The Press

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Geneva Overholser, Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Oxford University Press, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 473 pages
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American democracy is built on its institutions. The Congress, the presidency, and the judiciary, in particular, undergird the rights and responsibilities of every citizen. The free press, for example, protected by the First Amendment, allows for the dissent so necessary in a democracy. How has this institution changed since the nation's founding? And what can we, as leaders, policymakers, and citizens, do to keep it vital?

The freedom of the press is an essential element of American democracy. With the guidance of editors Geneva Overholser and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, this volume examines the role of the press in a democracy, investigating alternative models used throughout world history to better understand how the American press has evolved into what it is today. The commission also examines ways to allow more voices to be heard and to improve the institution of the American free press.

The Press, a collection of essays by the nation's leading journalism scholars and professionals will examine the history, identity, roles, and future of the American press, with an emphasis on topics of concern to both practitioners and consumers of American media.
 

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Contents

Presses and Democracies Daniel C Hallin and Robert Giles
4
American Journalism in Historical Perspective Michael Schudson
17
The Nature and Sources of News Robert M Entman
48
Definitions of Journalism Barbie Zelizer
66
Pleading Our Own Cause Pamela Newkirk
92
SECTION
115
The Marketplace of Ideas Robert Schmuhl and Robert G Picard
141
The AgendaSetting Function of the Press Maxwell McCombs
156
Legal Evolution of the GovernmentNews Media Relationship
277
Communications Regulation in Protecting the Public Interest
284
Journalism and the Public Interest Daniel Schorr
303
The Military and the Media William Prochnau
310
SECTION
333
The Market and the Media James T Hamilton
351
The Press and the Politics of Representation Mitchell Stephens
372
The Legacy of Autonomy in American Journalism Theodore L Glasser
384

Informing the Public Thomas Patterson and Philip Seib
189
Mobilizing Citizen Participation Esther Tlwrson
203
What Government Does For
248
The First Amendment Tradition and Its Critics Bruce W Sanford
263
What Kind of Journalism Does the Public Need? Carolyn Marvin
400
SECTION V
413
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Geneva Overholser is the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting, Missouri School of Journalism Washington Bureau. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Ph.D., is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania; Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center. Series edited by Jaroslav Pelikan, Yale University and University of Pennsylvania.