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The Troubles of Journalism: A Critical Look at What's Right and Wrong with the Press

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This update to The Troubles of Journalism continues the work of the first edition, focusing on both the strengths and the weaknesses of American journalism at a time of societal flux and economic change. Author William A. Hachten's analysis comes out of his own 50-year involvement with newspapers and journalism education. He evaluates the significant changes in the journalism industry and suggests what these changes may mean for the nation and for the world at large.

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Overview

This update to The Troubles of Journalism continues the work of the first edition, focusing on both the strengths and the weaknesses of American journalism at a time of societal flux and economic change. Author William A. Hachten's analysis comes out of his own 50-year involvement with newspapers and journalism education. He evaluates the significant changes in the journalism industry and suggests what these changes may mean for the nation and for the world at large.

All chapters have been updated for this edition, with additional emphasis on the press's role in covering air wars in Kosovo and Serbia, media ownership consolidations, news on the Internet, and other factors affecting the way news is gathered and reported. A new chapter examines the role of the press in the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal.

At a time when the journalism profession is undergoing significant change and criticism, this critique offers valuable insights for current and future journalists. In presenting American journalism in its international, historical, legal, and economic contexts, Hachten provides the basis for understanding why journalism today is the way it is and sets a course for its future direction.

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Hachten, a 50-year veteran of the field of journalism, discusses the international, historical, legal, and economic contexts of modern journalism; evaluates the major changes in the industry; and interprets the meaning of such changes for the nation and the world at large. Updated topics include the role of the press in covering air wars in Kosovo and Serbia, media ownership consolidations, news on the Internet, and other current matters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805826500
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Series: Communication Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 Best News Media in the World? 1
2 Global Impact of American Media 14
3 Freedom of the Press: Theory and Values 29
4 Recent History of the Press 44
5 Bigger, Fewer, and More Like-minded 57
6 News on the Air: a Sense of Decline 76
7 The Fading American Newspaper? 91
8 Why the Public Hates (Some) Journalists 107
9 The Clinton Scandal and "Mixed Media" 118
10 Changes in Foreign News Coverage 126
11 The Press and the Military 139
12 News on the Internet 156
13 Educating Journalists 168
14 Conclusion: Journalism at a Time of Change 181
References 189
Author Index 197
Subject Index 201
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