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Not all journalisms are in crisis : unorthodox news forms and public knowledge

Harrington, Stephen (2009) Not all journalisms are in crisis : unorthodox news forms and public knowledge. In Conference of Journalism in Crisis, 19-20 May 2009, University of Westminster, London. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Traditional journalism is indeed in crisis. In the face of corporate conglomeration and economic rationalism, journalism has largely abandoned what McNair (2006: 64) has termed the “communicative arms race” between it and the three other ‘estates’ which it supervises, instead favouring to continually lower the costs of production with the intent of maximising (continually diminishing) profits. While residual forms have too often failed the public during, for example, what many have seen as (in the USA most acutely) a post-9/11 crisis of professional credibility (see Zelizer & Allan, 2002: 69-116; McChesney, 2003; Miller, 2007: 79-111), there are many other emergent forms of journalism that simultaneously succeeded during this period, and which continue to flourish. This paper therefore argues primarily that journalism should no longer be considered as a singular profession, but as a series of different, overlapping, sometimes antagonistic, journalisms. Drawing upon recently completed research into media audiences, this paper provides qualitative evidence that the many unorthodox approaches to news programs now available to media consumers are valuable contributions to public knowledge. This shift from homogeneity to heterogeneity in the news media also presents a significant challenge to those who wish to retain control over what the public sees and understands about the political world, and, as such, journalism as a true, broadly-defined ‘whole’ should not – or at least not yet – be considered as in ‘crisis’.

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ID Code: 21080
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Journalism, The Chaser
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 11 Jun 2009 07:50
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:43

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