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  • Popular images of journalists have changed little over a century, says a new book

    Our images of journalists, both good and bad, likely come from portrayals in popular culture as much as from what journalists actually do, says University of Illinois journalism professor Matthew Ehrlich, who co-wrote a book on the subject with USC journalism professor Joe Saltzman.

    Our images of journalists, both good and bad, likely come from portrayals in popular culture as much as from what journalists actually do, says University of Illinois journalism professor Matthew Ehrlich, who co-wrote a book on the subject with USC journalism professor Joe Saltzman.

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  • To reach Matthew Ehrlich, call 217-333-1365; email mehrlich@illinois.edu.

    The book, “Heroes and Scoundrels: The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture,” is published by the University of Illinois Press.