Journalism and Society

ISBN-10: 144626680X

ISBN-13: 9781446266809

Edition: 2013

Authors: Denis McQuail

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This is a major new statement on the role of journalism in democracy from one of media and communication's leading thinkers. Written for students, Denis McQuail leads the reader through a systematic exploration of how and why journalism and society have become so inextricably entwines - and, just as importantly, what this relationship should look like. This is a trenchant outline for why journalism in society needs to be independent, factual, balanced, reliable, diverse in its attention and with a reason for serving its public. This book: • makes the theory accessible and relevant • teaches the importance of journalism to power and politics • explores the status and future of journalism as a profession • outlines the impact and consequences of the digital • hammers home journalism as it is, but also as it should be • takes each chapter further with guided reading list and free online journal articles. This textbook is the perfect answer to the how and why of journalism. It is crucial reading for any student of media studies, communication studies and journalism.
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List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 3/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Denis McQuail is Emeritus Professor at the School of Communication Research (ASCOR) University of Amsterdam and Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Southampton. He studied history and sociology at the University of Oxford and received his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds. He is an Honorary Doctor of the University of Gent. He has published widely in the field of media and communication, with particular reference to audience research, media policy and performance, and political communication. His most recent book publications are: McQuail's Mass Communication Theory, 5th edition., Sage, 2005 and Media Accountability and Freedom of Publication, University of Oxford Press, 2003.

What is Journalism? How is it Linked to Society?
Origins of journalism
The journalism-society link: levels of analysis and theoretical perspectives
The main concerns of social theory of journalism
Diversity and diversification of journalism
Journalism and changing technology: implications for society
Defining journalism and the news today
The press as an institution
The 'power of the press'
What society expects from journalism
The self-image of the social role of the press
Conclusion: questions to be addressed
Journalistic Responsibility to Society
Defining journalistic responsibility
Publication and the public interest
The foundations of journalistic obligation
Free press theory
Journalism as meeting essential needs of society
The press as Fourth Estate
The idea of a 'public sphere'
Social responsibility theory
Critical theory
Minority media theory; democratic-participant theory
New movements in journalism
Internet news theory
Looking for a structure in social theory of the press
Principles of Journalistic Performance
Basic publication values affecting the public interest
Truth as a principle
Freedom as a principle
Equality, diversity and solidarity as principles
Order and cohesion as principles for journalism
Towards a Framework of Analysis for Journalism
Alternative approaches
On journalism as a profession: a unifying approach
Does journalism have its own 'ideology'?
The occupational roles of journalism
Conflicts and mixed expectations
Demand versus supply of news
Changing goals and types of journalism
If not a profession, at least a 'public occupation'?
The Central Role of Monitor and Messenger
The main roles or functions of the press
The monitor and messenger role characterised
Objectivity as a guiding principle
Limitations to objectivity
Degrees of purpose and activity in objective news journalism
Tensions internal to the monitorial role
The monitorial role and state power
The monitorial role and democracy
Sources of bias in the monitorial role
'Media logic' and 'mediatisation' effects on monitoring
Media Structure, Performance and the 'Power of the Press'
What is a media system?
Influences from social structure on media systems
Political factors
Economic factors
Social-cultural influences
Media system influences on journalism
Influences at the level of organisation
The question of press effects on society
Informational effects of news
Persuasion and influence via news
Effects on behaviour in society - individual and collective
In overview: primary determinants of the 'power of the press'
The Accountability of Journalism to Society
The main issues of regulation and accountability
Journalistic responsibility
The accountability of journalism
Lines of accountability of journalism
Forms of governance and accountability applied to journalism
Mechanisms of accountability: external
Mechanisms of accountability: internal
Informal and 'illegitimate' mechanisms of control/accountability
Three frames of accountability relationship
Accountability in overview
Changing Media Technology: Consequences for Journalism, Press Institution and Relations with Society
The potential of the internet and other new media
Problematic aspects of media change
Initial signs of change
The internet: liberating promise unfulfilled?
Effects of media change on journalism itself
The future of the press institution
The journalism-society relationship
The question of trust
Consequences for the public sphere
In overview
In Conclusion: Striking a Normative Balance
A frame of reference for journalism and society
Normative contexts and choices: different levels of application
Journalism in an information society
The main normative issues of journalism and society in review
Towards a universal normative theory of journalism?
The consequences of ongoing changes in media technology and structure for normative relations between journalism and society
What can be done? Reflections on the chances for better journalism
Last word
Appendix: Selected Documents Relating to Rights and Obligations of News Media
Examples of international norms
Examples of national legal enactments relating to rights and obligations of the press
Voluntary codes of conduct and ethics adopted by associations of journalism
National regulation of broadcast news
Independent self-regulation of the press at national level
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