The Journalism Manifesto
The Journalism Manifesto

Once feared and revered, journalism's centrality as an institution has come increasingly into question. Upheavals protesting the racialized, gendered and otherwise discriminatory practices that mark social life in the twenty-first century reflect how challenges to the institution have yet to be fully tackled. Newsrooms, too, have been challenged by the digital disruption and the circulation of news in other ways, as well as failing to come to terms with the shifts in power dynamics prompted by #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo.

Drawing on the expertise of three senior scholars, <i>The Journalism Manifesto</i> makes a powerful case that journalism as currently practiced has become outdated and needs to be transformed. Focusing on the problematic relevance of elites, norms and audiences, Zelizer, Boczkowski and Anderson reveal how journalism has become disconnected from the everyday realities of everyone who matters -- those who practice the craft, the subjects of their stories and the audiences of their reports.

Outlining a bold and radical roadmap, this manifesto argues that journalism must embrace either major reform or revolution to survive and regain its political and social resonance. The proposed changes represent blueprints towards a renewed future in which journalism showcases the voices, perspectives and experiences of the many who have historically been subjugated to the narratives of the few. This book is a must-read for students and scholars in journalism and media studies and for anyone interested in how journalism can become more relevant and better grapple with the key issues and social struggles of our time.

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  • December 2021
  • 132 pages
  • 124 x 190 mm / 5 x 7 in
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Journalism in the Imagination and on the Ground
Chapter 2. Elites
Chapter 3. Norms
Chapter 4. Audiences
Chapter 5. Reform or Revolution?
About the Author

Barbie Zelizer is a former journalist, Raymond Williams Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for Media at Risk at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication.

Pablo J. Boczkowski is Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Director of the Center for Latinx Digital Media at Northwestern University.

C. W. Anderson is Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds.

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