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What Are Journalists For? / Edition 1

What Are Journalists For? / Edition 1

by Jay Rosen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300089074

ISBN-13: 9780300089073

Pub. Date: 02/08/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

American journalists in the 1990s confronted disturbing trends-an erosion of trust in the news media, weakening demand for serious news, flagging interest in politics and civic affairs, and a discouraging public climate that seemed to be getting worse. In response, some news professionals sought to breach the growing gap between press and public with an experimental

Overview

American journalists in the 1990s confronted disturbing trends-an erosion of trust in the news media, weakening demand for serious news, flagging interest in politics and civic affairs, and a discouraging public climate that seemed to be getting worse. In response, some news professionals sought to breach the growing gap between press and public with an experimental approach-public journalism. This book is an account of the movement for public journalism, or civic journalism, told by Jay Rosen, one of its leading developers and defenders. Rosen recalls the events that led to the movement's founding and gives a range of examples of how public journalism is practiced in American newsrooms. He traces the intellectual roots of the movement and shows how journalism can be made vital again by rethinking exactly what journalists are for.

Those who have supported the cause of public journalism have focused on first principles: democracy as something we do, citizens as the ones who do it, politics as public problem-solving, and deliberation as a means to that end. Rosen tells what happened as the movement gained momentum in newsrooms around the country and in the professional culture of the press. He reviews the flood of criticism and commentary aimed at public journalism and responds to those who express alarm at the experiment. Examining the mark that the movement has made on the field, Rosen upholds public journalism not only as a way for journalists to find a renewed sense of civic purpose for their craft, but also as a way to improve civic life and strengthen democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300089073
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/08/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,030,524
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments,ix
Introduction: What We're Doing Isn't Working,1
Part One / Origins
1 As Democracy Goes, So Goes the Press: The Roots of
Public Journalism,19
2 In Search of a Different Story: Journalists, Scholars,
and the Public Square,56
Part Two / Practice
3 Applying Practice to Theory: Case Studies in Public
Journalism,83
4 Does It Help the Citizen Decide? The Intellectual
Journey of the Virginian-Pilot,128
5 Doing Less Harm: Public Journalism as Personal Tale,156
Part Three / Reactions
6 Journalism Is What It Is: Critics React to the
Experiment,177
7 The New York Times and the Washington Post on Public
Journalism,207
Part Four / Lessons
8 Design Flaw or Driver Error: The Hazards of Going
Public,251
9 What Was Public Journalism? The Idea in Built Form,262
10 Conclusion: What Are Journalists For?281
Notes,301
Index,329

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