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Journalism and Popular Culture

by Dahlgren P and Sparks C SAGE Publications Ltd
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Pbk 224 pages
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Images of journalism usually reflect its informational role in the political process: the provision of news, the investigative reporter, the fourth estate. In counterpoint to these conventional images this book provides a lively analysis of journalism in its other guise - as entertainment.Viewing journalism in the context of popular culture raises a distinctive set of issues about the nature of the media in contemporary societies. A central question lies around the idea of `the popular' in relation to journalism. What is the relation between the messages conveyed by journalists and the popular culture on which they draw and to which they aim to appeal? How are tabloid newspapers and popular television read or consumed, and what influence do they exert?In a series of interrelated studies of newspapers and television, the authors of this book both examine the theoretical problems in assessing popular journalism, and consider common examples of its manifestations - its relationship to media stars, the coverage of sport, and the presentation of news in a `popular' form.This groundbreaking book will be of interest to lecturers and students of journalism, cultural studies, popular culture, and media and communication studies.

PART ONE: JOURNALISM AS POPULAR CULTURE Introduction - Peter Dahlgren Popular Journalism - Colin Sparks Theories and Practice Popularity and the Politics of Information - John Fiske PART TWO: ASPECTS OF THE POPULAR MEDIA Personalities in the Popular Media - Ian Connell The Aesthetics and Politics of Melodrama - Jostein Gripsrud Modes of Sports Writing - David Rowe Truly Awful News on Television - John Langer Photojournalism and the Tabloid Press - Karin E Becker PART THREE: POPULAR JOURNALISM IN PRACTICE How US News Media Represent Sexual Minorities - Marguerite J Moritz Oliver North and the News - Robin Andersen The San Francisco Earthquake and the 1989 World Series - Roberta E Pearson

`Fine collection' - Choice

`In the staid world of journalism research, it is a delight to see an attempt to open that focus of inquiry to new interpretive frames. Such is the case with Journalism and Popular Culture , which spends a good portion of its 214 pages debunking existing frames for considering journalism and suggesting alternative ways of thinking about what we commonly call news. From sports television to practices of photographic documentary, this collection provides an impressive range of relevant research. In doing so, it underscores the rigidity of existing categories with which we have come to think about news and points to the need for rethinking them.... Particularly valuable is the introduction by Peter Dahlgren.... Most of these papers were originally given at a 1990 cultural studies colloquium. In the vein of that symposium, the collection's authors argue that we need to allow a variety of people - and not only journalists - their say in determining what journalism is and could be. Through its analyses of topics as wide-ranging as celebrity coverage, tabloid practices, and coverage of marginalized groups, this volume takes definitive steps toward achieving that aim' - Popular Communication

`The authors concentrate on non-fictional journalism in popular culture, to remedy a previous bias in popular culture studies which have emphasized fiction.... Several of the writers develop serious theoretical approaches which go beyond the mere description of examples from popular journalism' - Communication Research Trends

In the course of my research, I have worked with and advised the European Union, Unesco, the Open Society Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the British Council, Universities in the US, Europe and East Asia, and many other organisations, academic, official, and non-governmental. I have participated actively in the professional associations of the field, both nationally and internationally.I was one of the founders of Media, Culture and Society, and I continue to play an active role as managing editor, as well as editing issues on a regular basis. I was a founder of the European Institute for Communication and Culture. I have organised several of its colloquia, and edited themed issues of its journal Javnost/The Public.In 2004, I took the initiative to launch an open access journal Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, on whose editorial board I serve.My current research interests include the comparative study of media systems undergoing rapid change. I am particularly interested in comparing the media systems of post-communist countries with those of other societies that have moved away from different forms of dictatorship towards more democratic forms of political rule. My other major current interest is in theories of media and communication.