Journalism: Critical Issues by Stuart Allan

By Stuart Allan

This edited assortment introduces information media stories to the undergraduate reader. Drawing jointly a thrilling number of unique essays from journalism, cultural reviews and media stories, this article highlights a number of of the main major issues and debates during this box. Journalism is geared up to handle a sequence of subject matters pertinent to the continuing conceptual improvement of stories media reports around the world, with a selected specialise in paintings carried out within the usa and Britain. An introductory bankruptcy through the editor units the scene for the dialogue through offering a concise, up to date evaluation of a number of key matters with regards to the learn of stories and journalism.

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S. (2002) Self-Exposure: Human Interest Journalism and the Emergence of Celebrity in America, 1890–1940. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press. Reisman, D. (1950) The Lonely Crowd. New Haven: Yale University Press. Rojek, C. (2001) Celebrity. London: Reaktion. Turner, G. (2004) Understanding Celebrity. London: Sage. , Bonner, F. and Marshall, P. D. (2000) Fame Games: the Production of Celebrity in Australia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2 Race, ideology and journalism Black power and television news Jane Rhodes • • • • • • Why was the civil rights struggle a popular subject for television news?

The expansion of newspapers and other print publications was partially dependent on a different organization of power. Combined with the expanded political enfranchisement and general literacy in the nineteenth century, the newspaper transformed into the key site for information and popular debate about political issues in countries such as the US, France and the UK. With the shift to a mass subscriber base for income and profits (through selling space to advertisers interested in reaching this wider audience), some newspapers in these countries at least symbolically came to represent the interests and desires of the populace.

In the US and much of the Western world, these ideologies are based on the assumption that there are biologically defined racial groups – that you can determine people’s membership in a racial category by the way they look and behave. This concept – biological determinism – has remained a tenacious assumption even as scientists have increasingly disputed the idea that humans can be divided into pure, definable races. In the US, ideas about different racial categories can be traced to sixteenth-century European exploration of the New World and contact with indigenous peoples, and the emergence of the African slave trade.

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