The Institutions of American Democracy: The Press / Edition 1

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American democracy is built on its institutions. The Congress, the presidency, and the judiciary, in particular, undergird the rights and responsibilities of every citizen. The free press, for example, protected by the First Amendment, allows for the dissent so necessary in a democracy. How has this institution changed since the nation's founding? And what can we, as leaders, policymakers, and citizens, do to keep it vital?

The freedom of the press is an essential element of American democracy. With the guidance of editors Geneva Overholser and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, this volume examines the role of the press in a democracy, investigating alternative models used throughout world history to better understand how the American press has evolved into what it is today. The commission also examines ways to allow more voices to be heard and to improve the institution of the American free press.

The Press, a collection of essays by the nation's leading journalism scholars and professionals, will examine the history, identity, roles, and future of the American press, with an emphasis on topics of concern to both practitioners and consumers of American media.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195309140
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/30/2005
  • Series: Institutions of American Democracy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 510
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Geneva Overholser is the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting, Missouri School of Journalism Washington Bureau. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Ph.D., is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania; Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center. Series edited by Jaroslav Pelikan, Yale University and University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

DIRECTORY OF CONTRIBUTORS GENERAL INTRODUCTION: The Press as an Institution of American Constitutional Democracy, Jaroslav Pelikan
INTRODUCTION, Geneva Overholser and Kathleen Hall Jamieson
1. Presses and Democracies, Daniel C. Hallin and Robert Giles
2. American Journalism in Historical Perspective, Michael Schudson and Susan E. Tifft
3. The Nature and Sources of News, Robert M. Entman
4. Definitions of Journalism, Barbie Zelizer
5. The Minority Press: Pleading Our Own Cause, Pamela Newkirk
6. Journalism and Democracy across Borders, John Keane
7. What Democracy Requires of the Media, James Curran
8. The Marketplace of Ideas, Robert Schmuhl and Robert G. Picard
9. The Agenda-Setting Function of the Press, Maxwell McCombs
10. The Watchdog Role, W. Lance Bennett and William Serrin
11. Informing the Public, Thomas Patterson and Philip Seib
12. Mobilizing Citizen Participation, Esther Thorson
13. Government and the Press: Issues and Trends, Martha Joynt Kumar and Alex Jones
14. Public Policy toward the Press: What Government Does For the News Media, Timothy E. Cook
15. The First Amendment Tradition and Its Critics, Bruce W. Sanford and Jane E. Kirtley
16. Legal Evolution of the Government-News Media Relationship, Jane E. Kirtley
17. Communications Regulation in Protecting the Public Interest, Robert B. Horwitz
18. Journalism and the Public Interest, Daniel Schorr
19. The Military and the Media, William Prochnau
20. Money, Media, and the Public Interest, Robert G. Picard
21. The Market and the Media, James T. Hamilton
22. The Press and the Politics of Representation, Mitchell Stephens and David T. Z. Mindich
23. The Legacy of Autonomy in American Journalism, Theodore L. Glasser and Marc Gunther
24. What Kind of Journalism Does the Public Need?, Carolyn Marvin and Philip Meyer
25 The Future of News, The Future of Journalism. John Carey and Nancy Hicks Maynard
AFTERWORD, Geneva Overholser and Kathleen Hall Jamieson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2007

    Brilliant, everyone in journalism must read this NOW!

    'The Press' is perhaps one of the most important catalogs of journalistic criticism to be printed in the post-September 11, 2001 world. In it, Geneva Overhlser and Kathleen Hall Jamieson have organized the collected critical essays of America's, if not the English speaking world's best journalistic minds on behalf of the Annenberg Foundation. This is a daunting book to read, not because the writing fails to flow, but because the writing provokes such deep reflection on journalism and society at large that reading it is terribly time consuming. I could scarcely finish a single page before distraction by some new thought or idea put forth by the books many authors sent me into long bouts of deep reflection. I was especially inspired by John Keane's essay on journalism and democratic ideals in the international environment. Also I must mention Theodore Glasser and marc Gunther's analysis of American journalistic autonomy, and Carolyn Marvin and Philip Meyer's thoughts on what kind of journalism best serves the public. All the essays are phenomenal, in fact, I fear that in recognizing these few authors I have diminished the tireless works of so many others. Each essay could stand alone as a five star rating. This book should be read in perpetuity, not just by future journalists and media scholars, but continually referenced by current ones. This book rightfully brings tremendous shame on sensational reporters like Nancy Grace, Greta van Susteren, Geraldo Rivera and the like without shaking an elitist finger at them. REVIEW EVERY BOOK YOU READ, WRITERS WANT AND DESERVE YOUR HONEST OPINIONS.

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