Complacency and Collusion

Complacency and Collusion : A Critical Introduction to Business and Financial Journalism

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Complacency and Collusion focuses on the practice of financial and business journalism, giving compelling explanations for why big business needs the press and why the press needs big business.

The growing passivity and changing bias of Western journalists is widely acknowledged. Across the media, in newspapers, TV, media and the internet, journalism is increasingly hollowed out by writers who are no longer gathering news but rather churning out unsourced information, PR texts and online snippets. Behind this dubious practice is an increasingly invested corporate sector whose stake in the mainstream media as a mouthpiece has exponentially increased in the last few decades.

The book cuts through the misreporting that has occurred since the financial crisis and makes clear the inadequacies of articles in prestigious papers and magazines, such as the Economist and Financial Times. It reflects on what the growth and spread of complacent corporate journalism will mean for the future of a free media.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745332048
  • 9780745332048

Table of contents

1. Business Reporting and the History of Business Journalism

2. The Business Story

3. Newspapers

4. TV/Radio/Electronic Channels of Communication

5. Business, Financial and Trade Magazines

6. The Business Journalist

7. Reporting Labour: Strikes and Industrial Disputes

8. Reporting the City

9. Public Relations, Business Journalism and Commercial Pressures

10. Scandals, Crises and Crashes

11. Business Journalism and Society



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About Keith J. Butterick

Keith J. Butterick is director of the Huddersfield Centre for Communication and Consultation Research at the University of Huddersfield and the author of Introducing Public Relations Theory and Practice (Sage, 2011) and Complacency and Collusion (Pluto, 2015). He is an award winning business journalist, magazine editor and former director of a financial Public Relations consultancy.
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