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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.
Chapter 2: Defining Journalism
Aregard for the social aspects of inquiry has particular relevance for the study of journalism. Although one might think that academics, journalism educators, and journalists themselves talk about journalism in roughly the same manner, defining “journalism” is not in fact consensual. Rather, when invoked as a frame of reference, the term reveals much about those invoking it—their background, education, experience, placement in the academy, to name a few. Defining journalism, then, emerges from the tacit knowledge and interpretive strategies that people share when thinking about journalism as a phenomenon. And when tacit knowledge and interpretive strategies are shared by people in patterned ways, it causes them to act in the fashion of interpretive communities, offering various ways of thinking about journalism that ...