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.  

Cultural Analysis and Journalism

Cultural analysis and journalism

One of the most fertile arenas of journalistic inquiry has evolved in conjunction with the cultural analysis of journalism. Given a wide range of titles—including the collective knowledge journalists need to function as journalists (Park 1940), the “culturological” dimensions of the news (Schudson 1991), and the examination of “journalism as popular culture” (Dahlgren 1992)—this type of inquiry has produced a fruitful line of scholarship that links the untidy and textured materiel of journalism—its symbols, rituals, conventions, and stories—with the larger world in which journalism takes shape. The world of news, approached here as more than just reporters' professional codes of action or the social arrangements of reporters and editors, is viewed in the cultural analysis of journalism as ...

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