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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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“This is a fascinating book. It looks at television journalism in a wholly different way from anything I have previously encountered. It makes the notion of the dramaturgy of news its central point of reference. And Dabala writes from the perspective of someone who is as comfortable dealing with theories of the media as he is in dealing with the theory and practice of script-writing. This book will make anyone involved in television news – whether as scholars, students, practitioners or just viewers – rethink almost everything.”

Prof. Ivor Gaber, School of Media, Film and Music, University of Sussex, UK

“This new book combines a scholastic approach to TV News with a practical understanding of production and the new pressures bearing down on the industry. As such it combines a real-world understanding with an objective, academic perspective and offers valuable new insights into what is still the most powerful medium for news and information in the world.”

Prof. Richard Sambrook, Director, Centre for Journalism, Cardiff University, UK

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