Emerging Issues in Contemporary Journalism

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Significant changes in information technology, media ownership and management structure, journalistic culture, and communication policy are rapidly reshaping the media landscape. Media proliferation has multiplied the sources and volume of news, entertainment, and advertising available to society. This book provides an in-depth analysis of the factors driving the new trends in 21st-century journalism and mass communication. It gives a vital roadmap for understanding the new media environment and its implications for the communication industry and audience alike.


“For those of us interested in journalism ethics, this is a welcome book. It speaks to professionals, to academics, and to the public; and people in each group are deeply concerned about media ethics these days. Ethical issues are boiling in our mind and spirit, and this book addresses them with candor and refreshing clarity. Strategic books are as rare as pure gold, but this one meets the standard ...” – (from the Foreword) Professor Clifford G. Christians, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“The editors have compiled a stimulating and perceptive 21st century analysis of the trends that are making a difference in the field – both positively and negatively. Whether it is the influence of mega-corporate media, the bloggers, PR machines, self-censorship, partisan journalism, infotainment, pandering, lack of media literacy, or threats to objectivity, the contributors have provided valuable, comprehensive insight into how to navigate the challenges at hand. Any student who cares about the future of journalism should take note of this volume.” – Professor Joe Foote, The University of Oklahoma

“In a time of accelerated change, one can hardly begin to assess the potential impact by one new medium before another is launched that takes us in an entirely new direction. I congratulate the editors for creating such a comprehensive collection that helps us deal with that change by capturing the state of the enterprise at this crucial moment, providing a new context for continuing issues and making us aware of the implications of changes just beginning to be understood.” – Professor J. Wesley Baker, Cedarville University, Ohio

“The editors have provided a collection of essays that offer sound analysis of media in the 21st century. This book focuses carefully on ethical issues of concern to both media professionals and their audiences. The editors are to be commended for their forthright analysis of complicated issues in mass communications.” – Professor Will Norton, Jr., University of Nebraska at Lincoln

“This roadmap could help journalists find new ways to cover the dramatic transformation of modern communications.” – Elliott Blair Smith, USA TODAY

Table of Contents

1. Mass Media Education and Professional Organizations – Jamie M. Byrne
2. Media Conglomerates: Then and Now – Gracie Lawson-Borders
3. Lay and Expert in Public Journalism: Lessons from the Consensus Conference Model – Tanni Haas
4. The Internet of Convergence: Possibilities and Problems – Jeff Rowe
5. New Media Technologies: Interdependency – Joe Marren
6. News as Infotainment: Industry and Audience Trends – Bala A. Musa
7. The Role of Advertising and Public Relations in American Journalism: Blessing or Curse? – Julie K. Henderson
8. Career Satisfaction Among Media Professionals – Douglas J. Swanson
9. Self-Censorship: An Examination of Network Television News and Newsmagazine Correspondents – Cindy J. Price
10. Gatekeepers: Their Choices – Patrick Lee Plaisance
11. Through Whose Lens? (Re)framing the Race and Gender Divide in Journalism – Tracey Owens Patton
12. Courage or Fear: National Interest and International News – Jiafei Yin
13. Journalism Behavior and the Law of Libel: Legal and Ethical Controls – Thomas A. Schwartz and Tracie Mauriello

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