Journalism: A Very Short Introduction

Journalism: A Very Short Introduction

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Almost everyone reads the newspaper, browses the Internet, listens to the radio or watches TV. Journalism has an indelible effect on our worldview-from the fight against global terrorism to the American presidential elections, celebrity scandal to the latest environmental coups. Hargreaves uses his unique position within the media to examine how we get this information and the many practical, political and professional decisions that the journalist has to make, as part of the process of delivering that information to us. Is journalism the 'first draft of history' or a dumbing-down of our culture and a glorification of the trivial and intrusive? In this intriguing book Ian Hargreaves argues that the core principles of 'freedom of the press' and the necessity of exposing the truth are as vital today as they ever were. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 110 x 168 x 12mm | 158.76g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map, numerous halftones
  • 0192806564
  • 9780192806567
  • 557,443

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Hargreaves has written a timely and disturbing account of journalism in peril. Martin Bell, The Times Ian Hargreaves is a distinguished journalist and academic with a fine track record of editorial integrity and incisive thought. Chris Cramer, Director of News, CNNshow more

About Ian Hargreaves

Ian Hargreaves is a Professor of Journalism at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. He is one of Britain's leading journalists and one of the very few to have held senior positions in newspapers, magazines, television and radio. He was Director of News and Current Affairs at the BBC, Deputy Editor of the Finanical Times, Editor of the Independent and Editor of the New Statesman. Although a life-long journalist, Hargreaves has also been a prominent figure in political and policy debates, which ground his arguments about journalism in a social and economic more

Table of contents

1. Children of the Revolution: journalism and the market ; 2. Journalism and the idea of press freedom ; 3. The Pen and the Sword: journalism and the state ; 4. There's no business like show business: journalism as entertainment ; 5. Who owns journalists? ; 6. Journalism and public relations ; 7. A cookie laced with arsenic: journalism and ethicsshow more

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