The Idea of Journalism

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Steel, J. 2009. The Idea of Journalism. in: Eadie, W. F. (ed.) 21st Century Communication: A Reference Handbook California SAGE Publishing.
AuthorsSteel, J.
EditorsEadie, W. F.
Abstract

What is journalism in the early 21st century? At a very basic level, one could argue that journalism today is the application of a set of skills that provides current information about the world—news—to the public at large. Certainly, journalism is as much about news as it is about its public. Yet such a simplistic definition of what journalism might be misses out so much of the significance and complexity that pertains to journalism in our society today and historically. Journalism has a history; indeed, it has histories; that is to say, there is no single account of journalism that provides us with a definitive understanding of how what we now recognize as journalism has come about.

Keywordsjournalism ; current information; society ; history ; development journalism; journalists
Year2009
Book title21st Century Communication: A Reference Handbook
PublisherSAGE Publishing
Place of publicationCalifornia
ISBN9781412950305
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4135/9781412964005.n64
Web address (URL)https://sk.sagepub.com/reference/communication
Output statusPublished
Publication dates03 Sep 2009
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Deposited08 Apr 2022
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