Journalism entered the twenty-first century caught in a paradox. The world had more journalism, across a wider range of media, than at any time since the birth of the western free press in the eighteenth century. Western journalists had found themselves under a cloud of suspicion: from politicians, philosophers, the general public, anti-globalization radicals, religious groups, and even from fellow journalists. Critics argued that the news industry had lost its moral bearings, focusing on high investment returns rather than reporting and analyzing the political, economic, and social issues of the day.
In the new edition of this thought-provoking and provocative Very Short Introduction, Ian Hargreaves examines the world of contemporary journalism. He considers how technology has impacted the way major international events are reported, examines the development of online entertainment journalism, and chronicles the impact of the international financial crisis on the industry. By looking not only at what journalism has been in the past, but also what it is becoming in the digital age, major issues related to reportage, warfare, celebrity culture, privacy, and technology worldwide are closely examined.
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`Review from previous edition 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, CNN
Introduction: The power paradox
1: Born free: a brief history of news media
2: Big brother: journalism and the altered state
3: The first casualty: journalists at war
4: Star-struck: journalism as entertainment
5: Up to a point, Lord Copper's: who owns journalists?
6: Hacks v. flacks: journalism and public relations
7: Murder is my meat: the ethics of journalism
8: Digital: after the deluge
Series: Very Short Introductions
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 28th August 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 11.2 x 17.3
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised