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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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Jacek Dabala is a full professor, novelist, screenwriter, and a former TV and radio journalist. He has published ten novels (mystery, suspense, thriller, fantasy, and humour) as well as a play. Media, communication, literature and film cover the range of his specialization. He is Head of the Department of the Media Workshop and Axiology at the Catholic University of Lublin, and Head of the Independent Section of Communication Skills in Medicine at the Medical University of Lublin in Poland.

He has produced numerous articles and academic books including an in-depth study on media dramaturgy for writers, journalists, and film makers; i.e. Mystery and Suspense in Creative Writing (Berlin-Zurich: Lit Verlag, 2011). After graduating from the internationally known film school in Lodz, he wrote a screenplay of one of the best-known Polish films Mlode wilki [Young Wolves, 1995]. He started work in the media after a three day prestigious casting for a TV and radio presenter in 1987.

For nearly 20 years he created hundreds of live programmes, including entertainment, culture shows, and election studios. He worked as a reporter, editor and presenter of all-day news, was involved in the production of documentaries, news and video clips, and did voice-overs for various TV productions. Regular commentaries on the media in the local and national press have always been his professional concern.

His main subjects are media studies, axiology of media, journalistic workshops, media and communication dramaturgy, rhetoric forms of communication, theory and practice...

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