The Institutions Of American Democracy: The Press

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EditorGeneva Overholser, Kathleen Hall Jamieson

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American democracy is built on its institutions. The Congress, the presidency, and the judiciary, in particular, undergird the rights and responsibilities of every citizen. The free press, for example, protected by the First Amendment, allows for the dissent so necessary in a democracy. Howhas this institution changed since the nation's founding? And what can we, as leaders, policymakers, and citizens, do to keep it vital? The freedom of the press is an essential element of American democracy. With the guidance of editors Geneva Overholser and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, this volume examines the role of the press in a democracy, investigating alternative models used throughout world history to better understand how theAmerican press has evolved into what it is today. The commission also examines ways to allow more voices to be heard and to improve the institution of the American free press. The Press, a collection of essays by the nation's leading journalism scholars and professionals will examine the history, identity, roles, and future of the American press, with an emphasis on topics of concern to both practitioners and consumers of American media.

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American democracy is built on its institutions. The Congress, the presidency, and the judiciary, in particular, undergird the rights and responsibilities of every citizen. The free press, for example, protected by the First Amendment, allows for the dissent so necessary in a democracy. Howhas this institution changed since the nation'...

Geneva Overholser is the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting, Missouri School of Journalism Washington Bureau. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Ph.D., is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania; Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center. Series ed...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:510 pages, 5.98 × 9.21 × 1.42 inPublished:December 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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DIRECTORY OF CONTRIBUTORSJaroslav Pelikan: GENERAL INTRODUCTION: The Press as an Institution of American Constitutional DemocracyGeneva Overholser and Kathleen Hall Jamieson: INTRODUCTIONMichael Schudson: SECTION I: ORIENTATIONS: THE PRESS AND DEMOCRACY IN TIME AND SPACE1. Daniel C. Hallin and Robert Giles: Presses and Democracies2. Michael Schudson and Susan E. Tifft: American Journalism in Historical Perspective3. Robert M. Entman: The Nature and Sources of News4. Barbie Zelizer: Definitions of Journalism5. Pamela Newkirk: The Minority Press: Pleading Our Own Cause6. John Keane: Journalism and Democracy across BordersTimothy E. Cook: SECTION II: THE FUNCTIONS OF THE PRESS IN A DEMOCRACY7. James Curran: What Democracy Requires of the Media8. Robert Schmuhl and Robert G. Picard: The Marketplace of Ideas9. Maxwell McCombs: The Agenda-Setting Function of the Press10. W. Lance Bennett and William Serrin: The Watchdog Role11. Thomas Patterson and Philip Seib: Informing the Public12. Esther Thorson: Mobilizing Citizen ParticipationMartha Joynt Kumar: SECTION III: GOVERNMENT AND THE PRESS: AN AMBIVALENT RELATIONSHIP13. Martha Joynt Kumar and Alex Jones: Government and the Press: Issues and Trends14. Timothy E. Cook: Public Policy toward the Press: What Government Does For the News Media15. Bruce W. Sanford and Jane E. Kirtley: The First Amendment Tradition and Its Critics16. Jane E. Kirtley: Legal Evolution of the Government-News Media Relationship17. Robert B. Horwitz: Communications Regulation in Protecting the Public Interest18. Daniel Schorr: Journalism and the Public Interest19. William Prochnau: The Military and the MediaTheodore L. Glasser: SECTION IV: STRUCTURE AND NATURE OF THE AMERICAN PRESS20. Robert G. Picard: Money, Media, and the Public Interest21. James T. Hamilton: The Market and the Media22. Mitchell Stephens and David T. Z. Mindich: The Press and the Politics of Representation23. Theodore L. Glasser and Marc Gunther: The Legacy of Autonomy in American Journalism24. Carolyn Marvin and Philip Meyer: What Kind of Journalism Does the Public Need?SECTION V25 The Future of News, The Future of Journalism. John Carey and Nancy Hicks Maynard: Geneva Overholser and Kathleen Hall Jamieson: AFTERWORDINDEX

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"When it comes to controlling the press, Americans for 200 years have resoundingly preferred the marketplace to the government. This important book raises the unsettling questions: What happens if the open market no longer does the job? Is it time to turn to government?"--American JournalismReview