Print and Broadcast Journalism: A Critical Examination

Print and Broadcast Journalism: A Critical Examination

Print and Broadcast Journalism: A Critical Examination

Print and Broadcast Journalism: A Critical Examination

Synopsis

Beginning with an exposition of the four most widely argued theories of the press, this book goes on to explore several critical perspectives on the tasks and roles of print and broadcast news media in the United States. The author sets out critical analyses of several hotly debated issues, including news balance and objectivity, freedom of the press, and news coverage of minorities. After an appraisal of the present condition of journalism education in the United States, the author provides both complete and annotated professional guidelines and mission statements from key advertising, broadcasting, and print media organizations.

Excerpt

The purposes of this chapter are: (1) to discuss through the application of the charges and recommendations of the Commission on Freedom of the Press the degree to which the press is or is not fulfilling the goals set forth in the Canons of Journalism written in 1975 by the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE), and (2) to discuss the changes between the original and revised canons.

THE CANONS (1975)

In response to the Commission on Freedom of the Press and its concerns about the press and whether the press is fulfilling the goals as set forth in the Canons of Journalism, the American Society of Newspaper Editors' Canons of Journalism are first presented.

PREAMBLE

The First Amendment, protecting freedom of expression from abridgment by any law, guarantees to the people through their press a constitutional right, and thereby places on newspaper people a particular responsibility.

Thus Journalism demands of its practitioners not only industry and knowledge but also the pursuit of a standard of integrity proportionate to the ournalist's singular obligation.

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