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Chapter 9: Hacks and the Academy: Theorising Journalism

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Hacks and the Academy: Theorising Journalism
Hacks and the academy: Theorising journalism

Studying the media is a Mickey Mouse subject, suitable only for wasters and charlatans. We know that because the media keep telling us so. The phrases ‘media studies’ and ‘Mickey Mouse’ are used together so frequently that it is a wonder the Disney corporation hasn't placed the matter in the hands of M'Learned Friends. For Tim Luckhurst (2008), a journalist turned academic, media studies is rightly thought of as ‘a debased catch-all, ridiculed in newsrooms everywhere’. As veteran Fleet Street editor Richard Stott (2007: 78) admitted when faced with the latest published output from a university journalism department: ‘It's difficult to stop a curl of the lip, a Roger Moore raised eyebrow’. Few editors ...

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