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ERIC Number: ED165159
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 18
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New Directions for Journalism Historiography.
Atwood, Roy
The failure of journalism historians to address important philosophical and methodological issues has led to a loss of vitality in historical research and teaching. As far back as the early 1950s, this situation attracted considerable concern, but it was not until the late 1960s that complaints were transformed into critical historiographical reflection. A review of articles that have offered critical reflections on journalism historiography indicates that only a handful of journalism historians have given serious consideration to the origins of the problems in their field; that, of those, most have failed to penetrate to the heart of the philosophical and methodological assumptions from which the difficulties have spread; and that, with only a few exceptions, journalism historians have not utilized or developed viable alternative perspectives. To ensure the survival and growth of the field of journalism historiography, serious ongoing reflection should be given to three main problem areas: the journalism historian's field of investigation, the making of historical judgments, and the task of historical revision. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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