1st Edition

Understanding Broadcast Journalism

    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    Understanding Broadcast Journalism presents an insightful exploration of broadcast journalism today; its characteristics, motivations, methods and paradigms. The authors balance discussions of industry practice with critical examinations of content, across television, radio and associated multiplatform journalism. They highlight key issues including ownership and shifting regulatory environments, the revolutionary role of user-generated-content and digital convergence, and coverage of global issues by rolling news services.

    Chapters include:

    • a brief history of broadcasting;

    • an overview of recent commercial challenges in the news industry and the impact on television news;

    • current trends in the running of local radio stations, with particular focus on the rise of ‘hubbing’;

    • the ethics of broadcast journalism;

    • the significance of international broadcasters including the BBC, CNN and Al-Jazeera.

    The book identifies how the dissemination of broadcast journalism is evolving, whilst also arguing for the continued resilience of this industry now and in the future, making the case that journalistic storytelling remains at its most effective in broadcast environments. Professional journalists and students of media studies and journalism will find this a timely and thought-provoking intervention, which will help to inform their professional practice and research.


    1. The importance of being broadcast

    2. Understanding radio journalism

    3. Television journalism today

    4. New platforms, new journalism?

    5. Broadcast journalism in context

    6. The ethics of broadcast journalism

    7. A world of journalisms: CNN and all that Al-Jazeera

    8. A broadcast future or fragmentation on-demand?


    Stephen Jukes is Professor of Journalism at Bournemouth University. His research focuses on objectivity and emotion in news with an emphasis on affect, trauma and conflict. A former foreign correspondent and Head of News at Reuters, he has edited a series of books on the Middle East and written extensively on journalism and trauma.

    Katy McDonald is Lecturer in Journalism at Newcastle University. A former broadcast journalist, her research interests include the effect on journalists of technological, financial and cultural changes in radio newsroom practices. She has published on newsroom ‘hubbing’ in UK commercial radio, and mediatisation.

    Guy Starkey is Professor and Associate Dean, Global Engagement at Bournemouth University. His research interests include radio and journalism practices, institutions and technologies. A radio producer and presenter, his publications include Radio Journalism (Sage, with Andrew Crisell) and Radio in Context (Palgrave Macmillan).