Journalism and the Public

Journalism and the Public

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The public, James Carey famously wrote, is the god-term of journalism, the term without which the entire enterprise fails to make sense. In the last thirty years, scholars have made great progress in understanding just what this means.

In this much-needed new book, leading scholar David Ryfe takes readers on a journey through the literature that explores this most important of relationships. He discusses how and why journalism first emerged in the United States, and why journalism everywhere shares a family resemblance but is nowhere practised in precisely the same way. He goes on to explain why journalists have such difficulty talking about the business aspects of their profession, and explores the boundaries of the field's collective imagination. Ryfe looks at the nature of change in journalism, providing sketches of its possible futures. Ultimately, he argues that the public is a keyword for journalism because it is impossible to understand the practice without it.

This rich and insightful guide will prove indispensable for anyone interested in understanding the practice of journalism.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 153 x 217 x 22mm | 404g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0745671608
  • 9780745671604

Table of contents

Table of Contents
Introduction1
The Tradition
A New Approach
Plan of the Book
Chapter 1 Theory
Publics
Journalism
Journalism and the Public
Chapter 2 Emergence
Early Cases
The Development of the American Field
The Field of French Journalism
The Form of News
Conclusion
Chapter 3 Outside the West
History
Markets
The Chinese Field of Journalism
Investigative Journalism
Conclusion
Chapter 4 The Journalistic Imagination
Normative Accounts
Journalists Should Tell the Truth
Journalists Should Build Community
Journalists Should Foster Deliberative Conversation
What Should Journalists Do?
Chapter 5 Journalism and Change
A Recap
Mapping Change
Time and Change
Persistence
Conclusion
Chapter 6 Moving Forward
What We Know
What We Do Not Know
Responses
Networked Journalism and Democracy
References
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"In this brilliant and wide-ranging book, David Ryfe demonstrates how journalism is deeply shaped by its relations to other institutions of public life. Journalism and the Public is an important contribution to the international comparative study of news."
Rodney Benson, New York University

"A picture of the public and its relationship with journalism has held us captive. In this excellent book, David Ryfe sets us free. Writing with clarity and verve, he shows that while the relationship varies in response to pressures from state, market, and civil society, a connection between journalism and the public is everywhere at the heart of the profession and what it aims to accomplish."
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, University of Oxford
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"In this brilliant and wide-ranging book, David Ryfe demonstrates how journalism is deeply shaped by its relations to other institutions of public life. Journalism and the Public is an important contribution to the international comparative study of news." Rodney Benson, New York University "A picture of the public and its relationship with journalism has held us captive. In this excellent book, David Ryfe sets us free. Writing with clarity and verve, he shows that while the relationship varies in response to pressures from state, market, and civil society, a connection between journalism and the public is everywhere at the heart of the profession and what it aims to accomplish." Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, University of Oxford
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About David M. Ryfe

David M. Ryfe is Professor and Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa.
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