The Values and Craft of American Journalism: Essays from the Poynter Institute / Edition 1

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Some of the finest minds in the field present a provocative treatise on the practice and promise of journalism today.


This book is an idealistic yet practical guide for journalism scholars, analysts, students, and professionals. Reflecting the mission of the Poynter Institute to educate journalists and media leaders to better serve the citizens of our democracy, its essays offer an inspiring vision of the practice and promise of journalism. From all corners of the fast-changing world of news gathering and publication, the contributors include some of the finest minds in American journalism, a provocative group of practical scholars and reflective practitioners who take journalism seriously as a subject of study and as a democratic art.

The book combines cutting-edge theory with the latest journalistic practices. It covers some of the most important issues facing journalists today: how to restore the credibility of journalism, how journalists see their craft and how they connect craft to values, how leadership is expressed in news companies, and how the practice of journalism connects with its purpose in a democratic society. Many aspects of the news media are considered: reporting, writing, news judgment, editing, visual journalism, ethics, community coverage, language, ownership and leadership, new media, and race and diversity.

The authors create a vision of modern journalism that is timely, hopeful, responsible, and creative. At a time when society relies more than ever on the information it receives, The Values and Craft of American Journalism offers a blueprint for constructing a pioneering relationship between journalists and the citizens they serve.



G. Stuart Adam

Pegie Stark Adam

Paula Bock

Cole C. Campbell

Roy Peter Clark

Foster Davis

Karen Brown Dunlap

Jill Geisler

Kenneth Irby

Melvin Mencher

Donald M. Murray

James M. Naughton

Jay Rosen

Bob Steele

Mike Wendland

Keith Woods



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813028477
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy Peter Clark is senior scholar at the Poynter Institute and founder of its writing center.

Cole C. Campbell has been editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Virginian-Pilot, and the Greensboro News and Record and has served as a Fellow at the Poynter Institute, the Kettering Foundation, and the Knight program for journalists at Stanford University.


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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Purpose and culture 5
1 Notes toward a definition of journalism 7
2 The American conversation and the language of journalism 41
3 Journalism enlarged : stuff that matters 58
Pt. II Media leadership 71
4 A call to leadership 73
5 The principled and skilled leader : beyond good intentions 77
6 One journalist's sense of mission and purpose 92
Pt. III Community 103
7 The Woods theorem : a new formula for diversity in American news organizations 105
8 Community connectedness : passwords for public journalism 116
9 Blacked out : local television and community coverage 123
Pt. IV Craft 131
10 Writing, editing, design 133
11 Writer in the newsroom 148
12 The editor's ambiguous power 165
13 Credible photojournalism in a credulous age 176
14 Reading the news in the inkless world of cyberspace 187
15 The sayings of chairman Mel 192
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