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.

Public Access Broadcasting
Public access broadcasting

While readers' letters to the editor have always guaranteed citizens' mediated participation in political debate and the public sphere, the development of radio and television generated new and specific programme formats designed to provide an impartial and balanced forum in which listeners and viewers can participate with other members of the public and/or politicians to discuss matters concerning politics and governance.

These programmes, which have proliferated since the pioneer programme Any Questions first aired in 1948, typically assume one of three formats. Studio debates involve audiences posing questions to a panel of politicians (Question Time), while phone-in debates (usually a radio format) require the public to pose questions to politicians via the telephone or Internet (Nicky Campbell or the inflammatory US ‘Shock ...

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