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Critical Perspectives on Journalistic Beliefs and Actions

Global Experiences, 1st Edition

Edited by Eric Freedman, Robyn S. Goodman, Elanie Steyn


248 pages

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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


1. Exploring the terrain: How global journalists personally and professionally navigate 21st century barriers and alter the field.

(Robyn 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 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 Kurambaev)

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)

About the Editors

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

About the Series

Routledge Research in Journalism

This series is our home for innovative research in journalism. It includes monographs and edited collections that provide insight into a field that faces the challenges of an ever-evolving news and media environment.


To submit a proposal for this series, please contact:
Suzanne Richardson, Commissioning Editor for Media, Cultural and Communication Studies
[email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies