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Journalism and the End of Objectivityby Howard Tumber
Synopses & Reviews
News objectivity has been debated for many decades. Yet the new communications environment, marked by technological, social and political innovations, invites us to re-examine objectivity. To what extent can news reporting be objective? What is objectivity? How is it affected by the rise of new forms of journalism, such as citizen and participatory journalism?
Tumber and Prentoulis set out to re-work and define the concept and how it correlates to today's 'crisis' in journalism. Each of the key types of journalism are analysed, including literary journalism, public journalism, peace journalism, online journalism and journalism of attachment. The book opens up new insights and new understanding of the changing world of journalism. It will be important for all students and researchers interested in the sociology of journalism, news reporting and communication.
Events of the last two decades including the Gulf War, 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan have called into question the role of journalism and news media. The meaning of objectivity is particularly contested. This book is a current, timely analysis of the meaning of objectivity and its role in contemporary journalistic practice.
About the Author
Howard Tumber is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at City University, UK. He is the author of seven books and has published widely in the field of the sociology of news and journalism. He is also founder and co-editor of the journal, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. His recent work concerns the role of journalists and the reporting of international conflict.
Marina Prentoulis is Lecturer in Media and Politics at the University of East Anglia, UK. She has lectured at a number of universities including City University, Open University and the University of Middlesex and is currently Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism, City University.
Table of Contents
Journalism, Objectivity and Adjacent Concepts: Balance, Detachment, Neutrality, Impartiality
New Forms of Journalism
1: Literary Journalism and Emotional Journalism
Public Journalism and Non-governmental Sources
Journalism of Attachment
Public Service Broadcasting and Fairness Doctrine, Fox News, Talk Radio and the Sensational
New Forms of Journalism
2: Blogging, Twittering, Citizen Journalism and User-generated Content
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