Principles of American Journalism An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0415890179

ISBN-13: 9780415890175

Edition: 2013

Authors: Stephanie Craft, Charles Davis

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Principles of American Journalismintroduces students to the core values of journalism and its singularly important role in a democracy. From the First Amendment to Facebook, Stephanie Craft and Charles Davis provide a comprehensive exploration of the guiding principles of journalism, the ethical and legal foundations of the profession, its historical and modern precepts, the economic landscape of journalism, the relationships among journalism and other social institutions, and the key issues and challenges that contemporary journalists face. Case studies and exercises throughout are designed to build students’ ability to think critically about how well journalism performs its function in society, making students more mindful practitioners of journalism and more informed media consumers. This textbook is ideal for use in introductory Principles of Journalism courses, and the companion website provides a full complement of student and instructor resources to enhance the learning experience and connect to the latest news issues and events.
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List price: $32.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 2/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

The Mirror, the Watchdog and the Marketplace
The Historical Backdrop
What Democracy Needs From Journalism
How Does the Press Fulfill Those Democratic Needs?
Can Journalism Provide What Democracy Needs?
Must Journalism Provide What Democracy Needs?
What Is Journalism?
"Actual Reporting"
Definitions: Plentiful But Lacking
Definitions Have Consequences
The Elements of Journalism
Because I Said So? Nope
Independence at the Center of it All
So What Is Journalism, Anyway?
Enough Already! What's the Answer?
How Is News Made?
Tools Change. Audiences Change. The Work Doesn't
Information, News and Journalism
So Where Does News Come From?
The Nuts and Bolts of Newsgathering
News: Not Just Like Any Other Product
Who Pays for Journalism?
"This News Is Brought to You by": The Commercial Media
Who Owns the Media?
Concentration of Ownership
The Dual-Product Model
New Voices, New Models
New Funding Models: Non-Profit Journalism?
Journal-Register Co.: An Old Media Company Pivots
Paywalls: The Answer? An Answer?
Hyperlocal: Coming Full Circle
What do Journalists Owe Us?
Black, White and Gray
Ethics Is … Not What You Think
Meet W.D. Ross, Intuitionist
How Journalists See Their Duties
A Process for Ethical Decision-Making
Want to Know What We Would Do?
The Foundations of Free Expression
The Power of Free Expression
No Law?
The Limits of Freedom
Drawing Lines
Secrets, and When to Keep Them
When Reporting Becomes Prying, There are Consequences
A Declaration of Journalistic Independence
When Compromise Isn't a Good Thing
Facts, Values and the Objectivity Trap
Journalism's Built-In (Not Necessarily Bad) Biases
"Journalists Angry Over the Commission of Journalism"
Engagement or Detachment?
Unchanging Principles for an Unchanging World
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