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ERIC Number: ED207053
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Urbanization as a Context for a System of Functional News Beats.
Burd, Gene
Noting that urbanization is a useful context in which to study the communications system, this paper offers suggestions for newspapers to help them adapt the realities of the urban community in order to redefine news gathering procedures and reorganize newsrooms around the process of urbanization. The paper proposes six areas for both the study and the practice of urban journalism: (1) civic images, urban symbolism, and civic identity; (2) civic boosterism and urban journalism practice and policy; (3) decentralization and urban decline and the resulting dilemma for communications systems; (4) urban power, alienation, and decision making; (5) ecological pressures and the urban growth ethic in the media; and (6) the future of media in the metropolis. The paper concludes that if journalism education and practice are to relate more to the community they need to give more attention to the nature of the urban audience and its vision, values, changes, decisions, crises, and decline. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Media Role
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (64th, East Lansing, MI, August 8-11, 1981).