Discovering Journalism

Discovering Journalism

by Warren G. Bovee
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ABC-CLIO, Incorporated


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Discovering Journalism

Journalism is the branch of mass communications that provides people with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about issues affecting their personal and public lives. Journalism not only provides news but also presents interpretation, evaluation, and persuasion. Any discussion about journalism requires a common understanding of basic terms and concepts. By defining what journalism is, this book provides the answers to many current questions and debates about the current state of the mass media: What is news? Is journalism concerned with more than news? What are the purposes of editorials? Is it good or bad to combine journalism and fiction? Is it possible to report the news objectively? How are public relations and advertising related to journalism?

This book will appeal to all persons seeking a solid understanding and knowledge about the functions and responsibilities of journalism. Terms are specifically defined and related to the broad context of mass communications.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313309472
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/30/1999
Series: Contributions to the Study of Mass Media and Communications Series
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile: 1320L (what's this?)

About the Author

WARREN G. BOVÉE is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at Marquette University. In 1994, he was named a life member of the National Conference of Editorial Writers. He is the author or editor of four other books and of more than one hundred professional and scholarly articles and reviews.

Table of Contents

Prelude to Discovery

Journalism Rediscovered

The Many Meanings of News

Beyond the News

Democratic Promise, Democratic Reality, and the Journalists

Journalism and Some Types of Fiction

The Object of Journalistic Objectivity

Public Opinion, and Freedom of the Press

The Editorial Section as a Forum

Journalists and Their Education

Fitting It All Together



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