• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.  

Sociology and Journalism
Sociology and journalism

Discussing the sociological inquiry of journalism is much like discussing journalism scholarship without a frame. This paradigm of journalism research—with its focus on people, patterned interactions, organizations, institutions, and structures—is the ongoing standard against which much inquiry into journalism has been evaluated, to the extent that the frame's existence has become largely invisible. Sociology has long existed as the background setting for evolving journalism scholarship, even if much of the recent work on journalism no longer derives necessarily from sociological inquiry.

The Shape of Sociological Inquiry

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1983: 1723) defines “sociology” as “the study of the history, development, organization, and problems of people living together as social groups.” Once pegged as the “science of society,” sociological inquiry provides an elaboration ...

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