Taking Journalism Seriously: News and the Academy argues that scholars have remained too entrenched within their own disciplinary areas resulting in isolated bodies of scholarship. This is the first book to critically survey journalism scholarship in one volume and organize it by disparate fields. The book reviews existing journalism research in such diverse fields as sociology, history, language studies, political science, and cultural analysis and dissects the most prevalent and understated research in each discipline.
Chapter 4: History and Journalism
Historical inquiry lends temporal depth to the study of journalism. Spanning a wide range of issues related to the application of what is commonly known as “the historical perspective,” history places journalism in a context by which its seemingly unexplainable dimensions come together in a frame made more sensical by evolution, chronology, and some degree of causality. Frequently portrayed as “the heroic and passionate struggle of journalists for a free press, the creation of which ennobles both their own profession and the democracy it helps sustain” (Golding and Elliott 1979: 20), historical inquiry in fact attends to much more. It locates big and small problems in context, weaving events, issues, and personalities across time into a narrative that aims to ...