As the nation heads into the new television season, the networks’ lineups will once again be full of reality television programming. Susan Murray, a professor of culture and communication at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, pieces together the rise of reality television, from “Candid Camera” to “Survivor,” and its impact on the industry in her forthcoming Reality TV: Re-making Television Culture (NYU Press, 2004), an anthology co-edited with Laurie Ouellette, a professor at the City University of New York’s Queens College. The book includes chapters on the historical and economic origins of reality television, how it has altered the depiction of criminal violence, and the impact of “Court TV” on this genre. Reporters interested in speaking with Professor Murray should contact James Devitt at (212) 998-6808 or

EDITOR’S NOTE The Steinhardt School of Education prepares students for careers in education, health and nursing, communications, and the arts and to serve as a source of continuing education for working professionals who seek career advancement and enrichment. On the graduate level, specialized training is offered within the context of one of the country’s leading centers of research. The school is also a center for research and community service, especially committed to activities aimed at improving the urban environment.

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