Media Debates: Great Issues for the Digital Age / Edition 3

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These renowned scholars present 19 issues specific to the interplay of media and society and debate them in this text. After a thoughtful introduction to the issue in that chapter, each author takes a pro or con position to debate the contested topic. Dennis and Merrill provide a context for students to think critically about key media topics and their impact on society by providing a balanced range of timeless and current issues in this unique format.

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In a series of 19 brief exchanges, Dennis (communication and media instruction, Fordhams Graduate School of Business) and Merrill (journalism, University of Missouri, emeritus) debate key issues concerning the media. These include topics like the freedom of the press, the relationship between the media and the government, the concentration of ownership, the right to know, bias, election coverage, public opinion, the Internet, journalistic objectivity, ethics, advertising, public relations, and professionalism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534579340
  • Publisher: Brooks/Cole
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author

Everette E. Dennis is the Felix E. Larkin Professor of Communication and Media Instructor at Fordham?s Graduate School of Business in New York City. He was founding director of the respected Media Studies Center at Columbia University and founding president of the American Academy in Berlin. He has been a dean at the University of Oregon and taught at the Universities of Minnesota, Kansas State and Northwestern. Dr. Dennis recently completed a major study of the digital strategies of the top 25 media companies?the same year he won the coveted Eleanor Blum Award for service to research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

John C. Merrill is professor emeritus from the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Dr. Merrill spent most of his academic career at Missouri, but also served as director and professor of the Manship School of Journalism at Louisiana State University and held a chair at the University of Maryland. He has also taught at a number of schools overseas, including as a visiting professor at the American University, Cairo, in 2004.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Freedom of the Press 5
2 Media-Government Relationship 19
3 Media and the Public Trust 32
4 People's Right to Know 44
5 Public Access to the Media 55
6 Media Bias and Political Leanings 69
7 Power of the Media 78
8 Quality of Media Content 92
9 Journalistic Objectivity 106
10 Deciding What Is News 121
11 News-Gathering Tactics 133
12 Journalistic Ethics 146
13 The New Communitarianism and Public Journalism 156
14 Propaganda and the Media 166
15 Race and Ethnicity 176
16 Advertising 187
17 Public Relations 198
18 Journalism as a Profession 207
19 Globalism and the Media 218
Index 229
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