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Oxford University Press, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 294 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. Hargreavesuses 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.

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The Paradox of Power
Born Free Press Freedom and Beyond
Big Brother Journalism and the State
StarStruck Journalism as Entertainment
Up to a Point Lord Coppers Who owns Journalists
Hacks v Flaks Journalism and Public Relations
Murder is my Meat The Ethics of Journalism
Marts Modem Tomorrows Journalism

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Ian Hargreaves is 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 andCurrent Affairs at the BBC, Deputy Editor of the Financial 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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