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The Idea of Public Journalism / Edition 1

The Idea of Public Journalism / Edition 1

by Theodore L. Glasser
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This volume offers a critical and constructive examination of the claims of public journalism, the controversial movement aimed at getting the press to promote and indeed improve—not merely report on—the quality of public life. From leading contributors, original essays refine the terms of the debate by situating it within a broad cultural, historical, and philosophical framework.
Exploring the movement's promise as well as its problems, the book sheds light on vital issues of political power, freedom of expression, democratic participation, and press responsibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572304604
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 05/14/1999
Series: Guilford Communication Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Theodore L. Glasser is professor of communication and director of the Graduate Program in Journalism at Stanford University. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Journal of Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Nieman Reports, The Quill, and The New York Times Book Review. Custodians of Conscience: Investigative Journalism and Public Virtue, written with James Ettema, was published in 1998 by Columbia University Press.

His previous publications include Public Opinion and the Communication of Consent, coedited with Charles T. Salmon.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Journalism as a Democratic Art, Cole C. Campbell
Introduction: The Idea of Public Journalism, Theodore L. Glasser
I. The Challenge of Public Journalism
2. The Action of the Idea: Public Journalism in Built Form, Jay Rosen
3. In Defense of Public Journalism, James W. Carey
4. The Common Good as First Principle, Clifford G. Christians
5. Making Readers Into Citizens—The Old Fashioned Way, Thomas C. Leonard
II. The Challenge for Public Journalism
6. Public Journalism and Democratic Theory: Four Challenges, John Durham Peters
7. What Public Journalism Knows about Journalism But Doesn't Know about "Public," Michael Schudson
8. Journalism and the Sociology of Public Life, John Pauly
9. Making the Neighborhood Work: The Improbabilities of Public Journalism, Barbie Zelitzer
Appendix A: On Evaluating Public Journalism, Steven H. Chaffee and Michael McDevitt
Appendix B: Reinventing the Press for the Age of Commercial Appeals: A Critical Review of Selected Books and Monographs, Hanno Hardt

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David Merritt

Glasser assembles major figures in academia to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of public journalism.... Anyone interested [in public journalism] will find much here to contemplate.


Teachers and students of journalism and communication; working journalists; other readers interested in the media and its role in civic life. Serves as a text in advanced undergraduate and graduate-level courses on media and society, newswriting and reporting, and politics and the press.

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