Professor Barbie Zelizer and alumna Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt (Gr ’11) are the editors of the book, Journalism and Memory (Palgrave Macmillan, February 2014). Dr. Tenenboim-Weinblatt, currently a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was Professor Zelizer’s advisee while a student at Annenberg.
About the book:
Although journalism has always been an important vehicle of collective memory, it has been neglected in discussions about how memory works. This fascinating book aims to correct that disjuncture, by tracking the ways in which journalism and shared memory mutually support, undermine, repair and challenge each other. How is journalism's address to memory different from that of other institutions? What would the study of memory look like without journalism? And how would our understanding of journalism fall short without paying attention to memory? Bringing together leading scholars in journalism and memory studies, this collection makes explicit the longstanding and complicated role that journalism has played in keeping the past alive. From anniversary issues and media retrospectives to simple verbal and visual analogies connecting past and present, journalism incorporates an address to earlier times across the wide array of its conventions and practices. How it does so and which triumphs and problems ensue in our understanding of collective memory constitute the charter of this volume.