Canadian Newspaper Ownership in the Era of Convergence: Rediscovering Social Responsibility by Walter C. SoderlundCanadian Newspaper Ownership in the Era of Convergence: Rediscovering Social Responsibility by Walter C. Soderlund

Canadian Newspaper Ownership in the Era of Convergence: Rediscovering Social Responsibility

byWalter C. Soderlund, Kai Hildebrandt, Walter I. Romanow

Paperback | June 1, 2005

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Questions related to ownership of Canadian newspapers have been a part of public policy debate at least since 1970, when the Davey Committee released its report. This book examines the ownership debate in both its empirical and normative aspects. The key question is how much control over newspaper content should be in the hands of their owners, given the need for diversity of information in the exercise of democratic governance? The book begins by introducing the concept of social responsibility, first brought to prominence in the 1947 Report of the Commission on Freedom of the Press in United States, and examines the unsuccessful Canadian history of attempts to introduce regulations into the newspaper industry. Case studies of conventional newspaper chains (acquisitions by Conrad Black's Hollinger companies in the mid 1990s) and of convergence strategies as practiced by the Aspers' CanWest Global comprise the empirical base for evaluating ownership effects on newspaper content. The conclusion makes the argument that against the history of past failures of governments to enact regulations limiting ownership, the concept of social responsibility of the media needs to be re-examined. It implies a recognition on the part of owners of the unique character of mass communication in democratic societies and, in light of the potential for abuse inherent in convergence (using and re-using the same material across different media platforms), a need for editorial autonomy of their media properties.
Walter C. Soderlund is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor. Kai Hildebrandt is Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Windsor.
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Title:Canadian Newspaper Ownership in the Era of Convergence: Rediscovering Social ResponsibilityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.97 × 6 × 0.55 inPublished:June 1, 2005Publisher:The university of Alberta PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0888644396

ISBN - 13:9780888644398

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"Soderlund and his colleagues are strong advocates of the idea that newspapers are held in trust by their owners and therefore have important civic duties to perform, such as promoting understanding and discussion of the issues of the day. ... The book is very much about the Canadian experience." - David Hutchinson, Glasgow Caledonian University - British Journal of Canadian Studies, 19.2