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Television Journalism

Television Journalism

November 2011 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Amidst the glut of studies on new media and the news, the enduring medium of television finally gets the attention it deserves. Cushion brings television news back into perfect focus in a book that offers historical depth, geographical breadth, empirical analysis and above all, political significance. Through an interrogation of the dynamics of and relations between regulation, ownership, the working practices of journalism and the news audience, Cushion makes a clear case for why and how television news should be firmly positioned in the public interest. It should be required reading for anyone concerned with news and journalism."
- Natalie Fenton, Goldsmiths, University of London

"An admirably ambitious synthesis of journalism scholarship and journalism practice, providing a comprehensive resource of historical analysis, contemporary trends and key data."
- Stewart Purvi
s, City University and former CEO of ITN

Despite the democratic promise of new media, television journalism remains the most viewed, valued and trusted source of information in many countries around the world.

Comparing patterns of ownership, policy and regulation, this book explores how different environments have historically shaped contemporary trends in television journalism internationally. Informed by original research, Television Journalism lays bare the implications of market forces, public service interventions and regulatory shifts in television journalism's changing production practices, news values and audience expectations.

Accessibly written and packed with topical references, this authoritative account offers fresh insights into the past, present and future of journalism, making it a necessary point of reference for upper-level undergraduates, researchers and academics in broadcasting, journalism, mass communication and media studies.
Introducing Television Journalism: Sustaining Its Influence into the Twenty-First Century

'Death of TV News… Much Exaggerated': A Story of Declining Television Audiences but Signs of a Revival?

The Scope of the Book

The Role of News in Television Culture: Current Debates and Practices in Contemporary Journalism
Television and the Public Sphere: Journalism in a Multi-Channel Environment

Scheduling Wars: Locating Television News in an Increasingly Entertainment-Based Medium

(Re)Shaping Television Journalism: Public and Commercial Models of Broadcasting

Changing Times, Changing Values: Television News's Shifting Values and Conventions

Towards a Post-Broadcasting Culture? Television News and Media Convergence

From Radio to Television: Making Sense of Broadcasting History
The Birth of Broadcasting: Creating National Broadcast Ecologies

Making Sense of Television: Reshaping News Journalism

Deregulating Broadcast Structures: Towards a Commercial News Environment

Redefining What's Newsworthy: Towards 24-Hour News Values and Conventions?
News values: what makes television journalism distinctive?

The Arrival and Impact of 24-Hour News Channels: Three Phases of Global Television Journalism

Live, Rolling News Drama: Empirical Endeavours into 24-Hour News Conventions

Interrupting the News for what Purpose? Exposing the Myth of Breaking News

The Systemic Impact of Rolling News Journalism: Towards 24-Hour News Values and Audience Expectations?

The Rise of Partisan News Consumption: Towards a Polarization of Television Journalism and Audiences?
Network News in Retreat: A New Era of Political Journalism?

News Audiences Go Political: Which Television Channels Are People Watching and Why?

Letting the Fox off the Leash: The Relaxation of the Fairness Doctrine and the 'Foxification' of Television News

Redefining Political News Journalism: Blurring the Lines between News and Comedy

Making Sense of Comedy News: Scholarly Readings into 'Popular' Political Programming

Keeping the Fox on a Leash: Towards the Polarisation of News Audiences beyond the US?

Reporting the Politics of Devolved Nations: Towards More Localized Television News?
Localised News, National Media: Sustaining Journalism Locally

Four Nations, One Union: Devolving Politics without Devolving National Media Ecologies

Reflecting the Four Nations? The King Report and Television Coverage of Devolved Politics

Market Deficit, Public Service Requirement: The BBC Trust and the Impact of Interventionist Regulation

Challenging 'Light-Touch' Orthodoxy: Towards more Evidence-Driven Interventionist Re-Regulation

Entering the Profession: Who Are Television Journalists?
Who Are Television Journalists: A Professional or Occupational Pursuit?

A Face for Television? Gender and Ethnic Minority Status amongst Journalists

Educating or Training? Towards an Increasingly Middle-Class Graduate-Led Occupation

Distinguishing between News Sources: Which Journalists and Journalism Do Audiences Trust?

Putting Television News Centre Stage: The Past, Present and Future Shape of Journalism Scholarship£
Introduction: Studying 'Journalism'

Television Journalism Scholarship: The Formative Years

(Re)prioritising 'Old' above 'New' Media: Why Online Journalism Is Punching above Its Democratic Weight

New Directions in Television News Studies: The Future of Journalism Studies


This excellent text draws upon a wide range of empirical research to provide a comprehensive exploration of the world of TV journalism.

Mr Matt Hook
Mass Communications , Queen Mary's College
December 17, 2012

This is a very useful textbook that has been adopted for my Level 2 and 3 undergraduate modules that deal with journalism and ethics. It also features a helpful chapter in which the journal based research of Lewis and Cushion from 2005-present is summarised - great news for the student who struggles with Athens account research. Library orders have already been placed and received.

Mr Robert Jewitt
Media, Sunderland University
April 4, 2012

For students interested in an up-to date insight into the making of the broadcast television journalism profession today. As the MA course I am teaching ("Journalistic Methods) is more broad, I recommend the book to those keen on TV journalism particularly.

Mrs Line Thomsen
Inst for Information & Media Studies, Aarhus University
February 9, 2012

An excellent and timely addition to an under-theorised field

Mr Chris Roberts
Media, Film and Cultural Studies, Roehampton University
December 21, 2011

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