- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; 2 edition (15 December 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1446207382
- ISBN-13: 978-1446207383
- Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
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Understanding Journalism 2ed Hardcover – 15 Dec 2012
Sheridan Burns doesn’t offer recommendations but instead poses questions that prompt the journalist to better comprehend his or her work. What are the facts? Are there any questions that remain unanswered? Is there another angle to the story? What are my ethical concerns? Can I clearly and fully justify my thinking and my decision? These are the sort of thought-provoking inquiries that the author prompts us to reflect upon – to critically reflect upon... Summing up, this is a very interesting book that I am sure will be useful to journalism students and to all those people who, as Sheridan Burns, vindicate that journalism – critical journalism – plays a crucial role in society.
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The setting is often Australia which adds colour to the interviews, such as a survival story of a man and two dogs escaping crocodiles and living off buffalo for weeks in the bush.
An example story is given as a scenario with flow charts and suggestions for proceeding; the mayor's wife, temporarily on mental health medication, shoplifts and is brought to court. Do you print the story? Why would you when you don't print every (far more serious) shoplifting case? Is the mayor's wife the same category of public figure as the elected mayor? Does her illness deserve privacy or should it be mentioned as a mitigating factor, as it was in court? A new story is provided to illustrate each chapter's points. I like this approach as it really gets the reader thinking about the issues.
Where the author falls down could be repetition, especially in the chapter on editing, showing us five versions of a story on the road to shortening and improving. I am experienced at editing and other readers may get more value out of this approach. I also dislike her choice of 'but' to illustrate starting a sentence with a preposition. But is almost always a conjunction, not a preposition. Under, over, at, in, on are prepositions. The sole use of 'but' in this context is in the suggested example "Everyone ate frogs' legs but Jack." This sentence is poor English and 'except for' would be much more appropriate. If the author wants to tell us not to start a sentence with a conjunction, 'but' would be fine.
I like the way that references are added to content, nice quotes about the work of journalism and musings on ethics sprinkled through the text with a book list at the end of each chapter. The final reference section gives all authors quoted by initials so I was unable to say how many women were listed. Seven names which I could be sure were female were in the brief index.
I borrowed this book from Dublin Business School Library. This is an unbiased review.
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