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.  

Taking Journalism Seriously

Taking journalism seriously

As we begin the 21st century, journalism strikes an unsteady chord in the public imagination. Recently, over the last few months of 2003, it showed up in odd places and did not appear in expected ones. Arnold Schwartzenegger announced his candidacy for California governor on the Jay Leno Show, to the horror and amazement of mainstream political reporters. A poll reported that U.S. children and teenagers spent more time on the internet than reading or watching television, practices presumed to have direct impact on their ability to act as news audiences. Individuals involved with an FBI probe of the Philadelphia mayor's office were accused of contacting journalists with information about the probe before the targeted individuals were given the same ...

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