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The Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered

Cambridge University Press

Following the experts meeting of the same name, this book considers the crisis faced by modern journalism, questioning whether 'crises' can't be reformulated as opportunities for change.

The Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered

Jeffrey C. Alexander, Elizabeth Butler Breese and María Luengo (eds.), The Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered: Democratic Culture, Professional Codes, Digital Future, Cambridge University Press, 2016, 328pp.

This collection of original essays brings a dramatically different perspective to bear on the contemporary 'crisis of journalism'. Rather than seeing technological and economic change as the primary causes of current anxieties, The Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered draws attention to the role played by the cultural commitments of journalism itself. Linking these professional ethics to the democratic aspirations of the broader societies in which journalists ply their craft, it examines how the new technologies are being shaped to sustain value commitments rather than undermining them. Recent technological change and the economic upheaval it has produced are coded by social meanings. It is this cultural framework that actually transforms these 'objective' changes into a crisis. The book argues that cultural codes not only trigger sharp anxiety about technological and economic changes, but provide pathways to control them, so that the democratic practices of independent journalism can be sustained in new forms.

This book addresses communication and social science scholars and students, media critics, and journalism practitioners. Bringing together original, high-quality investigations, it provides a bold new approach to the much debated crisis of contemporary journalism, demonstrating how, and why, journalism will survive. The authors presented and debated their work at STI's experts meeting "The Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered: Cultural Power" held in Barcelona (Spain) on May 1-3, 2014.

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