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Journalism: Truth or Dare?
Hargreaves, IanPublisher: Oxford University Press, New York, USA
Year Published: 2003
Pages: 294pp Price: 19.95 ISBN: 0-19-280274-7
Resource Type: Book
Ian Hargreaves discusses the history, development, future and ethics of journalism and describes journalists' relationship with the public. He focuses on the increase in journalism's influence and the criticism thrown at journalism today by all sectors of society.
Abstract: This book is by one of Britain's top journalists who is also a Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University. He has held senior positions at the BBC, the Financial Times, the Independent and the New Statesman. In Journalism: Truth or Dare, Ian Hargreaves discusses the history, development, future and ethics of journalism and describes journalists' relationship with the public. He focuses on the increase in journalism's influence and the criticism thrown at journalism today by all sectors of society including politicians, philosophers, religious groups, the general public and journalists themselves.
The first chapter begins by describing dangers faced by journalists world-wide and the many deaths that go unnoticed. The book goes on to cover a wide variety of topics related to journalism including tabloid news, investigative reporting, war coverage and journalism as entertainment. Hargreaves makes some interesting comments about journalism as entertainment and journalists as celebrities. He says that often journalists are stars in their own eyes as well as the public's, heroes setting the world to rights. He gives the example of Clark Kent, the reporter who saves the world as Superman, as a popular symbol of this viewpoint. The book is full of many similar interesting connections and examples.
Other significant issues in the book include threats to journalism in today's world and the role of political and economic factors in influencing what is written/reported. War reporting is discussed in some detail as is government censorship of it. The book describes how and why war reporting has become more visual, and violent images more prevalent than before. It also contains several photographs of newspaper clippings and famous editors along with other related illustrations. Overall, it is an interesting, thorough and easy to understand discussion of the various aspects of journalism.
[Abstract by Nabeeha Chaudhary]
Table of Contents
List of Instructions
Introduction: The Paradox of Power
1. Born Free: Press Freedom and Beyond
2. Big Brother: Journalism and the State
3. Star-Struck: Journalism as Entertainment
4. Up to a Point, Lord Copper's: Who Owns Journalists
5. Hacks v.Flaks: Journalism and Public Relations
6. Murder is my Meat: The Ethics of Journalism
7. Matt's Modem: Tomorrow's Journalism
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