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If it’s sick, how can we well? : Four criteria for evaluating the health of journalism

Harrington, Stephen (2011) If it’s sick, how can we well? : Four criteria for evaluating the health of journalism. In Proceedings of the 3rd Future of Journalism Conference 2011, Cardif School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff, pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

This paper seeks to address the highly pervasive discourse that journalism is ‘in crisis’ by outlining four criteria by which we might evaluate the ‘health’ of the practice (measures of both quantity and quality of output). It offers an extremely brief meta-level analysis of existing research, and posits that when judged according to these four criteria, journalism might actually in reasonable health,and that we ought to be far more optimistic about its future. This assessment therefore challenges the ‘business-centric’ evaluation which often dominates discussions (in the media as well as academia) about the profession’s supposedly dire future.

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ID Code: 50379
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Journalism, Crisis, Business
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Stephen Harrington
Deposited On: 16 May 2012 12:51
Last Modified: 25 May 2013 11:27

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