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Journalism and Emotion
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Journalism and Emotion



July 2020 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Indispensable.... for anyone who cares about journalism." - Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

How can we understand the complex relationship between journalism and emotion? In a world of live-streamed terror, polarised political debates and fake news, emotion has become central to our understanding of contemporary journalism. 

Including interviews with leading journalists throughout, Journalism and Emotion critically explores the impact of this new affective media environment, not just on the practice of journalism, but also the lived experience of journalists themselves. 

Bringing together theory and practice, Stephen Jukes explores:

  • The history of objectivity and emotion in journalism, from pre-internet to digital.
  • The ‘emotionalisation’ of culture in today’s populist media landscape.
  • The blurring of boundaries between journalism and social media content.
  • The professional practices of journalists working with emotive material.
  • The mental health risks to journalists covering traumatic stories.
  • The impact on journalists handling graphic user-generated content.

In today’s interactive, interconnected and participatory media environment, there is more emotive content being produced and shared than ever before. Journalism and Emotion helps you make sense of this, explaining how emotion is mobilised to influence public opinion, and how journalists themselves work with and through emotional material. 

 
 
Introduction: How Emotion Lies at the Heart of Today's New and Journalism Practice
 
Chapter 1: Objectivity and Emotion
 
Chapter 2: Journalism and the Rise of Emotion in a Post-truth Society
 
Chapter 3: Journalism Practice and Affect
 
Chapter 4: Interviewing and Emotion
 
Chapter 5: The Herd Instinct
 
Chapter 6: Journalism and Trauma
 
Chapter 7: Journalists and User-generated Content
 
Conclusion: The Taboo has been Broken, What Next?

Challenging journalism’s long-standing commitment to objectivity, this book breaks new ground in developing the idea of journalism as a community of affective practice. Drawing on a series of empirical case studies, the book looks behind the scenes of journalistic work to uncover the emotional labour carried out by journalists, often at great personal cost, across contexts ranging from user-generated content to terrorist attacks, conflicts and crises and the “post-truth society.” In doing so, it offers indispensable insights for anyone who cares about journalism.

Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen
Cardiff University

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