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Deliberation and journalism

Romano, Angela (2010) Deliberation and journalism. In Romano, Angela (Ed.) International Journalism and Democracy : Civic Engagement Models from Around the World. Routledge, New York and London, pp. 3-15.

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Abstract

The first chapter in 'International Journalism and Democracy' re-examines current ideas about the role of journalism in promoting democracy, introducing the concept of "deliberative journalism". 'Deliberation and Journalism' lists the ways in which journalists can assist deliberation and politics in communities around the world. The chapter defines deliberation as a specific form of conversation that precedes and promotes decision-making and action by members of a community. The author recognises the difficulty of engaging in deliberation in communities that are divided by different interests, identities, backgrounds, resources and needs. She provides examples of strategies that journalists can use to encourage inclusive and productive deliberation in the face of community diversity.

The chapter introduces examples of types of deliberative journalism that have emerged around the globe. These include strategies that have been sometimes been labeled as public journalism, civic journalism, peace journalism, development journalism, citizen journalism, the street press, community journalism, environmental journalism, and social entrepreneurism. The chapter also includes models of journalism that have not yet been given any particular name. Although the book identifies problems surrounding the theory and practice of these forms of journalism, the author notes that this is to be expected. Most models of deliberative journalism are relatively new, with none being more than a few decades old. The author concludes that resolution of these problems will only occur incrementally.

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ID Code: 38937
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: journalism and politics, democracy, deliberation, public journalism, civic journalism, citizen journalism, community media, peace journalism, street press, social entrepreneurism, environmental journalism, social diversity, Mahatma Gandhi, Paulo Freire
ISBN: 9780415961103 (hbk) and 9780203852040 (ebk)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Political Theory and Political Philosophy (160609)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Please consult the author.
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2011 11:47
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2011 13:51

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