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No Longer Newsworthy: How the Mainstream Media Abandoned the Working Class

Christopher Martin


Workers in the U.S. have been increasingly invisible since the late 1960s, as the news media shifted their focus to upscale audiences and lost sight of the American working class. This bookcharts the decline of labor reporting and the shift in worker news narratives from a labor-based to a consumer-based perspective during the twentieth century. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, most American newspapers became part of large, publicly traded media companies and refocused their target market from a mass audience to upscale readership. America’s white working class, a segment of the broader work ... More

Keywords: Working class, News media, Newspaper, Labor union, Job killer, Conservative media, Donald Trump

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501735257
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501735257.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Martin, author
University of Northern Iowa