Objectivity in Journalism

Objectivity in Journalism

by Steven Maras


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745647357
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/04/2013
Series: Key Concepts in Journalism Series , #2
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Steven Maras is associate professor in media and communications at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Table of Contents

Detailed contents vi

Acknowledgements x

Introduction 1

1 Why and when did journalistic objectivity arise? 22

2 What are the main objections to journalistic objectivity? 58

3 Why is there so much dispute over 'the facts'? 82

4 What are the grounds on which journalistic objectivity has been defended? 104

5 Is objectivity a passive or active process? 122

6 Can objectivity coexist with political or ethical commitment? 140

7 Is objectivity changing in an era of 24/7 news and on-line journalism? 173

8 Is objectivity a universal journalistic norm? 201

References 230

Index 254

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Objectivity in Journalism is an invaluable guide to the debates about objectivity. At a time when superficial attacks on objectivity proliferate, Maras forces us to think more deeply about the issue, as journalism undergoes a revolution in its ethics. This is a solid, accessible book for anyone who cares about responsible journalism.’
Professor Stephen Ward, University of Wisconsin-Madison

‘Continuing debate about the meaning and significance of journalistic objectivity will, as a result of this book, be much more informed and nuanced. Steven Maras does an excellent job in providing us with both an account of the idea of journalistic objectivity and an interpretation of its various meanings, shortcomings and continuing significance. A very thoughtful book on all counts.’
Professor Jacqueline Harrison, Sheffield University

‘The technological and business revolutions that have transformed journalism have brought new attention to whether “objectivity” is possible or even desirable. Steven Maras offers many valuable insights into the origins of this tangled concept, and the best ways for journalists, and the public that relies on them, to think about “objectivity” now.’
James Fallows, The Atlantic, author of Breaking the News

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