Reviving the Fourth Estate: Democracy, Accountability and the Media

Reviving the Fourth Estate: Democracy, Accountability and the Media

by Julianne Schultz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521620422

ISBN-13: 9780521620420

Pub. Date: 11/28/1998

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Schultz observes that the Fourth Estate has proven to be a remarkably flexible concept. What was once described as the space where reporters sat while documenting the proceedings of the House of Commons, the Fourth Estate later described the more nebulous ideals connected with those in positions of power and influence. Traditionally, the news media acted as the…  See more details below

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Schultz observes that the Fourth Estate has proven to be a remarkably flexible concept. What was once described as the space where reporters sat while documenting the proceedings of the House of Commons, the Fourth Estate later described the more nebulous ideals connected with those in positions of power and influence. Traditionally, the news media acted as the watchdog of democracy, but varied in meaning in response to changing political and economic circumstances. Today, it is also a major global industry." "Julianne Schultz considers the ramifications of this intersection by analysing the role of journalism in Australia, the scope of its democratic purpose and the relationship of the Fourth Estate to the other 'estates': the judiciary, the executive and the legislature. She finds that, while the ideal of the Fourth Estate is still upheld by most journalists, the reality has been seriously impaired by the increasing concentration of media ownership in Australia and by political, ethical and career interests.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521620420
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Series:
Reshaping Australian Institutions Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Paradoxes of the Bastard Estate1
1Redefining the Fourth Estate15
2The Fourth Estate: A Changing Doctrine23
3The Idealised Watchdog Estate47
4The Other Estates Question the Fourth69
5Contests to the Institutional Legitimacy of the Fourth Estate95
6Accepting the Ideal117
7Testing the Ideal136
8From Reporting to Investigating166
9Challenging Power: Reporting in the 1980s195
10Reviving the Fourth Estate230
Appendix239
List of References277
Index293

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