Copper Chorus
Mining, Politics, and the Montana Press, 1889 1959

by Dennis Swibold

published by Montana Historical Society

  • This is the first book devoted to Montana's long history of industrial newspaper ownership and the consequences for democracy. The work also reveals the costs paid by owners and their journalists, whose credibility eroded as their increasingly constricted newspapers lapsed into ambivalence and indifference. The story offers a timeless study of the conflict between commerce and the notion of a free and independent press.

432 pages, 6 x 9, 80 b/w photos, 100 illustrations, index, appendix, 18 hardcovers per case, 14 softcovers per case, Paperback, Hard Cover

ISBN 10: 0-9759196-0-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-9759196-0-6

ISBN 10: 0-9721522-8-8
ISBN 13: 9780972152280






Copper Chorus
Mining, Politics, and the Montana Press, 1889 1959

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For twenty-five years, Dennis L. Swibold has worked as a Montana newspaper editor and teacher. Swibold holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Montana, and for the past fifteen years has taught in the School of Journalism at the University of Montana. In his career, he as served as editor for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and the Sidney Herald. In 2001 Swibold received the Montana Newspaper Association's President's Award. Swibold lives in Missoula, Montana with his wife Julie and son Colton.

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