Public Journalism Movement In America

Overview

The philosophy of public journalism, which has found converts in academia and in newsrooms nationwide, holds that traditional journalism is outmoded—values such as objectivity and detachment must give way to new values connecting journalists to their communities and committing them to a kind of reporting that will make public life go well. These new values, however, are not clearly defined, and even the main advocates of public journalism disagree on its meaning and purpose. This volume offers a thorough and ...

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Overview

The philosophy of public journalism, which has found converts in academia and in newsrooms nationwide, holds that traditional journalism is outmoded—values such as objectivity and detachment must give way to new values connecting journalists to their communities and committing them to a kind of reporting that will make public life go well. These new values, however, are not clearly defined, and even the main advocates of public journalism disagree on its meaning and purpose. This volume offers a thorough and devastating critique of public journalism by showing that its advocates have failed to diagnose what really ails American journalism and that their prescriptions for saving journalism are more likely to harm than to help the profession. After presenting the ideas and projects that characterize the major players in the movement, the author introduces the data from an extensive survey of newspaper editors and academics, as well as a comprehensive lexicon of public journalism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275957810
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/1999
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

DON H. CORRIGAN is Professor of Journalism at Webster University in St. Louis and Editor-in-Chief of two weekly newspapers, Webster-Kirkwood Times and South County Times.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Graphs
Preface
Introduction
Pt. I Redeeming Journalism 1
Ch. 1 Public Journalism's Evangel 5
Ch. 2 The Evangelists 27
Ch. 3 Dissenters: Doubting the Doctrine 55
Pt. II Surveying Public Journalism 79
Ch. 4 Public Journalism and Its Concepts 81
Ch. 5 Public Journalism and Its Practices 99
Ch. 6 Practitioners and Public Journalism 113
Ch. 7 Professors and Public Journalism 129
Pt. III Confronting the Crucial Issues 141
Ch. 8 The "Academizing" of Journalism 143
Ch. 9 Globalization of Public Journalism 155
Ch. 10 The Real Problems Facing Journalism 169
App Public Journalism Lexicon 185
Bibliography 211
Index 217
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