What is Journalism?

The Art and Politics of a Rupture

Authors: Nash, Chris

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  • Highly original in its aims and arguments - will deeply challenge the craft-based view of journalism that is widespread in the academy and profession 
  • Wide-ranging in its intellectual scope, so will appeal to scholars and students from a broad range of backgrounds and interests 
  • Radically opens up the field for research degree studies in journalism
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This book argues that journalism should treat itself as an academic discipline on a par with history, geography and sociology, and as an art form in its own right. Time, space, social relations and imagination are intrinsic to journalism. Chris Nash takes the major flaws attributed to journalism by its critics—a crude empiricism driven by an un-reflexive ‘news sense’; a narrow focus on a de-contextualised, transient present; and a too intimate familiarity with powerful sources—and treats them as methodological challenges. Drawing on the conceptual frameworks of Pierre Bourdieu, David Harvey, Henri Lefebvre, Michel-Rolph Trouillot and Gaye Tuchman, he explores the ways in which rigorous journalism practice can be theorised to meet these challenges.  
The argument proceeds through detailed case studies of work by two leading iconoclasts—the artist Hans Haacke and the 20th century journalist I.F. Stone. This deeply provocative and original study concludes that the academic understanding of journalism is fifty years behind its practice, and that it is long past time for scholars and practitioners to think about journalism as a disciplinary research practice.
Drawing on an award-winning professional career and over three decades teaching journalism practice and theory, Chris Nash makes these ideas accessible to a broad readership among scholars, graduate students and thoughtful journalists looking for ways to expand the intellectual range of their work.

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Chris Nash is the Founding Professor of Journalism at Monash University, Australia.  Before that, he was Director of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. He was a Walkley Award winning journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation working in radio and television, and directed the independent film documentary Philippines, my Philippines.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
What is Journalism?
Book Subtitle
The Art and Politics of a Rupture
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39934-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-39934-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39933-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 247
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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