The study of news and news practice is rich in examinations of what journalists owe to society. However, this book looks at what journalists can expect from society: what roles ownership structures, colleagues, governments and audiences should play so journalists can do their jobs well – and safely.
What Journalists Are Owed draws on a variety of research perspectives – legal and ethical analysis, surveys, interviews and content analysis – in different national settings to look at how those relationships among stakeholders are developing in a time of rapid and often unsettling chance to the political and economic environments that surround journalism. Journalism can be a risky business. This book opens some discussions on those risks can be described and mitigated.
There’s no shortage of writing about what journalists owe society – but if society wants journalism done well, what does it owe journalists in return? This volume opens a discussion on the cultural, legal-system and professional agreements that societies should provide so journalists can do their jobs in increasingly hostile political environments. This book was originally published as a special issue of Journalism Studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Duties, Rights and Election-Night Pizza: Toward an Agenda of ‘What Journalists Are Owed, Fred Vultee and Lee Wilkins
Chapter 1: All in the Game: Communitarianism and The Wire, Chad Painter
Chapter 2: What Does Society Owe Political Cartoonists? Jenn Burleson Mackay
Chapter 3: The Networks of Global Journalism: Global News Construction Through the Collaboration of Global News Startups with Freelancers, Lea Hellmueller, Sadia Ehsan Cheema, Xu Zhang
Chapter 4: Pakistani Government-News Media Relationships: How Relevant Are Western Journalistic Values? Nadeem Akhtar and Cornelius B. Pratt
Chapter 5: Rearticulating New York Times V. Sullivan As A Social Duty to Journalists, Aimee Edmondson
Chapter 6: Watching Over the Watchdogs: The Problems that Filipino Journalists Face, Edson C. Tandoc Jr.
Fred Vultee is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication, Wayne State University, USA.
Lee Wilkins is a Professor Emerita at the Department of Communication, Wayne State University, USA and Professor Emerita at the School of Journalism, University of Missouri, USA.