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TV News Anchors and Journalistic Tradition

How Journalists Adapt to Technology

Kimberly Meltzer

Through the lens of TV news anchors, this book examines the impact that television news has had on traditional journalistic standards and practices. While TV news anchors boost the power, adulation, and authority of journalism in general, internally, the journalistic community feels that anchors undermine many key journalistic values. This book provides a historical overview of the impact they have had on American journalism, uncovering the changing values, codes of behavior, and boundaries of the journalistic community. In doing so, it reveals that challenges to journalistic standards provide an opportunity to engage in debate that is central to maintaining journalism’s identity, and demonstrate the ability of the community to self-regulate. The result is that news anchors are kept in check by the community, and the community is prompted to reexamine itself and evolve. The book’s findings also offer suggestions for thinking about how journalists are dealing with the latest technological challenges posed by the internet and mobile technology.


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Acknowledgments xi


Acknowledgments At The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, I would like to thank Barbie Zelizer for her wisdom, vision and direction on the project which became this book. Along with Barbie, I would also like to thank my esteemed advisors, Michael Delli Carpini and Elihu Katz, for shepherding me through to the completion of this project. Thank you also to the entire ASC faculty and staff, past and present, including Beverly Henry, Karen Short, Julie Sheehan, Donna Burdumy, Regina Medlock, Carmen Renwick, Lizz Cooper, Kyle Cassidy, Aaron Simmons, Suzanne Faubl, Deb Porter, Rich Cardona, Sharon Black, and Mirka Cortes. Thank you to my classmates and friends. I have eternal love and gratitude for my wonderfully supportive family. A special thank you to my brother, Jason, for providing valuable advice. In the Communication, Culture and Technology program at Georgetown University, thank you especially to Michael Macovski and Diana Owen for their guidance on aspects of the book publishing process, and all of my CCT colleagues for their encouragement. At Peter Lang Publishing, thank you to my editor, Mary Savigar, Sophie Appel and the production staff, and reviewers of the manuscript. I am so pleased to see this book come to fruition in your capable hands.

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