News, Public Affairs, and the Public Sphere in a Digital Nation

News, Public Affairs, and the Public Sphere in a Digital Nation : Rise of the Audience

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Reporting makes a significant difference not just in the amount of public affairs information available to a community, but also in the amount and type of conversations about self-governance that take place in the digital world. Simpson argues that without daily professional journalism, the audience is forced to craft their own news feeds, often resulting in conversations without foundation.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 274 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 19 tables, 2 graphs
  • 0739190156
  • 9780739190159

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Timeliness is on the side of Simpson, with the recent (grudging) reporting by The New York Times on the role of Facebook in print journalism. This study, tellingly subtitled 'Rise of the Audience,' adds research based on regional Ohio media markets and historical perspective to frame a now-familiar trend, the rise of citizen journalism thanks to social media. Stepping back to add intellectual heft-he includes impressive references to Habermas, Thomas Friedman, and less-known media scholars-the author makes a few valuable points: for example, he includes a strong digression on the role of geography in thought and a solid section on the Telecommunications Act and its Good Samaritan clause...Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. CHOICE Simpson's case studies of Ohio counties are detailed, thorough, and rigorously analyzed. The author effectively catalogues what is happening locally in print, on television, and online, and seamlessly ties it into economic and cultural patterns affecting the nation and the industry as a whole. The result is a fresh and insightful window into the public sphere, at eye level, of a local media market. -- Joseph Hayden, University of Memphis Edgar Simpson's intriguing book explores how the changing nature of journalism affects real people and actual communities. Simpson uses his impressive research to help us understand how news is reported and consumed in our transformed media environment. News, Public Affairs, and the Public Sphere in a Digital Nation: Rise of the Audience is important reading for those who want to ensure that we live in a democracy with informed citizens. -- Jon Marshall, Northwestern Universityshow more

About Edgar Simpson

Edgar Simpson is assistant professor of public affairs and digital journalism at Central Michigan University.show more

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Rise of the Audience Chapter 2: The Shifting News Landscape Chapter 3: Pixels, Posts, and Producers Chapter 4: Building Their Own Narrative Chapter 5: The Mean Sphere and the Empty Sphere Chapter 6: #chardonshooting: The Inverted Sphere Chapter 7: Citizens and Journalism Chapter 8: Journalismshow more

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