Critical Perspectives on Journalistic Beliefs and Actions
This book provides case studies, many incorporating in-depth interviews and surveys of journalists. It examines issues such as journalists’ attitudes toward their contributions to society; the impact of industry and technological changes; culture and minority issues in the newsroom and profession; the impact of censorship and self-censorship; and coping with psychological pressures and physical safety dilemmas. Its chapters also highlight journalists’ challenges in national and multinational contexts. International scholars, conducting research within a wide range of authoritarian, semi-democratic, and democratic systems, contributed to this examination of journalistic practices in the Arab World, Australia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, China, Denmark, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Samoa, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United States.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Exploring the terrain: How global journalists personally and professionally navigate 21st century barriers and alter the field. (Robyn S. Goodman) Part I. Journalists’ attitudes toward their jobs and the profession 2. Serving the people and the Party: Chinese journalists' passion and regrets on the job (Jiafei Yin) 3. Australian journalists at work: Their views on employment, unionization, and professional identity (Penny O’Donnell) 4. TV news in India: Journalists in transition (Indira S. Somani and Jane O’Boyle) 5. "It’s like a family!": How Danish journalists connect across broadcasters (Line Hassall Thomsen) 6. Journalists in Taiwan: Marketplace challenges in a free media system (Cheryl Ann Lambert and H. Denis Wu) 7. Community radio in Bangladesh: Limited reach with unlimited impact (Imran Hasnat & Elanie Steyn) Part II. Confronting change 8. Caste, politics, religion, and region vs. journalistic profession: a crisis of deference in Indian journalism (C.S.H.N. Murthy) 9. Russia’s regional media: Paths to independence and financial survival (Wilson Lowrey and Elina Erzikova) 10. Journalists in an age of technology: Covering a turbulent Arab world (Nadia Rahman) Part III. Ethics and standards 11. Professional ethics: High levels of corruption in Kenyan journalism practice (Kioko Ireri) 12. ‘When it bleeds it still leads': Malaysian crime reporters, ethics, and decision-making (Sharon Wilson) 13. Reporting on both sides: An investigative journalist on the U.S.–Mexico border (Sergio Haro Cordero, Luz María Ortega Villa, and Graciela Tapia Corrales) Part IV. Culture and minority issues 14. Chasing dreams in the United States: Contemporary Chinese ethnic media journalists and their roles in local news coverage (Xinxin Amy Yang) 15. When an editor decides to listen to a city: South Africa’s Heather Robertson, The Herald, and Nelson Mandela Bay (Anthea Garman and Vanessa Malila) 16. Fa’a Samoa and the fourth estate: How Samoan journalists negotiate complex traditional values, beliefs, and protocols (Marie Oelgemöller) Part IV. Journalists and press freedom under fire 17. Kyrgyzstan’s journalists: Working under fear (Bahtiyar Kurambayev) 18. Journalists jailed and muzzled: Censorship in Turkey during AKP rule (Duygu Kanver) 19. "Bear in mind ... and do not bite the hand that feeds you": Institutionalized self-censorship and its impact on journalistic practice in post-communist countries—the case of Bulgaria. (Lada Trifonova Price) Conclusion: Through the looking glass (Eric Freedman)
Eric Freedman is Knight Chair and Director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University, USA
Robyn S. Goodman is Professor of Communication Studies at Alfred University, USA
Elanie Steyn is Associate Professor and Head of Journalism in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, USA