Update: 11-2022

Click here to go to The IJPC Journal, Volume 10 - Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

click here to go to The IJPC Journal, Volume 9 - Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

click here to go to The 21st Century Image of the Journalist in Hallmark Films, 2000-2020
Seven Alphabetical Appendices, Introduction, Films by Year and by Job

click here to go to The IJPC Journal, Volume 8 - Fall 2018 - Spring 2020

click here to go to The IJPC Journal, Volume 7 - Spring 2016 - Spring 2018

click here to go to The Image of the Journalist in Silent Film: 1890 to 1929
Appendices One to Twenty-One, 1890 to 1929

click here to go to The IJPC Journal, Volume 6 - Fall 2015

click here to go to The IJPC Journal, Volume 5 - Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

click here to go to The IJPC Journal, Volume 4 - Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

click here to go to The IJPC Journal, Volume 3 - Fall 2011 - Spring 2012

click here to go to The IJPC Journal, Volume 2 - Fall 2010

click here to go to The IJPC Journal, Volume 1 - Fall 2009

An online
peer review journal
now accepting manuscripts
(see criteria for publication below)

Founding Editors

Matthew C. Ehrlich
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sammye Johnson, Editor Emeritus
Trinity University

Joe Saltzman
University of Southern California


 Laura Castañeda
University of Southern California

Richard Ness
Western Illinois University

Joe Saltzman
University of Southern California

Editorial Board

Maurine H. Beasley
University of Maryland

Bonnie Brennen
Marquette University

Katherine Foss
Middle Tennessee State University

Mary-Lou Galician
Arizona State University

Loren Ghiglione
Northwestern University

Howard Good
SUNY, New Paltz

Norma Fay Green
Columbia College, Chicago

Brian McNair
Queensland University of Technology

Richard Ness
Western Illinois University

Radhika Parameswaran
Indiana University

Karen Miller Russell
University of Georgia

Barbie Zelizer
University of Pennsylvania



The IJPC Journal is an online academic journal thatadheres to the highest standards of peer review. Its purpose isto further the mission of the Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture Project to investigate and analyze, through research and publication, the conflicting images of journalists in every aspect of popular culture, from film, television, radio, fiction, commercials, cartoons and comic books to music, art, humor and video games –demonstrating their impact on the public’s perception of journalists.

We believe this has been a long-neglected field for research, one that has been untapped by journalism and masscommunication scholars. By analyzing the images of the journalist in popular culture over the centuries, the researcher can offer a new perspective on the history of journalism as well as the delicate relationship between the public and its news media. The public’s lack of confidence in the news media today is partly based on real-life examples they have seen and heard and partly on characters burned into the public memory from movies, television and fiction. These images of the journalist have a significant influence on how the public perceives and judges the news media. They also affect public opinion and, consequently, the public’s support of the effectiveness and freedom of the news media. Many of these images come from age-old sources, long forgotten yet still relevant in the 21st century.

The word journalist dates back to 1693 and is definedas “one who earns his living by editing or writing for a public journal or journals.” In modern times, the journalist has grown to mean much more than someone simply involved in the production of printed journals. It has become a synonym for reporting and writing in any news medium. We define the journalist in popular cultureas anyone in any century who performs the function of the journalist– to gather and disseminate news and information.


  1. Does the manuscript have a clear focus on a worthwhile subject that is relevant to The IJPC Journal?
  2. Is the manuscript well grounded in existing research related to the subject, with an appropriate literature review and/or methodology?
  3. Does the manuscript make an original scholarlycontribution and critically analyze the subject matter as opposedto merely describing it?
  4. Is the manuscript logically organized?
  5. Is the manuscript well written?


Authors should submit an electronic copy of their manuscript as an e-mail attachment, double-spaced with endnotes,tables and figures at the end of the manuscript. Do not use footnotes. We prefer Word documents for PC.

Although the journal can accommodate monograph length manuscripts, manuscripts no longer than 25 pages (not including tables, graphs, figures, citations, and bibliography) are preferred. Authors are expected to conform to the current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

You should not identify the author anywhere on the main text pages or in the main text file. An abstract of no more than 250 words should be included as a separate electronic file. The abstract should include author identification, full contact information and institutional affiliation. Authors should provide four to six key words or terms on the abstract.

Research manuscripts are blind refereed. Only original manuscripts that have not been submitted or scheduled for publication elsewhere will be considered or published.