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.

Discourse Analysis
Discourse analysis

Literally the analysis of discourse. More specifically, discourse analysis (DA) is the analysis of what people do with text and talk. Methodologically, the field of discourse analysis is extremely diverse (see Wodak and Meyer, 2001; Weiss and Wodak, 2003), and Woods and Kroger suggest that DA should be approached ‘not just as an object, but as a way of treating language’ (2000: 3). Principally, DA assumes that language exists in a dialogue with society: that ‘language simultaneously reflects reality (‘the way things are’) and constructs (construes) it to be a certain way’ (Gee, 1999: 82). Thus language represents and contributes to the production and reproduction (which discourse analysts usually label ‘the (reproduction’) of social reality. This dialectic (two-way) relationship is observable at ...

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