Political Journalism: New Challenges, New Practices / Edition 1

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This edited collection makes a major contribution to the current upsurge of interest in journalism studies. Challenging both the 'mediamalaise' thesis and the notion of the journalist as the faithful servant of democracy, it explores political journalism in the making and maps the opportunities and threats encountered by political journalism in the contemporary public sphere. It contains case studies drawn from the US, and UK, Australia, France, the Netherlands and Thailand among others.
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Series editor's preface
1 Political journalism: mapping the terrain 1
2 Four generations of political journalism 22
Pt. I The cross-management of the interdependencies between journalists and politicians 45
3 The first Blair government and political journalism 47
4 A crisis in the mirror: old and new elements in Italian political communication 69
5 Political journalists and their sources in Thailand 92
6 Can political journalism exist at the EU level? 108
Pt. II Towards a cynical coverage of politics? 129
7 Media escalation and political anti-climax in Australia's 'Cash for Comment' scandal 131
8 Explaining the wave of scandal: the exposure of corruption in Italy, France and Spain 149
9 The ambivalent watchdog: the changing culture of political journalism and its effects 168
Pt. III Changes in political journalism: an opportunity or threat for democracy? 187
10 Journalism and democracy in contemporary Britain 189
11 Repositioning the newsroom: the American experience with 'public journalism' 203
Pt. IV Conclusion 225
12 Trends in news media and political journalism 227
Index 242
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