Journalism: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Sep 15, 2005 - History - 160 pages
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Almost everyone reads the newspaper, browses the Internet, listens to the radio or watches TV. Journalism has an indelible effect on our worldview—from the fight against global terrorism to the American presidential elections, celebrity scandal to the latest environmental coups. Hargreaves uses his unique position within the media to examine how we get this information and the many practical, political and professional decisions that the journalist has to make, as part of the process of delivering that information to us. Is journalism the 'first draft of history' or a dumbing-down of our culture and a glorification of the trivial and intrusive? In this intriguing book Ian Hargreaves argues that the core principles of 'freedom of the press' and the necessity of exposing the truth are as vital today as they ever were. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Media studies isn't my area, so I'm not really qualified to judge this book. That said, I did find it clear and engaging, and am confident I could use it as a starting place for more in-depth reading. Read full review

About the author (2005)


Ian Hargreaves is a Professor of Journalism at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. He is one of Britain's leading journalists and one of the very few to have held senior positions in newspapers, magazines, television and radio. He was Director of News and Current Affairs at the BBC, Deputy Editor of the Finanical Times, Editor of the Independent and Editor of the New Statesman.

Although a life-long journalist, Hargreaves has also been a prominent figure in political and policy debates, which ground his arguments about journalism in a social and economic context.

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