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McChesney co-edits, with John Nerone, the History of Communication Series for the University of Illinois Press, serves on the editorial boards of several journals, and is a research advisor to numerous academic and civic organizations.
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It is awarded to researchers and activists who, through their research and / or production work, have made significant contributions to the study and practice of democratic communication .” Along with John Nichols, McChesney was awarded the U. S. Newspaper Guild ’ s 2010 Herbert Block Freedom Award ; according to the Guild ’ s Executive Council, “ the two of you have done more for press freedom than anyone.
Published originally by the University of Illinois Press in 1999 with a paperback edition published by New Press in 2000, this book is arguably the most widely read and renowned of McChesney ’ s books.
Nichols and McChesney are sharply critical of the news media for being complicit with warmaking and conventional wisdom asininity, and argue that structural reform will be the only effective solution.
The book weaves in McChesney ’ s personal odyssey through academia, and concludes with perhaps the most detailed account of the rise of the U. S. media reform movement from the mid-1990s to 2007.
Along with John Nichols and Josh Silver, in late 2002 McChesney co-founded Free Press, a national organization dedicated to media reform and democratization.
McChesney pinpoints the beginning of governmental oversight with the regulatory role imposed on the U. S. government at the advent of broadcast, where government was required to enforce the broadcasting rights of a limited number of participants.
John Nichols & Robert W. McChesney, It's the Media, Stupid !, with forewords by Paul Wellstone, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Ralph Nader.
Laura Stein and Amit Schejter, “ Interview with Robert McChesney ,” Journal of Communication Inquiry, Vol.
“ The State of the Media: An Interview with Robert McChesney .” In Meghan Boler, editor, Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times.
Derrick Jensen, " Free Press For Sale, How Corporations Have Bought the First Amendment: An Interview with Robert McChesney.
Austin Indymedia, “ Web Exclusive McChesney Interview ,” with Matt Tedrow, Austin Independent Media Center, 11 February.
Jeremy Glantz, “ 20 Questions with Robert McChesney and John Nichols ,” In These Times website, 18 May.
Matthew Rothschild, “ Why We Need to Subsidize Journalism: An Exclusive Interview with Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols ,” The Progressive, 24 January.
Tanner Mirrlees, “ Media Capitalism, the State and 21st Century Media Democracy Struggles: An Interview with Robert McChesney ,” The Bullet, 9 August.
Joseph McCombs, “ No News, Good News: Talking with Media Agitator Robert McChesney about Propaganda, PBS, and punditry ,” Village Voice online, 13 July.
Brian K. Mahoney, “ The Problem of the Media: An Interview with Robert McChesney ,” Chronogram, July, pp. 16 – 23.
Bill Moyers, “ Bill Moyers Talks with John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney, PBS website, 21 February.
Meria Heller, “ Deliberate ‘ Dumbing Down ’ of America: Meria with Robert McChesney .” In Meria Heller, The Awakening of an American: How My Country Broke My Heart.
Brian Sarzynski, “ Thinking Outside the Vox ( Populi ): An Interview with Outspoken Media Critic Robert McChesney ,” mountainx. com, Vol.
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* Free Press ( organization ), a USA media advocacy organization founded by professor Robert W. McChesney and journalist John Nichols
Notable contributors to the magazine have included Alexander Cockburn, Barbara Ehrenreich, Laura Flanders, Annette Fuentes, Juan Gonzalez, David Graeber, Glenn Greenwald, Miles Harvey, Paul Hockenos, George Hodak, Doug Ireland, John Judis, Naomi Klein, Lucy Komisa, Robert McChesney, Rick Perlstein, Kim Phillips-Fein, Jeffrey St. Clair, Jane Slaughter, James Thindwa, Kurt Vonnegut, Joan Walsh, Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Fred Weir, Paul Wellstone, G. Pascal Zachary, and Slavoj Žižek.
John Nichols & Robert W. McChesney, Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media-Election Complex is Destroying America.
John Bellamy Foster & Robert W. McChesney, The Endless Crisis: How Monopoly-Finance Capital Produces Stagnation and Upheaval from the USA to China.
Robert W. McChesney & John Nichols, The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again.
John Nichols & Robert W. McChesney, Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy.
Robert W. McChesney & John Nichols, Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle Against Corporate Media.
Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols, " The Bull Market: Political Advertising ," Monthly Review, Vol.
John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney, “ The Global Stagnation and China ,” Monthly Review, Vol.
John Bellamy Foster, Robert W. McChesney and R. Jamil Jonna, “ The Global Reserve Army of Labor and the New Imperialism ,” Monthly Review, Vol.
John Bellamy Foster, Robert W. McChesney and R. Jamil Jonna, “ The Internationalization of Monopoly Capital ,” Monthly Review, Vol.
John Bellamy Foster, Robert W. McChesney and R. Jamil Jonna, “ Monopoly and Competition in Twenty-First Century Capitalism ,” Monthly Review, Vol.