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Journalists and the public: newsroom culture, letters to the editor and democracy

Wahl-Jorgensen, Karin ORCID: 2007. Journalists and the public: newsroom culture, letters to the editor and democracy. Hampton Press.

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Citizen participation in politics is central to successful democracies. Yet there is increasing concern about the lack of opportunities for and interest in political participation. This book raises questions about the relationship between citizenship, journalism, and democracy by looking at how journalists deal with letters to the editor--an enduring forum for public debate. Based on ethnographic research and in-depth interviews with journalists who work with letters, the book examines how these journalists understand the public, and how they view of newspaper's role in democracy. It looks at how these "gatekeepers" select letters, privileging some voices while silencing others. Journalists want to serve the public and facilitate debate. However, while they love the idea of the public, the constraints and time pressures that shape their work conspire to create a culture that has little time for those members of the public who actually bother to participate.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Publisher: Hampton Press
ISBN: 1572737360
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Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:38

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