OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

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288 Pages
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Paperback
Size
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Feb 2020
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How do journalists know what they know? Who gets to decide what good journalism is and when it's done right? What sort of expertise do journalists have, and what role should and do they play in society? Until a couple of decades ago, journalists rarely asked these questions, largely because the answers were generally undisputed. Now, the stakes are rising for journalists as they face real-time critique and audience pushback for their ethics, news reporting, and relevance. Yet the crises facing journalism have been narrowly defined as the result of disruption by new technologies and economic decline. This book argues that the concerns are in fact much more profound.

Drawing on their five years of research with journalists in the U.S. and Canada, in a variety of news organizations from startups and freelancers to mainstream media, the authors find a digital reckoning taking place regarding journalism's founding ideals and methods. The book explores journalism's long-standing representational harms, arguing that despite thoughtful explorations of the role of publics in journalism, the profession hasn't adequately addressed matters of gender, race, intersectionality, and settler colonialism. In doing so, the authors rethink the basis for what journalism says it could and should do, suggesting that a turn to strong objectivity and systems journalism provides a path forward. They offer insights from journalists' own experiences and efforts at repair, reform, and transformation to consider how journalism can address its limits and possibilities along with widening media publics.

Index: 

Introduction

Chapter 1: Reckoning with the View from Nowhere

Chapter 2: Battling for the Story

Chapter 3: Speculative Memoir Fragments and Existential Dilemmas

Chapter 4: Structure, Innovation, and Legacy Media

Chapter 5: Startup Life

Chapter 6: Indigenous Journalisms

Conclusion

Notes

References

Index

About the author: 

Candis Callison is an Associate Professor at the School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia. She is a citizen of the Tahltan Nation and a regular contributor to the podcast Media Indigena. She is also the author of How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellow. Callison worked as a journalist in television, radio, and the Internet in both Canada and the United States. Mary Lynn Young is an Associate Professor at the School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia. She is co-founder and board member of The Conversation Canada, a national not-for-profit journalism organization and affiliate of The Conversation global network. She is also co-author of Data Journalism and the Regeneration of News. Young worked as a business columnist and crime journalist at major daily newspapers in Canada and the United States.

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