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Taking Journalism Seriously: News and the Academy argues that scholars have remained too entrenched within their own disciplinary areas resulting in isolated bodies of scholarship. This is the first book to critically survey journalism scholarship in one volume and organize it by disparate fields. The book reviews existing journalism research in such diverse fields as sociology, history, language studies, political science, and cultural analysis and dissects the most prevalent and understated research in each discipline.  

Regarding Journalism: Inquiry and the Academy
Regarding journalism: Inquiry and the academy

Any light projects shadows.

Gaston Bachelard

Journalism is most appreciated when it turns into a nonjournalistic phenomenon. When Ernest Hemingway worked as a reporter for the Kansas City Star, the Toronto Star, and other newspapers during the 1920s, his journalistic experiences were seen as an “apprenticeship” for his later work, and his writing was dismissed as “just journalism.” But when he turned portions of that same material verbatim into fiction, it was heralded as literature, portions of which continue to inhabit literary canons around the world.1

That transformation—from “just journalism” to a phenomenon elevated and worthy of appreciation—motivated the writing of this book. Why is journalism not easily appreciated at the moment of its creation, with all ...

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