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Description - Public Journalism and Public Life by Davis Merritt

The original edition of "Public Journalism and Public Life", published in 1995, provided a comprehensive argument in favour of public journalism. In the ensuing years, the debate has continued; dozens of newspapers and many journalists have been experimenting with the philosophy, while others still dispute its legitimacy. This expanded second edition further develops the philosophy, responds to the arguments against it, outlines how specific principles can be applied, and explains the importance of public deliberation and the role of values in public journalism. Divided into three sections, it can be used as a supplement to the first edition or as a starting point for those being newly introduced to the ideas that have been the subject of debate within the profession and among those interested and involved in civic life at all levels. Part 1 summarizes two major arguments - why journalism and public life are inseparably bound in success or failure and why the way journalism operates in the current environment fosters failure more often than success. Part 2 looks at the evolution of the profession's culture, its impact on the author's extensive career, and how he grew to believe that substantive change is needed in journalism. Part 3 deals with the implications of public journalism philosophy - how it requires the application of additional values to daily work, its evolution in the early years and where its current focus should be, plus various questions about the future of cyberspace.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780805827071
ISBN-10: 0805827072
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Pages: 168
Imprint: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 13-Oct-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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