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.


Businesses and organizations in many countries are legally obliged to ensure that their services can be accessed by everybody, including disabled people. The Royal National Institute of the Blind says: ‘Producing information in such a way that all your customers can read, makes good business sense, is the law and is fair’ (Royal National Institute of the Blind, 2004, bold emphasis in original).

Providing accessible content has become increasingly important on the Internet, too. The inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, insists: ‘The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect’ (World Wide Web Consortium, 2004). He says this is ‘irrespective of hardware or software platform, network infrastructure, language, culture, geographical location, or ...

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