MEDIA ADVISORY 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.

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EDITOR’S NOTE The Steinhardt School of Education is a rich source of ground-breaking scholarship on issues of national and global significance and innovation in research, teaching, practice and performance. The school prepares students to be educators, health professionals, counselors and psychologists, academics, musicians, artists, communication specialists and policy analysts. The Steinhardt School values its location in New York City, where it is engaged in research, partnerships and community service aimed at improving urban life and the city’s institutions.

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