This volume offers a critical and constructive examination of the claims of public journalism, the controversial movement aimed at getting the press to promote and indeed improve (not merely report on) the quality of public life. From leading contributors, original essays refine the terms of the debate by situating it within a broad cultural, historical and philosophical framework.
Exploring the movement's promise as well as its problems, The Idea of Public Journalism sheds lights on issues of political power, freedom of expression, democratic participation and press responsibility.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Journalism as a Democratic Art, Campbell. Introduction: The Idea of Public Journalism, Glasser. I. The Challenge of Public Journalism. The Action of the idea: Public Journalism in Built Form, Rosen. In Defense of Public Journalism, Carey. The Common Good as First Principle, Christians. Making Readers into Citizens--The Old Fashioned Way, Leonard. The Challenge for Public Journalism. Public Journalism and Democratic Theory: Four Challenges, Peters. What Public Journalism Knows about Journalism but Doesn't Know about "Public", Schudson. Journalism and the Sociology of Public Life, Pauly. Making the Neighborhood Work: The Improbabilities of Public Journalism, Zelizer. Appendices: A. On Evaluating Public Journalism, Chaffee, McDevitt Reinventing the Press for the Age of Commercial Appeals: Writings on and about Public Journalism, Hardt C. A Selected and Annotated Bibliography.