Hutchins Commission

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The Commission on Freedom of the Press. (1947). A Free and Responsible Press. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

-This report from the Hutchins Commission deals with the responsibilities of the owners and managers of the press and the common good for the formation of public opinion.


Marzolf, M. T. (1991). Civilizing Voices : American Press Criticism, 1880-1950. White Plains, NY: Longman Publishing Group.
-This book outlines the the history of criticism of the modern American press between the years 1880 and 1950, the time period before the portrayal of journalism in mediums such as television. This book explains the enduring or changing themes of press criticism of the time period.
Siebert, F. S., Peterson, T., & Schramm, W. (1956). Four Theories of the Press. Chicago: The University of Illinois Press.
-This book describes the four major theories that the world's press function upon: the authoritarian theory, the libertarian theory, the social responsibility theory, and the Soviet communist theory. The analysis of these theories summarize the conflict among major approaches to present-day communication.

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