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 popular type of website presented in the style of an online diary or journal by the author who is known as a ‘blogger’, it usually includes personalized commentary and analysis on any topic or news event, while also using hypertext links to other, related, sites. These weblogs (or ‘blogs’ as they are also known) have developed a ‘blogging’ community of their own, sometimes described as the ‘blogosphere’. The postings in weblogs are usually in reverse chronological order and can contain any type of content ranging from basic text to various forms of multimedia (Perrone, 2004; Raynsford, 2003). They often include a facility for visitors to give their comments on each entry (McIntosh, 2003).

Some media organizations, including Guardian Unlimited and the BBC, have joined ...

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