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ISBN: 9780195509977

Published: 15 Feb 01

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Theory in Practice

Suellen Tapsall, Carolyn Varley

Journalism in Australia is struggling with a crisis of identity, image and function. What is a journalist? And does journalism make a difference? Can it reclaim public confidence and restore the shine to its tarnished image? Do the news media matter any more? Is there such a thing as a public service role or function for journalism?
Journalism: Theory in Practice examines journalism purposes, practices and processes. It presents a theoretical and philosophical exposition of journalism. Taking a holistic approach to the reporting process, it is informed by those who have worked in the industry; it is written from the perspective of news practitioners. It is not simply an account of the daily practice of journalism, but focuses on the functions of journalists and journalism. Written in clear language it draws on 'real-world' examples of daily news practice to illustrate theoretical concepts.
It goes beyond routine news gathering and writing processes to acknowledge the fundamental inter-dependence of theory and practice, recognising both as essential threads in the fabric of journalism.


I. Definition—Journalist
What is a journalist?—Suellen Tapsall & Carolyn Varley

II. Making journalism work
Comfort or Curse?—Lynette Sheridan Burns
A return to practice: reclaiming journalism as public conversation—Michael Meadows
Journalism in Australia: hard yakka?—Martin Hirst
Journalism: beyond the business—Katrina Mandy Oakham

III. Truth or dare
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but…—Sharon Tickle
The importance of inquiry—Leo Bowman & Steve McIlwaine

IV. In the eye of the beholder
More than skin-deep: Australia’s Indigenous heritage—Michael Meadows & Jacqui Ewart
On the Fringe: Journalism, representation and cultural competence—Paul Scott

V. Upsetting the inverted pyramid
True stories: the power and pitfalls of literary journalism—Matthew Ricketson
Putting the public back into journalism—Angela Romano & Cratis Hippocrates

VI. Moral minefields, legal landmarks
Public interest, private lives—Ian Richards
A question of legality—Mark Pearson
Journalism in the global village—Rhonda Breit

VII. Technological talespinning
The media is the message—Suellen Tapsall


Suellen Tapsall — Department of Journalism, Murdoch University
Carolyn Varley — Freelance Journalist and Researcher in Journalism Ethics