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 2010 by University of California Press.

Getting It Wrong won the 2010 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, Asia, and West Africa.

Including Getting It Wrong, Campbell is the author of six books; his most recent work is 1995: The Year the Future Began. (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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