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Journalism Professor's Book Wins National Award  

Photo of Professor Matthew PressmanProfessor Matthew Pressman's book, On Press: The Liberal Values That Shaped the News (Harvard University Press), received the 2019 PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers (AAP). 

According to AAP, "The PROSE Awards annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in 58 categories." On Press was chosen as the best scholarly book in the nation in the category of Media and Cultural Studies. 

Referred to as "The Voice of the American Publishing Industry," the AAP was founded in 1970 and is the largest trade organization representing commercial, digital learning and education and professional publishers alongside independents, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies.

In addition to scholarly accolades, the book and its author have received attention in the press and among media pundits, including Time Magazine, The Washington Post (E.J. Dionne column, based on the book), Harvard University's NiemanLab, CSPAN's Book TV, Vanity Fair and Politico (Jack Shafer reviewed the book, calling it an "answer to his prayers" for "a new way to think about the so-called crisis over 'trust' in the press").

More recently, former White House Counsel Robert Bauer cited Pressman's book in an article he wrote for The Atlantic, entitled “Can Freedom of the Press Survive David Pecker?” In it, Bauer writes

In his recent book On Press, Matthew Pressman has written that the press is now "undergoing the greatest change in its ideals and practices … since the 1970s." Norms of "objectivity" are under active debate and reevaluation.

The economics of the profession are relevant here, of course. Declining resources for reporting translate into more dependence on sources and closer relationships with them, and those relationships can be built on shared interests in a highly polarized political environment. This is especially significant at a time when, as Pressman points out, traditional news organizations are increasingly appealing to particular readerships characterized by distinctive political, ideological, and cultural commitments.

Pressman was also featured in Quill Magazine in an article about the press coverage of the Mueller report and Russia investigation; quoted in the Columbia Journalism Review in an article about a journalism ethics dilemma depicted in a Superman comic; interviewed in depth for the popular podcast, The Politics Guys, and reviewed by Steve Halvonik in the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette.

Pressman's book: On Press: The Liberal Values That Shaped the News

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