This book argues that the personal voice, which is often disparaged in journalism teaching, is and always has been a prevalent form of journalism. Paradoxically, the aim of 'objective' reporters is often to be known for a distinctive 'voice'. This personal voice is becoming increasingly visible in the context of 'the confessional society'.
"Speaking Personally is a remarkably perceptive treatment of first person journalism, one certain to spark lively discussion and debate. Ros Coward expertly critiques the factors shaping the popularity of personal, opinionated and confessional genres of reportage, sharing with the reader incisive insights into pertinent research as well as her own experience as a columnist. Throughout she assesses the implications for journalism's ethical duty to care, not least where ordinary people find themselves at risk of exploitation when intimate details of their private lives become public news. This is a rich and rewarding book that deserves to be widely read." - Stuart Allan, Professor of Journalism, The Media School, Bournemouth University, UK "This is a wonderfully original, wide-ranging, in-depth and bang-up-to-date exploration of the many issues surrounding the ever-growing prominence of the 'personal voice' in the media. Like all the best scholarship, it is both enjoyable to read - and thought-provoking." - Richard Keeble, Acting Head of Lincoln School of Journalism, University of Lincoln, UK "Well written and including a helpful bibliography and index ... a solid resource for those interested in journalism and creative writing." - Choice
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 13th November 2013
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8 x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.2