Long-View Historians Attack Sound Bite


HistoryNewsNetwork: HistoryNewsNetwork is a history-related, Internet publication that may be of interest to all historians. The site was created in June 2001 and features articles by historians about current events. According to editor Rick Shenkman, the publication "is the brainchild of historians and journalists who were fed up with the superficiality of sound bite, what-happens-today-is-all-that-counts journalism." The aim is to give journalists and the public a one-stop-shopping website where current events are constantly being put into perspective by historians. HNN is the only website on the Internet wholly devoted to this task. In its first two months the site has drawn three quarters of a million hits. The publication has an advisory panel that includes: Pauline Maier, Gil Troy, Joyce Appleby, James Banner, Walter Nugent, Leonard Steinhorn and Liz Cohen. The magazine features articles by historians on both the left and the right. Submissions from historians about the news events are welcomed and authors are encouraged to inform the editors about new books that bear on public events. To access the site tap into: http://HistoryNewsNetwork.org.

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