Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award

The 2018 Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award

2018 Winner of The Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award

Julia Guarneri, Newsprint Metropolis: City Papers and the Making of Modern Americans. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

In concise, lively prose, Newsprint Metropolis examines the historical development of American newspapers between 1880 and 1930, exploring in detail the major dailies published in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Milwaukee. With a particular focus on features—always the most popular sections of the paper—author Julia Guarneri offers a fascinating look into the deeply intertwined relationships between these news institutions and the rapidly growing and changing cities they served. As Guarneri recounts, urban readers “used their daily papers as maps that could help them navigate the modern city and the modern world” (p. 7). Advice and etiquette columns offered tips on negotiating the bustle of city life, while features and advertisements spun visions of a distinctly modern self, one constructed from commodities, consumption, and mass culture. In doing so, the daily paper encouraged readers to imagine themselves as part of a newsprint metropolis, as “New Yorkers” or “Chicagoans” bound symbolically to their neighbors through the daily flow of stories about life in the modern city. In an era in which the American press is under attack—both figuratively and literally—Guarneri’s Newsprint Metropolis reminds us that, despite their flaws and limits, local media institutions have long played a crucial role in city life by facilitating public conversations and nurturing collective identities. We lose these institutions at our great peril.

Previous Recipients of The Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award

2017

Evelyn M. Perry, Live and Let Live: Diversity, Conflict, and Community in an Integrated Neighborhood (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2017).

2016

Peter Laurence, Becoming Jane Jacobs (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).

Peter Laurence, Becoming Jane Jacobs (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).

2015

Ben Campkin, Remaking London: Decline and Regeneration in Urban Culture (I.B. Tauris, 2013).

Ben Campkin, Remaking London: Decline and Regeneration in Urban Culture (I.B. Tauris, 2013).

2014

Mark Shiel, Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles (Reaktion Books, 2012).

Mark Shiel, Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles (Reaktion Books, 2012).

2013

Spoma Jovanovic, Democracy, Dialogue, and Community Action: Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro (The University of Arkansas Press, 2012).

Spoma Jovanovic, Democracy, Dialogue, and Community Action: Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro (The University of Arkansas Press, 2012).

Teresa Bergman, Exhibiting Patriotism: Creating and Contesting Interpretations of American Historic Sites (Left Coast Press, 2013).

Teresa Bergman, Exhibiting Patriotism: Creating and Contesting Interpretations of American Historic Sites (Left Coast Press, 2013).

2012

Sharon Zukin, Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Public Spaces (Oxford University Press, 2010).

Sharon Zukin, Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Public Spaces (Oxford University Press, 2010).

2011

Lindsay Bremner, Writing the City into Being: Essays on Johannesburg 1998-2008 (Fourthwall Books, 2010).

Lindsay Bremner, Writing the City into Being: Essays on Johannesburg 1998-2008 (Fourthwall Books, 2010).

Amy Mills, Streets of Memory: Landscape, Tolerance, and National Identity in Istanbul (University of Georgia Press, 2010).

Amy Mills, Streets of Memory: Landscape, Tolerance, and National Identity in Istanbul (University of Georgia Press, 2010).

2010

Phaedra C. Pezzullo, Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Pollution, Travel and Environmental Justice(University of Alabama Press, 2007).

Phaedra C. Pezzullo, Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Pollution, Travel and Environmental Justice(University of Alabama Press, 2007).

Stephen A. Goldsmith & Lynne Elizabeth, What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs(New Village Press, 2010).

Stephen A. Goldsmith & Lynne Elizabeth, What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs(New Village Press, 2010).

2009

Andrew Wood, City Ubiquitous: Place, Communication, and the Rise of Omnitopia (Hampton Press, 2009).

Andrew Wood, City Ubiquitous: Place, Communication, and the Rise of Omnitopia (Hampton Press, 2009).

2008

Scott McQuire, The Media City: Media, Architecture and Urban Space (Sage Publications, 2008).

Scott McQuire, The Media City: Media, Architecture and Urban Space (Sage Publications, 2008).

2007

Paul Mason Fotsch, Watching the Traffic Go By: Transportation and Isolation in Urban America (The University of Texas Press, 2007).

Paul Mason Fotsch, Watching the Traffic Go By: Transportation and Isolation in Urban America (The University of Texas Press, 2007).

Timothy A. Gibson and Mark Lowes, Urban Communication: Production, Text, Context (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2006).

Timothy A. Gibson and Mark Lowes, Urban Communication: Production, Text, Context (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2006).

2006

First Prize

Steve Macek, Urban Nightmares: The media and the Moral Panic over the City (University of Minnesota Press, 2006).

Steve Macek, Urban Nightmares: The media and the Moral Panic over the City (University of Minnesota Press, 2006).

Second Prize

Jane Golden, Robin Rice, and Natalie Pompillo with Photographs by David Grahamand Jack Ramsdale, More Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell (Temple University Press, 2006).

Jane Golden, Robin Rice, and Natalie Pompillo with Photographs by David Grahamand Jack Ramsdale, More Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell (Temple University Press, 2006).

2005

Daniel Makagon, Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square (University of Minnesota Press, 2004).

Daniel Makagon, Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square (University of Minnesota Press, 2004).