The Sociology of Journalism

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Journalism is a privileged cultural form. It is the main source of our knowledge about the world and our place in it, and the point at which the individual and the social worlds meet. Referring to cases from both the US and UK, including the White House sex scandals and the death of Diana, this book examines the various factors involved in the making of contemporary journalism, including economic and political pressures, changes in the technology of news gathering and production, and the growing role of sources ...
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Overview


Journalism is a privileged cultural form. It is the main source of our knowledge about the world and our place in it, and the point at which the individual and the social worlds meet. Referring to cases from both the US and UK, including the White House sex scandals and the death of Diana, this book examines the various factors involved in the making of contemporary journalism, including economic and political pressures, changes in the technology of news gathering and production, and the growing role of sources and "source strategies." The text analyzes how such factors come to exert influence on the form, content, and style of journalism, and reviews current approaches to the sociological impact of journalism on individuals, groups, and organizations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340706152
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Series: Arnold Publications Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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University of Stirling
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 3
2 The sociology of journalism 19
3 The effects of journalism 34
4 The professional culture and organisational determinants of journalism 61
5 The political environment 82
6 The economic environment 101
7 The technological environment 125
8 The sociology of sources 143
9 From control to chaos: towards a new sociology of journalism 162
Notes 167
Bibliography 173
Index 179
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