W. Joseph Campbell




The Media Myth Alert blog calls attention to the appearance and publication of media-driven myths — stories about and/or by the news media that are widely believed and often retold but which, under scrutiny, prove to be apocryphal or wildly exaggerated.

Media Myth Alert also seeks to promote Getting It Wrong, which was published in July 2010 by University of California Press. An expanded second edition was published in October 2016.

Getting It Wrong is a winner of the Sigma Delta Chi award for research about journalism, a national award of the Society for Professional Journalists.

The author of Media Myth Alert is W. Joseph Campbell, a tenured full professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. He is a former professional journalist, having reported for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Hartford Courant, and the Associated Press in a 20-year career that took him across North America to Europe, West Africa, and parts of Asia.

Including Getting It Wrong, Campbell is the author of six books. His well-received year-study, 1995: The Year the Future Began, was published in 2015. (Please see Campbell’s 1995 Blog.)

His other books include Yellow Journalism: Puncturing the Myths, Defining the Legacies (2001) and The Year That Defined American Journalism: 1897 and the Clash of Paradigms (2006).

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