Normative Theories of the Media: Journalism in Democratic Societies

Normative Theories of the Media: Journalism in Democratic Societies

by Clifford G Christians, Kaarle Nordenstreng, Denis McQuail, Robert A. White
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252076184

ISBN-13: 9780252076183

Pub. Date: 06/16/2009

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

In this book, five leading scholars of media and communication take on the difficult but important task of explicating the role of journalism in democratic societies. Using Fred S. Siebert, Theodore Peterson, and Wilbur Schramm's classic Four Theories of the Press as their point of departure, the authors explore the philosophical underpinnings and the

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In this book, five leading scholars of media and communication take on the difficult but important task of explicating the role of journalism in democratic societies. Using Fred S. Siebert, Theodore Peterson, and Wilbur Schramm's classic Four Theories of the Press as their point of departure, the authors explore the philosophical underpinnings and the political realities that inform a normative approach to questions about the relationship between journalism and democracy, investigating not just what journalism is but what it ought to be.

The authors identify four distinct yet overlapping roles for the media: the monitorial role of a vigilant informer collecting and publishing information of potential interest to the public; the facilitative role that not only reports on but also seeks to support and strengthen civil society; the radical role that challenges authority and voices support for reform; and the collaborative role that creates partnerships between journalists and centers of power in society, notably the state, to advance mutually acceptable interests. Demonstrating the value of a reconsideration of media roles, Normative Theories of the Media provides a sturdy foundation for subsequent discussions of the changing media landscape and what it portends for democratic ideals.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252076183
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
06/16/2009
Series:
History of Communication
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction

1 Beyond Four Theories of the Press 3

Part One Theory

2 Evolution of Normative Traditions 37

3 Characteristics of Normative Theory 65

Part Two Democracy

4 The Principles and Practice of Democracy 91

5 Roles of News Media in Democracy 114

Part Three Roles

6 The Monitorial Role 139

7 The Facilitative Role 158

8 The Radical Role 179

9 The Collaborative Role 196

Prospects

10 Media Roles under Challenge 221

References 243

Index 269

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