This book looks at criticisms of the journalism profession and evaluates many of the changes in journalism--both positive and negative. In addition, it suggests what the many changes mean for this nation and indeed for the world at large, as American journalism--its methods and standards--has markedly influenced the way many millions overseas receive news and view their world. Based on author William Hachten's 50-year involvement with newspapers and journalism education, The Troubles of Journalism serves as a realistic examination of the profession, and is appropriate for upper-level undergraduate courses in journalism and media criticism.
Since the previous edition of The Troubles of Journalism, many significant challenges have occurred in the media: the events of September 11, the war on terrorism, mergers and consolidation of media ownership, new concerns about press credibility, the expanding and controversial role of cable news channels, the growing impact role of news and comment on the Internet, and continuing globalization and controversy over the role of American media in international communications. To do justice to these recent "troubles" of the news media, important additions and modifications have been made in every chapter of this Third Edition.
"'Good journalism does matter,' according to Hachten, who in this update of a book first published in 1998 again successfully explores the virtues and faults of US news coverage and the myriad challenges to good journalism. Another enhancement is material on recent press plagiarism scandals. Libraries that own the earlier editions should replace them with this one….Highly recommended."
Contents: Preface to Third Edition. Preface. Introduction. Best News Media in the World? Global Impact of American Media. Freedom of the Press: Theory and Values. Recent History of the Press. Bigger, Fewer, and More Like-Minded. News on the Air: A Sense of Decline. The Fading American Newspaper. Why the Public Mistrusts the Media. The Clinton Scandal and Mixed Media. Foreign News Revived? Covering Wars in an Era of Terrorism. News and Comment on the Internet. Educating Journalists. Conclusion: Journalism at a Time of Change.