A complete, coherent theory of journalism that defines the basic concepts from which to understand and answer the many questions surrounding the nature and role of 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.
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 References Index
Reviews An excellent discussion of the many publics of the US, this volume will help the reader better understand the nature of audiences when attempting to inform or persuade others.—Choice