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Normative Theories of the Media: Journalism in Democratic Societies (History of Communication)

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In this book, five leading scholars of media and communication take on the difficult but important task of explicating the role of journalism in democratic societies. Using Fred S. Siebert, Theodore Peterson, and Wilbur Schramm's classic Four Theories of the Press as their point of departure, the authors explore the philosophical underpinnings and the political realities that inform a normative approach to questions about the relationship between journalism and democracy, investigating not just what journalism is but what it ought to be.

 

The authors identify four distinct yet overlapping roles for the media: the monitorial role of a vigilant informer collecting and publishing information of potential interest to the public; the facilitative role that not only reports on but also seeks to support and strengthen civil society; the radical role that challenges authority and voices support for reform; and the collaborative role that creates partnerships between journalists and centers of power in society, notably the state, to advance mutually acceptable interests. Demonstrating the value of a reconsideration of media roles, Normative Theories of the Media provides a sturdy foundation for subsequent discussions of the changing media landscape and what it portends for democratic ideals.

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A contemporary analysis of mass media and modern democracy

About the Author

Clifford G. Christians is research professor of communications and the director of the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Theodore L. Glasser is a professor of communication at Stanford University. Denis McQuail is a professor emeritus of mass communication at the University of Amsterdam. Kaarle Nordenstreng is a professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Tampere, Finland. Robert A. White is a professor of social sciences and communications at St. Augustine University of Tanzania.

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gloriachristian80, June 18, 2012 (view all comments by gloriachristian80)
No society can exist without communication which invariably means that there is no society without communication. The media serve as a backbone for a given society. Normative theory of the media explains how the media works to the benefit of the society.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780252076183
Author:
Christians, Clifford G.
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Author:
McQuail, Denis
Author:
White, Roberta
Author:
Glasser, Theodore
Author:
Nordenstreng, Kaarle
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Journalism -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
Communication Studies
Subject:
Journalism-Reference
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Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
History of Communication
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 line drawings; 2 tables
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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In this book, five leading scholars of media and communication take on the difficult but important task of explicating the role of journalism in democratic societies. Using Fred S. Siebert, Theodore Peterson, and Wilbur Schramm's classic Four Theories of the Press as their point of departure, the authors explore the philosophical underpinnings and the political realities that inform a normative approach to questions about the relationship between journalism and democracy, investigating not just what journalism is but what it ought to be.

 

The authors identify four distinct yet overlapping roles for the media: the monitorial role of a vigilant informer collecting and publishing information of potential interest to the public; the facilitative role that not only reports on but also seeks to support and strengthen civil society; the radical role that challenges authority and voices support for reform; and the collaborative role that creates partnerships between journalists and centers of power in society, notably the state, to advance mutually acceptable interests. Demonstrating the value of a reconsideration of media roles, Normative Theories of the Media provides a sturdy foundation for subsequent discussions of the changing media landscape and what it portends for democratic ideals.

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A contemporary analysis of mass media and modern democracy
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