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Journalism: a very short introduction

Journalism: a very short introduction

Hargreaves, Ian, author

In this new edition, Ian Hargreaves considers the role and place of journalism in our constantly evolving digital world. Exploring issues relating to privacy, democracy, the entertainment industry, and global social media, Hargreaves explores the shape and influence of journalism in years to come

Paperback, Book. English.
Second edition.
Published Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: Ian Hargreaves
ISBN: 0199686874, 9780199686872
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Previous edition: 2005.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xviii, 153 pages : illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 18 cm.
Series: Very short introductions ; 139
Subject: Mass media.; Mass media Social aspects.; Journalism.; Media Studies.
Series Title: Very short introductions ; 139.

Author note

Ian Hargreaves has been Professor of Digital Economy at the University of Cardiff since 2010. From 2006-2008 he was Senior Partner at Ofcom and between 2008-2010 he was Director of Strategic Communications for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He is heavily involved in the global debates surrounding intellectual property and copyright.


Journalism entered the twenty-first century caught in a paradox. The world had more journalism, across a wider range of media, than at any time since the birth of the western free press in the eighteenth century. Western journalists had found themselves under a cloud of suspicion: from politicians, philosophers, the general public, anti-globalization radicals, religious groups, and even from fellow journalists. Critics argued that the news industry had lost its

moral bearings, focusing on high investment returns rather than reporting and analysing the political, economic, and social issues of the day.

Journalism has a central and profound impact on our worldview; we find it everywhere from newspapers and television, to radio and the Internet. In the new edition of this thought-provoking and provocative Very Short Introduction, Ian Hargreaves examines the world of contemporary journalism. By looking not only at what journalism has been in the past, but also what it is becoming in the digital age, he examines the big issues relating to reportage, warfare, celebrity culture, privacy,

and technology worldwide.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Review from previous edition Hargreaves has written a timely and disturbing account of journalism in peril.
Martin Bell, The Times||Ian Hargreaves is a distinguished journalist and academic with a fine track record of editorial integrity and incisive thought.
Chris Cramer, Director of News, CNN