Since its television premiere in 1947, Meet the Press has cemented its position as an institution in broadcast journalism. For the first time ever, network TV’s longest running program—with its thousands of interviews, panels, and debates (1947-2013)—is available via streaming online video. Now, students and scholars have unprecedented access to this treasure trove of material, including many episodes not seen since their original broadcast.
The Meet the Press collection opens up a wealth of information to libraries by making 1,500 hours of footage—nearly the full broadcast run to date—available online in one cross-searchable interface. Rather than digging through archives in assorted formats and locations, hoping footage will be available, users can explore this iconic series instantly from any computer or mobile device. Examine how coverage of immigration reform has evolved from the 1980s through 2012, find clear film examples of how media portrayed women and African Americans in the 40s and 50s, and view television’s first live satellite interview—held in 1965 with British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
Not just a media database, the broad-ranging topical coverage renders Alexander Street’s Meet the Press database a valuable tool for coursework and scholarship in disciplines from political science, history, and international affairs to economics, women’s studies, and sociology.
The collection is a powerful resource for scholars seeking firsthand perspectives of history’s biggest players. Instantly locate and view all five of Martin Luther King Jr.’s appearances on the program. Contrast how Richard Nixon’s personal account of Watergate—delivered 15 years after the event—differed from real-time coverage of the scandal. Hear Golda Meir’s account of continuing instability in the Middle East. Users will find content covering all major global events from World War II to the present, elucidated by the figures that helped shape them.
The collection captures these and more noteworthy moments, including:
Meet the Press comes equipped with dozens of online tools that enhance the teaching, learning, and scholarship experience:
Meet the Press collection is available to academic, public, and school libraries worldwide via subscription or outright purchase. No special setup or software is required—all you need is an Internet browser.
The enterprise is impressive on a number of scores...the quality of Meet the Press speaks for itself-it remains a monument to American journalism and political inquiry...Meet the Press is an invaluable portal to contemporary American history, and will have a broad appeal to a wide array of academic disciplines...Recommended.J. Millhorn, Northern Illinois University CHOICE