Federal News Management in the Progressive Era: Gifford Pinchot and the Conservation Crusade

Ponder, Stephen
June 1986
Journalism History;Summer86, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p42
Academic Journal
The article explores the federal sources of news management outside the White House during the administration of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and in the context of the Progressive Era. It suggests that the establishment of federal news management in the period was associated with the changing expectations about the role of news in defining public support for reform of the American political and economic system. Moreover, it recognizes the success of Gifford Pinchot's publicity campaign that prompted the first congressional challenge to executive news management and the enactment of the legislation to restrict the hiring of publicity experts by federal agencies in 1913.


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