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Creative Paths to Television Journalism

Jacek Dabala

The book is a scholarly and creative consideration of audiovisual broadcasting and what makes a TV performance professional. It combines an academic approach to TV News with a practical understanding of production and the new pressures bearing down on the industry. Combining a real-world understanding with a scholarly approach, it offers valuable new insights for aspiring journalists, students, researchers and lecturers into what is still the most powerful medium for news and information in the world.

«This book is an exciting and challenging look at how we can understand the way we regard people and how we create and make public our views of them in and through television. The author provides a critically engaging and detailed analysis of the practical aspects of television journalism and the ethical values replete within it as well as how it is complicit in the construction of the manifold mediated identities of those caught up in the increasingly two-way relationship between broadcaster and audience. This is a wide ranging and well researched account of the dynamics of the significance and impact of television journalism in all its richness and ambiguity.»
(Prof. Jackie Harrison, Chair, Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), Joint Head of Department and Director of Research Department of Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield, UK)
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Having watched and analysed hundreds of programmes from all over the world, I saw a need of friendly (i.e., optimistic and creative rather than critical) input into improving the quality of television journalism, as well as of initiating new ways of thinking about how to work in and to study the media. It seems to me that mutual stimulation and closer co-operation between the journalistic and academic communities would benefit both, so that theory and practice influence each other more, with journalists more aware of the research into their professional performance, and academics better able to inspire the practitioners to produce programmes that make important contributions to their communities. In a world where information has a global reach, this needs to take place mainly at the international level.

I look at TV journalism through the prism of varied experience of many years—as a former radio and TV journalist, a writer with ten popular novels of various genres to his credit, a successful screenwriter as well as a lecturer and researcher into the subject of media studies. To some extent, this book continues the research published in my Mystery and Suspense in Creative Writing (Zurich and Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2012), which focuses on the most practical rules for producing dramatic impact in a media work (in literature but also in audiovisual media) and in other forms of communication. I suggest that the basis of creating media works in practice should be “dissertational thinking”, a creative and...

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