The study of news and news practice is rich in examinations of what journalists owe to society. However, this book looks at what journalists can expect from society: what roles ownership structures, colleagues, governments and audiences should play so journalists can do their jobs well – and safely.

What Journalists Are Owed draws on a variety of research perspectives – legal and ethical analysis, surveys, interviews and content analysis – in different national settings to look at how those relationships among stakeholders are developing in a time of rapid and often unsettling chance to the political and economic environments that surround journalism. Journalism can be a risky business. This book opens some discussions on those risks can be described and mitigated.

There’s no shortage of writing about what journalists owe society – but if society wants journalism done well, what does it owe journalists in return? This volume opens a discussion on the cultural, legal-system and professional agreements that societies should provide so journalists can do their jobs in increasingly hostile political environments. This book was originally published as a special issue of Journalism Studies.

Introduction: Duties, Rights and Election-Night Pizza: Toward an Agenda of ‘What Journalists Are Owed  1. All in the Game: Communitarianism and The Wire  2.What Does Society Owe Political Cartoonists?  3. The Networks of Global Journalism: Global News Construction Through the Collaboration of Global News Startups with Freelancers  4. Pakistani Government-News Media Relationships: How Relevant Are Western Journalistic Values?  5.Rearticulating New York Times V. Sullivan As A Social Duty to Journalists  6.Watching Over the Watchdogs: The Problems that Filipino Journalists Face