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Radio Journalism introduces key themes in journalism studies to explore what makes radio reporting distinctive and lay out the claims for radio's critical importance in the news landscape. With their extensive experience in radio production and academica, authors Guy Starkey and Andrew Crisell take readers on a tour through the past, present and future of radio broadcasting, from the infancy of the BBC in the 1920s up to the prospect of rolling news delivered to mobile telephones. Grounding each chapter in a survey of scholarly writing on the radio, they explore the connections between politics, policy and practice, inviting critical reflection on who radio professionals are, what they do and why. Putting theory and practice into dialogue, this book is the perfect bridge between unreflective production manuals and generalised media theory texts. Witty and engaging, Radio Journalism provides an essential framework for understanding the continuing relevance of radio journalism as a profession, set of practices and arena for critical debate.

Constraining the Broadcasters and Training the Journalists: Political Economy and Social Demography
Constraining the broadcasters and training the journalists: Political economy and social demography
How ‘Reporting the Facts’ is Affected by Other Matters

We have been exploring the combined effects on radio journalism of developing technology and a number of institutional factors, but there are many other influences that contribute to its production and consumption. At the heart of all journalism lies a potential conflict that goes back to the early print era and the very beginnings of the profession. To report the world beyond the audience's own experience is an activity that cannot be value-free. Someone has to make choices about what is reported and how it is represented, for ‘reality’, in the sense of a ...

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