The Big Picture: Why Democracies Need Journalistic Excellence by Jeffrey ScheuerThe Big Picture: Why Democracies Need Journalistic Excellence by Jeffrey Scheuer

The Big Picture: Why Democracies Need Journalistic Excellence

byJeffrey ScheuerEditorJeffrey Scheuer

Paperback | September 19, 2007

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Freedom of the press is the cornerstone of democracy. But, as countless recent examples of lapsed standards in the press since the Jayson Blair affair have shown, the First Amendment is no guarantee that American journalism will be first-rate.

A press in crisis is a democracy endangered, argues Jeffrey Scheuer--cultural critic and author ofThe Sound Bite Society.  In his new book,The Big Picture, Scheuer argues that in order for a democracy to thrive it is not enough for its press simply to be free--the press must be exceptional.  This book explores journalistic excellence and its essential relationship with democracy, explaining why democracies depend on it and are only as good as their journalism.

InThe Big Picture, Scheuer explores journalistic excellence from three broad perspectives. First, from the democratic perspective, he shows how journalism is a core democratic function, and journalistic excellence a core democratic value. Then, from an intellectual perspective, he explores the ways in which journalism addresses basic concepts of truth, knowledge, objectivity, and ideology. Finally, from an institutional perspective, he considers the role and possible future of journalism education, the importance of journalistic independence, and the potential for nonprofit journalism to meet the journalistic needs of a democratic society.

In lucid and accessible prose,The Big Picture provocatively demonstrates why we must all be vigilant about the quality of journalism today.






Jeffrey Scheueris a freelance writer who writes about media and politics. He is author ofThe Sound Bite Society: How Television Helps the Right and Hurts the Left. His criticism and commentary has appeared inThe New York Times,Washington Post, Chicago Tribune,TheLos Angeles Times, andDissent. He lives in New York City.
Title:The Big Picture: Why Democracies Need Journalistic ExcellenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.5 inPublished:September 19, 2007Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415976189

ISBN - 13:9780415976183

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Big Picture  1. The Bed of Democracy  2. News and Democracy  3. The Shape of Journalistic Excellence  4. Truth is Tricky  5. News and Knowledge  6: News and Ideology  7. Ink and Ivy: The Curious Case of Journalism Education  8. Clean News: Journalistic Excellence and Independence

Editorial Reviews

'This book is provacative, stimulating and worth putting on the book list of media studies, those presently and in the future to be part of the profession, and ourselves as citizens in a democracy.' - Chartist