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The Sociology of News

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Michael Schudson treats soberly and skeptically a great deal of what passes for wisdom about the press in popular opinion, academic research, and journalists own self-understanding. The book s ultimate objective is not to settle controversies involving the press, but to define them and to characterize the role that news institutions play in the formation of modern public c ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 7th 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2002)
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This book defines journalism from both a communication theoretical and sociological perspective, giving its readers thorough comprehension of the interplay between those overlapping fields. Michael Schudson offers a clarifying account of the news industry and its contemporary controversies. The focus is mainly on the US news industry but sheds light on global conditions as well when relevant for the sociological understanding of the role that news organizations play in the formation of public co ...more
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Excellent update of the works of Tunstall (1972) and Tuchman (1978).
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Michael Schudson grew up in Milwaukee, Wisc. He received a B.A. from Swarthmore College and M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard. He taught at the University of Chicago from 1976 to 1980 and at the University of California, San Diego from 1980 to 2009. From 2005 on, he split his teaching between UCSD and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, becoming a full-time member of the ...more
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