ERIC Number: ED117703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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Television and the News: A Critical Appraisal.
Skornia, Harry J.
This book contains a documented critical analysis of the state of broadcast journalism in the United States. It also examines the conditions that prevent news broadcasting as a practice from being a profession, and suggests steps needed to achieve professionalism in providing the kind of news service the nation needs but is not getting. Some of the journalistic practices which are viewed critically include news reporting from the teletype, plagiarism from other media, selection of the visual over the significant, overemphasis on firstness and fastness, preference for the obvious, conflict or violence, and sponsor and industry censorship or taboos. The book suggests that there is considerable evidence--much of it emanating from within the industry itself--that news broadcasting is neither adequate to national needs, nor free from various pressures--governmental, sponsor, management, sales--that seriously restrict the flow of information. Suggestions for improving broadcast journalism are included. (RB)
Descriptors: Analytical Criticism, Censorship, Freedom of Speech, Higher Education, Journalism, Mass Media, News Media, News Reporting, Radio, Television
Pacific Books, Publishers, P.O. Box 558, Palo Alto, California 94302 ($3.95 paper)
Publication Type: Books
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