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Taking Journalism Seriously
News and the Academy


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Journalism | Written Communication

June 2004 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Taking Journalism Seriously offers a fresh and important look at how scolars in different disciplines have approached the world of journalism and journalistic practice. Reviewing existing scholarship by disciplinary perspective - including sociology, history, language studies, political science, and cultural analysis - the book dissects what has been most prevelant and understated in each view. It argues that scholars around the world have remained too firmly entrenched within their own disciplinary pockets, producing isolated bodies of scolarship that share too little of conversational platform about their common area of interest, journalism.

Taking Journalism Seriously provides a critical mapping of the field of journalism studies among academics across the different fields that have come to look at journalism. The book calls for a realignment of the goalposts through which journalism has traditionally been conceptualised, inviting others to continue thinking anew about what journalism is, which tools are used in its evaluation, and why scholars see it as they do.

 
Chapter One: Regarding Journalism: Inquiry and the Academy
 
Chapter Two: Defining Journalism
 
Chapter Three: Sociology and Journalism
 
Chapter Four: History and Journalism
 
Chapter Five: Language Studies and Journalism
 
Chapter Six: Political Science and Journalism
 
Chapter Seven: Cultural Analysis and Journalism
 
Chapter Eight: Taking Journalism Seriously
 
Annotated Bibliography


"Barbie Zelizer provides enormous service to students and scholars with this comprehensive and highly persuasive critique of the literature in and about journalism as both process and practice, as a profession and an industry. Zelizer takes a step back to look at what we know about news, and she does not pull her punches in pointing out what we do not know."

Linda Steiner
Rutgers University


"Zelizer's encyclopedic review of scholarly studies of journalism fills an important need for researchers, and comparing that scholarship across disciplines, generations and countries makes it even more valuable. . . Her analyses will be invaluable for media research and should also spur interest in journalism among the social science and other disciplines she studied. . .The book is an impressive achievement."

Herbert J. Gans
Columbia University and author of Democracy and the News


"Taking Journalism Seriously is a refulgent analysis of the condition of journalism studies. Zelizer has produced a critical and lasting contribution to our understanding of the position of news, journalism and journalism practice within the disciplines of political science, sociology, psychology, philosophy, language and cultural studies. This excellent book is an engaging and sophisticated treatise on both the historical and contemporary theoretical perspectives of journalism scholarship."

Howard Tumber
City University, London


"This is the one-stop book for getting to grips with journalism. I can't imagine anyone seriously interested in journalism not reading this superb critical summary."

Michael S. Bromley
Queensland University of Technology
Michael S. Bromley, Queensland University of Technology


"This is an exciting book. Barbie Zelizer brings a multifaceted perspective to bear on journalism, illuminating its contours from a number of disciplinary vantage points. It is essential reading for everyone concerned with journalism studies today."

Stuart Allan
University of the West of England

"This is indeed an encyclopedic overview of just about every important English-language academic inquiry into how and why journalism matters. The book will be indispensable without a doubt."

Margaret Scammell
London School of Economics

This book will be extremely useful in helping us to provide a bridge between the vocational and critical elements of our course. This is an accessible work which will help our students to frame journalism more academically.

Mr Simon McEnnis
Sport and Leisure Cultures, Brighton University
January 18, 2011

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