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Taking Journalism Seriously
News and the Academy



April 2004 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"Barbie Zelizer provides enormous service to students and scholars with this comprehensive and highly persuasive critique of the literature in and about journalism as both process and practice, as a profession and an industry. Zelizer takes a step back to look at what we know about news, and she does not pull her punches in pointing out what we do not know."

-Linda Steiner, Rutgers University

"Zelizer's encyclopedic review of scholarly studies of journalism fills an important need for researchers, and comparing that scholarship across disciplines, generations and countries makes it even more valuable. . . Her analyses will be invaluable for media research and should also spur interest in journalism among the social science and other disciplines she studied. . .The book is an impressive achievement."

-Herbert J. Gans, Columbia University and author of Democracy and the News

"Taking Journalism Seriously is a refulgent analysis of the condition of journalism studies. Zelizer has produced a critical and lasting contribution to our understanding of the position of news, journalism and journalism practice within the disciplines of political science, sociology, psychology, philosophy, language and cultural studies. This excellent book is an engaging and sophisticated treatise on both the historical and contemporary theoretical perspectives of journalism scholarship."

-Howard Tumber, City University, London



How have scholars tended to conceptualize news, newsmaking, journalism, journalists, and the news media? Which explanatory frames have they used to explore journalistic practice? From which fields of inquiry have they borrowed in shaping their assumptions about how journalism works? In Taking Journalism Seriously: News and the Academy, author Barbie Zelizer discusses questions about the viability of the field of journalism scholarship and examines journalism as a discipline, a profession, a practice, and a cultural phenomenon.

Taking Journalism Seriously argues that scholars have remained too entrenched within their own disciplinary areas resulting in isolated bodies of scholarship. This is the first book to critically survey journalism scholarship in one volume and organize it by disparate fields. The book reviews existing journalism research in such diverse fields as sociology, history, language studies, political science, and cultural analysis and dissects the most prevalent and understated research in each discipline.

The author provides a critical mapping of the field of journalism studies and encourages academics to look at journalism from various disciplinary perspectives. Taking Journalism Seriously advocates a realignment of the ways in which journalism has traditionally been conceptualized and urges scholars to think anew about what journalism is as well as reflect on why they see it as they do.

Taking Journalism Seriously is designed for undergraduate and graduate students in advanced courses on Journalism and Journalism Studies. It will also be of interest to scholars, academics, and researchers in the fields of Journalism, Communication, Media Studies, Sociology, and Cultural Studies.

 
Chapter One: Regarding Journalism: Inquiry and the Academy
 
Chapter Two: Defining Journalism
 
Chapter Three: Sociology and Journalism
 
Chapter Four: History and Journalism
 
Chapter Five: Language Studies and Journalism
 
Chapter Six: Political Science and Journalism
 
Chapter Seven: Cultural Analysis and Journalism
 
Chapter Eight: Taking Journalism Seriously
 
Annotated Bibliography


"Barbie Zelizer provides enormous service to students and scholars with this comprehensive and highly persuasive critique of the literature in and about journalism as both process and practice, as a profession and an industry. Zelizer takes a step back to look at what we know about news, and she does not pull her punches in pointing out what we do not know."

Linda Steiner
Rutgers University


"Zelizer's encyclopedic review of scholarly studies of journalism fills an important need for researchers, and comparing that scholarship across disciplines, generations and countries makes it even more valuable. . . Her analyses will be invaluable for media research and should also spur interest in journalism among the social science and other disciplines she studied. . .The book is an impressive achievement."

Herbert J. Gans
Columbia University and author of Democracy and the News


"Taking Journalism Seriously is a refulgent analysis of the condition of journalism studies. Zelizer has produced a critical and lasting contribution to our understanding of the position of news, journalism and journalism practice within the disciplines of political science, sociology, psychology, philosophy, language and cultural studies. This excellent book is an engaging and sophisticated treatise on both the historical and contemporary theoretical perspectives of journalism scholarship."

Howard Tumber
City University, London


"This is the one-stop book for getting to grips with journalism. I can't imagine anyone seriously interested in journalism not reading this superb critical summary."

Michael S. Bromley
Queensland University of Technology
Michael S. Bromley, Queensland University of Technology


"This is an exciting book. Barbie Zelizer brings a multifaceted perspective to bear on journalism, illuminating its contours from a number of disciplinary vantage points. It is essential reading for everyone concerned with journalism studies today."

Stuart Allan
University of the West of England

"This is indeed an encyclopedic overview of just about every important English-language academic inquiry into how and why journalism matters. The book will be indispensable without a doubt."

Margaret Scammell
London School of Economics

This book will be extremely useful in helping us to provide a bridge between the vocational and critical elements of our course. This is an accessible work which will help our students to frame journalism more academically.

Mr Simon McEnnis
Sport and Leisure Cultures, Brighton University
January 18, 2011

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