The SAGE Key Concepts series provide students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension. Key Concepts in Journalism offers a systematic and accessible introduction to the terms, processes, and effects of journalism;a combination of practical considerations with theoretical issues; and further reading suggestions. The authors bring an enormous range of experience in newspaper and broadcast journalism, at national and regional level, as well as their teaching expertise. This book will be essential reading for students in journalism, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers.
Journalists have always sought to place stories into a more complete context. However, the practical limitations (of time and space) of traditional media have meant stories being truncated and told from a single point of view rather than the whole truth behind the news being presented (Pavlik, 2001: 23).
Pavlik describes a new form of news emerging in the online (electronic) world as contextualized journalism, which is multidimensional and can produce more engaging reporting and more complete information, in the process benefiting democracy by better informing a global citizenry (ibid.: 4, 23).
[Page 49]‘Whether achievable or not, objectivity and truth can best be pursued through a storytelling medium that supplies the texture and context possible in an online, multimedia, and interactive environment,’ says Pavlik (ibid.: ...