It's easy to make a rhetorical case for the value of journalism. Because, it is a necessary precondition for democracy; it speaks to the people and for the people; it informs citizens and enables them to make rational decisions; it functions as their watchdog on government and other powers that be.
But does rehashing such familiar rationales bring journalism studies forward? Does it contribute to ongoing discussions surrounding journalism's viability going forth? For all their seeming self-evidence, this book considers what bearing these old platitudes have in the new digital era. It asks whether such hopeful talk really reflects the concrete roles journalism now performs for people in their everyday lives. In essence, it poses questions that strike at the core of the idea of journalism itself. Is there a singular journalism that has one well-defined role in society? Is its public mandate as strong as we think?
The internationally-renowned scholars comprising the collection address these recurring concerns that have long-defined the profession and which journalism faces even more acutely today. By discussing what journalism was, is, and (possibly) will be, this book highlights key contemporary areas of debate and tackles on-going anxieties about its future.
Chris Peters is Associate Professor of Media and Communication at Aalborg University's Copenhagen campus. His research explores how people get and experience news and information in everyday life, and the sociocultural impact of transformations in the digital era. His publications include Rethinking Journalism and Retelling Journalism. Marcel Broersma is Professor of Journalism Studies and Media, and the director of the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies at the University of Groningen. He has published widely on historical and current transformations in journalism. His publications include Form and Style in Journalism, Rethinking Journalism and Retelling Journalism.
Introduction: Towards a Functional Perspective on Journalism's Role and Relevance Marcel Broersma and Chris Peters Part I: Journalism and Its Societal Role Chapter 1 Reconstructing Journalism's Public Rationale Nick Couldry Chapter 2 Reappraising Journalism's Normative Foundations John Steel Chapter 3 Establishing the Boundaries of Journalism's Public Mandate Matt Carlson Chapter 4 The Disruption in Journalistic Expertise Zvi Reich and Yigal Godler Chapter 5 New Media, Search Engines and Social Networking Sites as Varieties of Online Gatekeepers Rasmus Kleis Nielsen Chapter 6 Is There a `Postmodern Turn' in Journalism? Karin Wahl-Jorgensen Part II: Journalism and Its Public Relevance Chapter 7 What Journalism Becomes Mark Deuze and Tamara Witschge Chapter 8 The Journalist as Entrepreneur Jane B. Singer Chapter 9 A Journalism of Care Kaori Hayashi Chapter 10 From Participation to Reciprocity in the Journalist-Audience Relationship Seth C. Lewis, Avery E. Holton and Mark Coddington Chapter 11 The Gap Between The Media and the Public Pablo J. Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein Chapter 12 The Rhetorical Illusions of News Chris Peters and Marcel Broersma Afterword Crisis? What Crisis? Silvio Waisbord Afterword Revisioning Journalism and `The Pictures in Our Heads' Stuart Allan