Ben Bagdikian



Ben Bagdikian
Ben Bagdikian

Ben Bagdikian
Ben Bagdikian is a well known journalist and journalism educator being associated with the profession since 1941. Bagdikian's name carries with it a myriad of contributions and accomplishments. He is a well known media critic being asked to join in research of the media and civic concern as well as being a witness before committees of the United States House and Senate in their queries into news media problems. He also contributed a year of his life as President of the Lowell Mellett Fund for a Free and Responsible Press and has served as the dean emeritus of the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. He has also taken the time to write six books over his lifetime that relate to the media landscape in which he has worked (Ben Bagdikian, n.d.).

His most recent publication: 'The New Media Monopoly' (1983), is seen as an essential resource for information on media ownership. It comments on the five media conglomerates that presently have control on the media (newspapers, magazines, books, radio stations, etc) that is relied most heavily on by the American public. These conglomerates are: Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch's News Corporation, Bartelsmann of Germany, and Viacom. The book goes in depth in describing how these dominant media conglomerates co-operate with each other, who controls/runs them, and how the current media climate came to pass (The New Media Monopoly, n.d.).Ben Bagdikian has recieved a number of awards for his accomplishments within the journalistic field, for example the Peabody award for research and critiques of broadcast commentary, a James Madison award by the American Library Association of Government Information as well as being nominated to be one of 'Journalism Most Perceptive Critics' by the American Society of Journalism School of Administrators (benbagdikian.net, http://benbagdikian.net/Docs/bio.htm)