Popular news in the twenty-first century : time for a new critical approach?

Harrington, Stephen (2008) Popular news in the twenty-first century : time for a new critical approach? Journalism, 9(3), pp. 266-284.

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This paper is a brief review and critique of the main scholarly approaches to thinking about popular forms of news in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, particularly in regards to broadcast television. Rather than advocating the merits of either popular or ‘hard’ news, it will discuss the possibility of finding (or revisiting) a critical approach to popular news and current affairs journalism that charts a suitable middle-ground: one that can accommodate the emergence of popular informational programs (e.g. The Awful Truth, The Daily Show) and one that moves away from the sometimes too simplistic binary discourses that have tended to become characteristic of recent debates over ‘tabloidisation’.

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ID Code: 18221
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Infotainment, Popular Journalism, Tabloidization, Television News
DOI: 10.1177/1464884907089008
ISSN: 1464-8849
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Sage
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 24 Feb 2009 05:19
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:50

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