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Can Journalism Survive?. An Inside Look at American Newsrooms. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2246609
  • Book
  • August 2012
  • Region: United States
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Journalists have failed to respond adequately to the challenge of the Internet, with far-reaching consequences for the future of journalism and democracy. This is the compelling argument set forth in this timely new text, drawing on the most extensive ethnographic fieldwork in American newsrooms since the 1970s.

David Ryfe argues that journalists are unable or unwilling to innovate for a variety of reasons: in part because habits are sticky and difficult to dislodge; in part because of their strategic calculation that the cost of change far exceeds its benefit; and in part because basic definitions of what journalism is, and what it is for, anchor journalism to tradition even when journalists prefer to change. The result is that journalism is unraveling as an integrated social field; it may never again be a separate and separable activity from the broader practice of producing news. One thing is certain: whatever happens next, it will have dramatic consequences for the role journalism plays in democratic society and perhaps will transform its basic meaning and purpose.

Can Journalism Survive? is essential and provocative reading for all concerned with the future of journalism and society.

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Detailed Contents vi

List of Figures viii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

1 Backstory 29

2 Habits 56

3 Investments 84

4 Defi nitions 114

5 The Future 138

6 Worries 167

Conclusion 195

Notes 199

References 202

Index 217

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David M. Ryfe University of Nevada, Reno.
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