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.


In a democracy, media organizations and the journalists who work in them are accountable to their audience and to wider society in various ways.

They are accountable to the law courts, for example, if they libel someone or commit contempt of court.

In Britain, the Office of Communications (Ofcom) has responsibility for the statutory regulation of the broadcast sector. Its scope includes programme quality and ethics.

Journalists in the BBC, a public service broadcaster, are accountable to the BBC Board of Governors. The BBC itself is accountable, in some respects, to Ofcom and ultimately, despite structural safeguards to protect its day-to-day independence, to the British Government under the terms of the BBC Agreement.

The British Press (the newspaper and magazine section) is not accountable to any statutory regulator ...

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