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.


A teenage stowaway falling to his death from a DC-8 jet at Sydney…a naked little girl running away screaming from a napalm bomb attack in Vietnam … the execution of a Vietcong prisoner shot in the head at point-blank range by a Saigon police chief: these are just a few of the many still photographs, moments frozen in time, which have made photojournalism such an important and dramatic part of newspaper (and magazine) history. Harold Evans talks of the ‘unbeatable power of the news photograph … the capacity of the single image to lodge itself permanently in the memory’ (1979: 6). He describes photography's ‘uniqueness as a contribution to understanding the world we cannot see for ourselves’, adding that words are not enough to convey ...

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