What are the current problems, pressures and opportunities facing journalists in advanced democratic societies? Has there been a 'dumbing down' of the news agenda? How can serious political, economic and social news be made interesting to young people? This book explores the current challenges faced by those working in the news media, focusing especially on the responsibilities of journalism in the advanced democracies. The authors comprise experienced journalists and academics from the UK and the other countries investigated. In the opening section they investigate the key issues facing twenty-first century journalism; while in section two they offer in-depth studies of the UK news media, discussing national newspapers; regional and local newspapers, both paid for and free; terrestrial, satellite and cable television news; radio news and online journalism. These detailed analyses provide the basis for a comparison with the media of a variety of other key advanced democracies: namely the USA, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. Drawing on this evidence, the authors map out possible future developments, paying attention to their likely global impact. The book's provocative conclusions will provide the groundwork for continuing debate amongst journalists, scholars and policy-makers concerned about the place of journalism in invigorating political processes and democratic functions.

part |2 pages

Part 1: The Key Issues Facing Journalism in the Advanced Democracies

chapter 1|14 pages


ByPeter J. Anderson (with Geoff Ward)

chapter 2|22 pages

The Changing World of Journalism

ByPeter J. Anderson and Anthony Weymouth (with Geoff Ward)

chapter 3|12 pages

Competing Models of Journalism and Democracy

ByPeter J. Anderson

chapter 4|20 pages

Challenges for Journalism

ByPeter J. Anderson

part |2 pages

Part 2: UK Case Studies

chapter 5|16 pages

UK National Newspapers

ByGeoff Ward

chapter 6|16 pages

UK Regional and Local Newspapers

ByJulie Freer

chapter 7|16 pages

UK Radio Journalism

ByJohn Drury

chapter 8|18 pages

Online Journalism

ByFrançois Nel, Mike Ward, Alan Rawlinson

chapter 9|18 pages

UK Television News

ByRobert Beers, Paul Egglestone

chapter 10|16 pages

The Changing Face of Sports Journalism and its Relationship with Hard News

ByHard News Guy Hodgson

part |2 pages

Part 3: Comparative Perspectives from Other Large Advanced Democracies

chapter 11|16 pages

Journalism in Japan

ByYoshikazu Yada

chapter 12|18 pages

Journalism in Germany

ByKnut Hickethier

chapter 13|20 pages

Journalism in the United States of America

ByHeinz Brandenburg

chapter 14|14 pages

Journalism in Italy

ByPaolo Mancini

chapter 15|16 pages

Journalism in France

ByRaymond Kuhn