Bob Edwards’ Edward Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism is a short biography about the man that established and revolutionized broadcast journalism. Bob Edwards has ample experience in broadcast journalism as a radio news and talk show host for over 30 years (Biography.com). It is no surprise that Edwards takes a particular interest in writing about Edward Murrow since he certainly influenced Edwards’ career in radio news. While he conducted most of his research through secondary sources, he relied heavily on books by close co-workers of Murrow. With that said, Edward Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism is a great streamlined tale of Murrow’s journey from a logger, to an education advocate, to broadcast journalism.
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`There is one major flaw in this book that could not possibly be overcome. In writing about Murrow’s accolades, it is necessary to transcribe some of his broadcasts. The problem is that when a person is reading what he had spoken, it loses some of its weight. Murrow’s use of pauses to increase the dramatic effect and offer a second to reflect is lost in the printed words. For example, the humanity and emotion in his voice during the Buchenwald broadcast (pages 66 to 70) is lost in the printed word. When hearing his voice describe the horrible sights at the concentration camp, it is hard to deny your feelings toward the Nazi’s and the imprisoned.
Overall, Bob Edwards’ Edward Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism was a great book. It is concise, informative, and hits the major highlights of Murrow’s career from falling backwards into broadcasting until the cancellation of See It Now and his work for the Kennedy Administration. Reading this book will peak your interest in Murrow’s projects and life and will prompt you to scour the internet or libraries for audio and/or video clips of Murrow’s broadcasts to be able to soak in his broadcasting professionalism and perfection. Edwards, B. (2003). Edward murrow and the birth of broadcast journalism. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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