The Human Journalist: Reporters, Perspectives, and Emotions

The Human Journalist: Reporters, Perspectives, and Emotions

by Jim Willis, Penny Owen, Mary Walsh, Ann Norwood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275973077

ISBN-13: 9780275973070

Pub. Date: 10/30/2003

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Willis examines the many orientations and perspectives of reporters that gather and present the news of the day. Debunking the notion that there are limited perspectives journalists may use, Willis examines up to 15 different orientations that reporters bring to their work. These perspectives run the gamut, from the traditional approach of distancing oneself

Overview

Willis examines the many orientations and perspectives of reporters that gather and present the news of the day. Debunking the notion that there are limited perspectives journalists may use, Willis examines up to 15 different orientations that reporters bring to their work. These perspectives run the gamut, from the traditional approach of distancing oneself completely from events and people involved to becoming part of the story's fabric to ascertain the story's true essence.

Willis also suggests that, for many stories, it is wholly appropriate for journalists to feel what a non-professional would experience at such an event, and to allow those emotions to fuel the reporting and writing of the story. Several examples are discussed in detail, including the coverage of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275973070
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Journalist's World

The Evolution of Journalism

Seeking the Best Seat in the House

Objectivity and Subjectivity

Writer/Reader Dynamics

Journalists and Emotions: From Oklahoma City and Beyond

Scientific Journalism

The Human Journalist

Journalists and Traumatic Stress

Bibliography

Index

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