Towards De-Westernizing Journalism Studies

Authored by: Herman Wasserman , Arnold S. de Beer

The Handbook of Journalism Studies

Print publication date:  November  2008
Online publication date:  January  2009

Print ISBN: 9780805863420
eBook ISBN: 9780203877685
Adobe ISBN: 9781135592011


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The accelerated globalization of media and its increasingly participatory possibilities in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as a result of technological advances has raised pertinent questions regarding the definition of journalism and journalists. In an era where media have become “environmental” to the extent that the world is becoming a “mediapolis,” (Silverstone, 2007), the task of empirically and normatively defining “who is a journalist”; “what is journalism” (cf. Wyatt, 2007); deciding what is meant by journalism studies education (Fröhlich & Holtz-Bacha, 2003; Murray & Moore, 2003) and how it could be researched (see Löffelholz & Weaver, 2008) has become urgent—even while there is not agreement on evidence pointing to the relative “newness” of the current epoch of media globalization (Sparks, 2007).

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