Discovering Journalism

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - 223 pages
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Journalism is the branch of mass communications that provides people with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about issues affecting their personal and public lives. Journalism not only provides news but also presents interpretation, evaluation, and persuasion. Any discussion about journalism requires a common understanding of basic terms and concepts. By defining what journalism is, this book provides the answers to many current questions and debates about the current state of the mass media: What is news? Is journalism concerned with more than news? What are the purposes of editorials? Is it good or bad to combine journalism and fiction? Is it possible to report the news objectively? How are public relations and advertising related to journalism?

This book will appeal to all persons seeking a solid understanding and knowledge about the functions and responsibilities of journalism. Terms are specifically defined and related to the broad context of mass communications.

 

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Contents

Prelude to Discovery
1
Journalism Rediscovered
15
The Many Meanings of News
37
Beyond the News
53
Democratic Promise Democratic
73
Journalism and Some Types of Fiction
91
The Object of Journalistic Objectivity
113
Freedom of the Press
133
The Editorial Section as a Forum
151
Journalists and Their Education
169
Fitting It All Together
189
References
211
Index
219
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About the author (1999)

WARREN G. BOVÉE is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at Marquette University. In 1994, he was named a life member of the National Conference of Editorial Writers. He is the author or editor of four other books and of more than one hundred professional and scholarly articles and reviews.

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