News objectivity has been debated for many decades. Yet the new communications environment, marked by technological, social and political innovations, invites us to re-examine objectivity. To what extent can news reporting be objective? What is objectivity? How is it affected by the rise of new forms of journalism, such as citizen and participatory journalism? Tumber and Prentoulis set out to re-work and define the concept and how it correlates to today's 'crisis' in journalism. Each of the key types of journalism are analysed, including literary journalism, public journalism, peace journalism, online journalism and journalism of attachment. The book opens up new insights and new understanding of the changing world of journalism. It will be important for all students and researchers interested in the sociology of journalism, news reporting and communication.
Howard Tumber is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at City University, UK. He was Dean of the School of Social Sciences for five years 1999-2004. Previous to that he was Head of the Department of Sociology 1996-1999. He is the author of seven books and has published widely in the field of the sociology of news and journalism. He is also founder and co-editor of the journal, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. His recent work concerns the role of journalists and the reporting of international conflict. Marina Prentoulis is Lecturer in Media and Politics at the University of East Anglia, UK. She has lectured at a number of universities including City University, Open University and the University of Middlesex and is currently Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism, City University.
Introduction Journalism, Objectivity and Adjacent Concepts: Balance, Detachment, Neutrality, Impartiality New Forms of Journalism 1: Literary Journalism and Emotional Journalism Public Journalism and Non-governmental Sources Journalism of Attachment Public Service Broadcasting and Fairness Doctrine, Fox News, Talk Radio and the Sensational New Forms of Journalism 2: Blogging, Twittering, Citizen Journalism and User-generated Content Conclusion