning money, advertising, and campaign tactics. Objective, unbiased, and comprehensive, the encyclopedia is an unequaled resource for anyone seeking to understand American political journalism and news coverage in the 21st century.


  • Offers impartial and objective coverage of the largest and most influential individuals and organizations in American political media
  • Explores the ways in which public officials and political activists attempt to spin news coverage
  • Shares in-depth surveys of hot-button issues concerning the practice of both journalism and politics in the modern era
  • Includes hard-hitting primary documents from well-known political and media figures that provide perspectives on what happens when the worlds of news and politics collide
  • Pulls from journalistic and scholarly work as well as firsthand accounts from biographies and official statements to illuminate the intersection of media and politics for readers
Lee Banville is associate professor of journalism at the University of Montana, Missoula, MT. He served as editor-in-chief of the Online NewsHour at PBS for 13 years and authored Debating Our Destiny: Presidential Debate Moments that Defined History.


"This work astutely and impartially details the people, movements, organizations, and issues of contemporary media and its role in the political process. VERDICT A well-written primer that captures the prominence and importance of media in modern-day American politics."—Library Journal, March 10, 2017

"Dovetailing wonderfully with today’s evolving political news climate, this specialized encyclopedia is designed for undergraduates and nonspecialist readers. . . . This will be a welcome addition to public and undergraduate library collections."—Booklist, March 16, 2017

"The work's target audience of high school students, undergraduates, and nonspecialist readers will be able to pursue whatever strikes their curiosity among these interesting and accessible articles. The writers appear to have made a good attempt to provide a balanced perspective. Summing Up: Recommended. Beginning students; general readers."—Choice, July 1, 2017

Best Community College Resource - July 2017—Choice, July 28, 2017
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