ERIC Number: ED173842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Toward an Autonomy of Ideas in Journalism.
Heuterman, Thomas H.
The study of the history of ideas in newspapers has not been separated from traditional journalism history nor from the broad cultural studies of the mass media, and may also differ from the behavioral or statistical study of the effects of the mass media. Because the levels of high culture and popular culture are seen as separate and distinct, the role of the press as conduit between the two has largely been ignored. However, newspapers may be studied to determine whether ideas are defined, transmitted to the popular level, and possibly altered in the transmission process. An awareness of the role of the press in covering ideas in the past prompts consideration of the degree to which the press today transmits ideas to society. The experience of the press in the United States points to its continued role in interpreting those idea-complexes for the public which motivate large segments of society. In both the methodologies of history and of current news gathering, the autonomy of ideas in journalism calls for recognition of a rather well-defined body of material previously neglected, rather than for another system or model. (Author/DF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (62nd, Houston, Texas, August 5-8, 1979); Best copy available