What Journalists Are Owed: How Structures, Systems and Audiences Enable News Work Today, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

What Journalists Are Owed

How Structures, Systems and Audiences Enable News Work Today, 1st Edition

Edited by Fred Vultee, Lee Wilkins


130 pages

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pub: 2019-12-20
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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.

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Journalism Studies

Theory and Practice

The journal Journalism Studies was established at the turn of the new millennium by Bob Franklin. It was launched in the context of a burgeoning interest in the scholarly study of journalism and an expansive global community of journalism scholars and researchers. The ambition was to provide a forum for the critical discussion and study of journalism as a subject of intellectual inquiry but also an arena of professional practice. Previously, the study of journalism in the UK and much of Europe was a fairly marginal branch of the larger disciplines of media, communication and cultural studies; only a handful of Universities offered degree programmes in the subject. Journalism Studies has flourished and succeeded in providing the intended public space for discussion of research on key issues within the field, to the point where in 2007 a sister journal, Journalism Practice, was launched to enable an enhanced focus on practice-based issues, as well as foregrounding studies of journalism education, training and professional concerns. Both journals are among the leading ranked journals within the field and publish six issues annually, in electronic and print formats. From the outset, the publication of themed issues has been a commitment for both journals. Their purpose is first, to focus on highly significant or neglected areas of the field; second, to facilitate discussion and analysis of important and topical policy issues; and third, to offer readers an especially high quality and closely focused set of essays, analyses and discussions; or all three.

The Journalism Studies: Theory and Practice book series draws on a wide range of these themed issues from both journals and thereby extends the critical and public forum provided by them. The Editor of the journals works closely with guest editors to ensure that the books achieve relevance for readers and the highest standards of research rigour and academic excellence. The series makes a significant contribution to the field of journalism studies by inviting distinguished scholars, academics and journalism practitioners to discuss and debate the central concerns within the field. It also reaches a wider readership of scholars, students and practitioners across the social sciences, humanities and communication arts, encouraging them to engage critically with, but also to interrogate, the specialist scholarly studies of journalism which this series provides.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Media & Communications Industries
LAW / Media & the Law
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies