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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.

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Radio journalism is as much a product of the world it seeks to represent to its audiences as it is a reflection of that world. So our understanding of it would be woefully incomplete if we failed to embrace a number of theoretical perspectives on journalistic practice and output. Despite its age, radio is, through no apparent fault of its own, a relatively under-theorised medium. On 24 December 1906, the first broadcast of the Canadian Reginald Fessenden heralded the beginning, albeit faltering, of a durable and illustrious form of mass communication. This was a mere 11 years after the Lumière brothers opened the first cinema in Paris, and ...

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