American democracy is built on its institutions. The Congress, the presidency, and the judiciary, in particular, undergird the rights and responsibilities of every citizen. The free press, for example, protected by the First Amendment, allows for the dissent so necessary in a democracy. How has this institution changed since the nation's founding? ...
American democracy is built on its institutions. The Congress, the presidency, and the judiciary, in particular, undergird the rights and responsibilities of every citizen. The free press, for example, protected by the First Amendment, allows for the dissent so necessary in a democracy. How has this institution changed since the nation's founding? And what can we, as leaders, policymakers, and citizens, do to keep it vital? The freedom of the press is an essential element of American democracy. With the guidance of editors Geneva Overholser and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, this volume examines the role of the press in a democracy, investigating alternative models used throughout world history to better understand how the American press has evolved into what it is today. The commission also examines ways to allow more voices to be heard and to improve the institution of the American free press. The Press, a collection of essays by the nation's leading journalism scholars and professionals will examine the history, identity, roles, and future of the American press, with an emphasis on topics of concern to both practitioners and consumers of American media.
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"The Press" is perhaps one of the most important catalogs of journalistic criticism to be printed in the post-September 11, 2001 world. In it, Geneva Overhlser and Kathleen Hall Jamieson have organized the collected critical essays of America's, if not the English speaking world's best journalistic minds on behalf of the Annenberg Foundation. This is a daunting book to read, not because the writing fails to flow, but because the writing provokes such deep reflection on journalism and society at large that reading it is terribly time consuming. I could scarcely finish a single page before distraction by some new thought or idea put forth by the book's many authors sent me into long bouts of tangent thought. I was especially inspired by John Keane's essay on journalism and democratic ideals in the international environment. Also I must mention Theodore Glasser and marc Gunther's analysis of American journalistic autonomy, and Carolyn Marvin and Philip Meyer's thoughts on what kind of journalism best serves the public. All the essays are phenomenal, in fact, I fear that in recognizing these few authors I have diminished the tireless works of so many others. Each essay could stand alone as a five star rating. This book should be read in perpetuity, not just by future journalists and media scholars, but continually referenced by current ones. This book rightfully brings tremendous shame on sensational reporters like Nancy Grace, Greta van Susteren, Geraldo Rivera and the like without shaking an elitist finger at them. REVIEW EVERY BOOK YOU READ, WRITERS WANT AND DESERVE YOUR HONEST OPINIONS.
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