Journalistic Authority: Legitimating News in the Digital Era by Matt CarlsonJournalistic Authority: Legitimating News in the Digital Era by Matt Carlson

Journalistic Authority: Legitimating News in the Digital Era

byMatt Carlson

Hardcover | May 23, 2017

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When we encounter a news story, why do we accept its version of events? A complicated set of cultural, structural, and technological relationships inform this interaction, and Journalistic Authority provides a relational theory for explaining how journalists attain authority. The book argues that authority is not a thing to be possessed or lost, but a quality of the connections between those laying claim to being an authority and those who assent to it.

Matt Carlson examines the practices journalists use to legitimate their work: professional orientation, development of specific news forms, and the personal narratives they circulate to support a privileged social place. He then considers journalists' relationships with the audiences, sources, technologies, and critics that shape journalistic authority in the contemporary media environment. Carlson argues that journalistic authority is always the product of complex and variable relationships. By creating a schema to account for this complexity, he presents a new model for critiquing journalism while advocating for the norms and practices we want to be authoritative.

Matt Carlson is associate professor of communication at Saint Louis University. He is author of On the Condition of Anonymity: Unnamed Sources and the Battle for Journalism (2011) and coeditor of Boundaries of Journalism: Professionalism, Practices and Participation (2015) and Journalists, Sources, and Credibility: New Perspectives (2...
Title:Journalistic Authority: Legitimating News in the Digital EraFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pagesPublished:May 23, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231174446

ISBN - 13:9780231174442

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Many Relationships of JournalismPart I. Foundations of Journalistic Authority1. Professionalism as Privilege and Distance: Journalistic Identity2. Texts and Textual Authority: Forms of Journalism3. Telling Stories About Themselves: Journalism's NarrativesPart II. Journalistic Authority in Context4. Recognizing Journalistic Authority: The Public's Opinion5. Legitimating Knowledge Through Knowers: News Sources6. Mediating Authority: The Technologies of Journalism7. Challenging Journalistic Authority: The Role of Media CriticismConclusion: The Politics of Journalistic AuthorityNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

Matt Carlson unpacks the historical, philosophical, and embodied linkages between professionalism and authority, and, in what amounts to a major contribution, assesses the present state of journalistic authority. Among the book's many strengths is its very generous and catholic embrace of literatures from a broad swath of disciplines-sociology, political science, philosophy, history, and, of course, communication/journalism/media studies.